Judge furious as complainant tries to drop assault case

November 12, 2021

A judge stressed yesterday that a message has to be sent to repeat offenders who come before the court for charges of assault.

Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague commented on the matter involving Rohan Moore, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The complainant informed the prosecutor that she no longer wants to pursue the matter against Moore, with whom she shares a child. However, the judge was not moved.

"You see a message must be sent you know. Three counts of assault, three different occasions? There are two different officers so it's two different police have to do two different kinds of investigation. Let me tell you something, the citizens of this country need to understand something. When matters are reported and investigations are done, it costs the police's time, it costs resources, it costs the hospitals and it cost judges' time," the judge said.

One investigating officer told the judge that he has tried mediating the situation between the parties, which did not work, and another investigating officer shared that the complainant has tried previously to have the accused freed, alleging that Moore needed to attend the funeral of a loved one.

The court heard that when he appeared before the court prior to yesterday, Moore's bail was revoked on the grounds that he committed the offences while the subject of a probation order.

"There was one particular defendant who came and propose to woman in court, right? He came early in the year and put on one big production and people buy in the argument. And then two months after, the same defendant come before me with the same lady then three months after, it was with a new lady. A message must be sent, nobody not going to manipulate no system once I'm sitting in here," Cole-Montague told the court.

Moore was remanded in custody and is set to return to court on January 11, 2022 for trial.

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