Psychological evaluation for man who abused girlfriend

POSTED: 09/2/11 11:40 AM

St. Maarten – Jeremiah V.O.D., a 25-year-old who is currently in the Bavpol-training to become a law enforcement officer, stood trial for domestic violence in the Court in First Instance yesterday. The court postponed the trial until November 9 to give psychologist Arrindell the opportunity to evaluate the defendant’s anger management issues.
On June 24 of this year, D. got into an argument with his girlfriend over child support he was paying to his ex-wife. He grabbed his girlfriend by her throat while she had a child on her arm and pressed so hard that the woman got trouble breathing. He also allegedly hit her on her body and against her head.
“I took her by her throat to calm her down,” D. told the court yesterday. “I did not have the intention to strangle her. When you are angry you do not realize the force you are suing.”
Prosecutor mr. M.L.P. Keppels told the defendant that he needs to get his anger under control. “You told the police you are able to control you anger, but I wonder,” she said. The girlfriend later attempted to withdraw her complaint against her (now former) boyfriend, because she did not want to endanger his career.
Ridderbeks wondered why the defendant had not sought help. D. said that, after the fight on June 24, he got involved in three more arguments with the girl, but that in those cases he walked away from the situation.
When the prosecutor proposed a psychological evaluation, the defendant said, “No problem.”
Judge mr. M. Keppels agreed that this was a good idea.

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