Clifton John at court on May 28.
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30-year-old Clifton John, also known as Cliff, was taken before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin on May 28 in relation to three charges that stem from an altercation with a woman in Virgin Gorda. John is facing the charges of threatening language, criminal damage, and assault causing actual bodily harm.
The court heard that the complainant, who owns a bar in North Sound, Virgin Gorda was in a relationship with the defendant.
The incident is said to have occurred on May 24 when the defendant was at the complainant’s bar and observed the complainant and a female friend playing domino in the company of two men, one being the friend’s boyfriend.
It was explained that the complainant and her friend went to the bathroom and upon her return, the defendant asked to speak to her. The court heard that the defendant then asked the complainant what she was discussing with her friend.
Crown Counsel Annjel Solomon told the court that the defendant then told the complainant, “You must not lie to me or else I would f#@k you up!”
At some point, he then took a knife and held it to the woman’s throat. This caused the complainant to call out to her friend for help.
The friend was allegedly pushed when she came to her friend’s rescue, and the friend’s boyfriend, who rushed to the rescue, began arguing with the defendant.
It was stated the complainant and her friend began to leave for the police station and on the way out, the women heard noises which were later noted by the staff to be the sounds of the television and speakers being thrown by the defendant.
When police later questioned the defendant, he denied the allegations.
In court on Tuesday, John wasn’t pleaded. In addition to bail, he was ordered to report three days a week to the Virgin Gorda Police Station, surrender his travel documents and have no contact with the complainant.
He will be returning to court on July 30.