Four years after he denied assaulting a woman, Dale Adrian Harewood had a change of heart.
He was ordered by the court to pay $750 compensation for assaulting Sherry-Ann Beckles but in the spirit of the season he volunteered an additional $250 to go to the Salvation Army.
When he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, Harewood, 50, of Holder’s Hill, St James, changed his plea and admitted to assaulting Beckles occasioning her actual bodily harm on October 7, 2014.
Beckles who was present in court, told the accused she was glad he finally owned up to his actions.
“I wanted you to acknowledge that you came into my personal space and hit me. Your actions made me feel weak and I didn’t like that,” she said.
“The case has taken a while to come back up. Initially I was angry and I wanted you to go to jail, but I would like some compensation for my injury,” she told the court.
During the assault, Beckles received a laceration above the right eye that required stitches. She told the magistrate she would like $1000 in compensation.
Afterwards, Harewood, who apologized for his actions revealed that he had tried to change his plea two years ago.
“I am very, very, sorry and I know I can’t take it back,” he said.
Cuffy-Sargeant then told Harewood he would have to pay $750 in compensation.
“As a gesture of good faith I will pay the additional $250 to the Salvation Army,” was his response.
The compensation was paid but Harewood will return to court on Friday where someone from the Salvation Army is expected to be present to receive the donation.