Husband to pay for smashing wife’s phone

A MAN who destroyed his wife’s cellular phone has been ordered to compensate her for the device.

Stephen Latchman appeared before San Fernando magistrate Alicia Chankar charged with malicious damage of the phone and resisting arrest. The charges were laid by constable Delisa Wilson.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said it was at 11.10 p.m. on Sunday that officers went to the home of the Latchmans in Claxton Bay. They met Dhanmatee Latchman on the roadway and she told the officers that her husband “mash up” her phone. Stephen Latchman however countered that he was the one who had paid for the device.

Officers told him he was under arrest for the malicious damage and the police held onto his hand. Stephen Latchman violently pulled away.

Latchman, 43, was soon after arrested. He and the damaged $1,500 Samsung phone were taken to the St Margaret police station.

At his court appearance before Chankar, Latchman was fined $1,500 for damaging the phone. In default of paying the fine, he will face a three month jail term. He was also ordered to pay $1,500 compensation to his wife by March 30 or face six weeks simple imprisonment.

Latchman was also fined $500 for resisting arrest. He was given two weeks to pay the money.