Bar­ba­dos: Guyanese woman drops charges against hus­band

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(Bar­ba­dos Na­tion) She ini­tially lodged a charge against her com­mon­law hus­band for as­sault, but af­ter con­vers­ing with some other women in the Dis­trict “A” court­yard, a Guyanese woman de­cided to drop the mat­ter against him.

Guyanese Heim­c­hand Dhan­pat, 40, of No. 64 Lukes Av­enue, Bayville, St Michael, de­nied as­sault­ing Sarone Gilkes, oc­ca­sion­ing her ac­tual bod­ily harm on Jan­uary 11.

Prose­cu­tor Sta­tion Sergeant Car­ri­son Henry told Act­ing Mag­is­trate Anika Jack­son even though the pros­e­cu­tion would not want to ob­ject to bail, there were some con­cerns.

“There is some con­cern about his sta­tus in the coun­try. He is also al­legedly charged for as­sault­ing his com­mon-law wife and the ques­tion of where he will stay has arisen,” he said.

When called upon, at­tor­ney Sa­muel LeGay, who rep­re­sented the main­te­nance tech­ni­cian, said he was wait­ing on Im­mi­gra­tion to reg­u­larise his stay as with many other cases.

An im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer told the court, Dhan­pat had made an ap­pli­ca­tion for im­mi­grant sta­tus since 2013, but the ap­pli­ca­tion was still be­ing pro­cessed.

“I pe­rused his file this morn­ing and there is noth­ing there ba­si­cally. I can­not say specif­i­cally if it will be ap­proved or not. In the past there were some chal­lenges with Mr Dhan­pat and some in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still go­ing on, but there is noth­ing that should stop the ap­pli­ca­tion from hap­pen­ing,” he said.

LeGay then added the is­sue of where his client would re­side was in­valid as he was mov­ing out of the premises shared with Gilkes later that day.

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