After eight years in waiting, 39-year-old businessman Kim Ambrose has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on a wounding charge for an incident dating back to August 19, 2008.
The judgment was handed down on the Conference, St. Andrew resident, who faced a maximum of 4 years behind bars last week Thursday at the No.1 High Court on The Carenage by presiding Judge Justice Paula Gilford
The judge imposed specific conditions on the convicted man, including payment of EC$10, 000 compensation to be awarded to the complainant for the injury sustained to be paid within 2 years upon completion of the 18 month sentence and in default serve a 2 year prison sentence.
Ambrose also has to undergo Anger Management counseling while incarcerated and in default serve another one-year prison time.
The accused who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Anslem Clouden was initially slapped with two charges of wounding and grievous harm.
Having gone to trial, the jury found Ambrose not guilty of the grievous harm charge laid against him but guilty of wounding.
The complainant Wade John of the same village has since informed the court that he has been experiencing memory loss and lost some sense of hearing following the incident during which Ambrose used a piece of iron to inflict injury to a side of his head.
Attorney Clouden tried to convince the judge to impose a non-custodial sentence, pointing to the length of time it took to get the trial going and informing the court that his client is an established businessman who is willing to pay compensation in the amount of EC$10, 000.
The State called two witnesses to the stand – Ambrose’s common-law wife and mother of his 4-year-old daughter, and his 21-year-old son to give account of his character.
The court was told that Ambrose has previous convictions of the same nature.
This was one of the things noted by the presiding judge in adjudicating the case.
“The record shows that he has a history of aggression,” Madam Justice Gilford noted in handing down the verdict.