Edison Kurt Pemberton, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his former girlfriend, has been sentenced to an imprisonment term of four years.
Pemberton, who hails from Newtwon and not from Pointe Michel as was earlier reported, pleaded guilty to wounding Bianca Blanchard with a cutlass on 10 January 2017 for the incident which occurred on 23 November 2015.
He was sentenced by Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke on Friday 17 March 2017 at the High Court of Justice.
Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke stated that both the mitigating and aggravating factors, as well as the doctor’s report, were considered before sentencing.
According to Clarke, the fact that all of Blanchard’s injuries are permanent and that after six surgeries, Blanchard has only regained 60% use of her hands, weighed on her sentence.
She noted that the court took note of Pemberton’s statement at the time of the incident, when he told the victim while inflicting the blows ‘Jail you want me to go? I will kill you and go to jail!”
She also stated that the court is of the view that while in a relationship with the victim, he disrespected her trust by taking another woman into the home that he shared with Blanchard, and when confronted and unable to get his way, he showed uncontrollable anger, bought a weapon and proceeded to attack her with the intention to kill.
Clarke further stated that Pemberton refused to take full responsibility for his actions as he continues to blame a “supernatural” force for his actions, and has shown no remorse since the incident.
Clarke stated that the only two mitigation factors which she will take notice of is that Pemberton pleaded guilty on the very first occasion and he has been on remand since.
The sentence began at seven years, with one third taken off for his early plea of guilt, and the time already spent in remand, which totals to one year and four months, also taken off, giving Pemberton four years behind bars.
Pemberton had been on remand at the Dominica State Prison from November 2015.