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For three hours, McDonald Ricardo Whitehall followed the woman he loved through the streets of Bridgetown.

The problem was that woman – his ex-wife – did not take kindly to the attention and called lawmen.

That was in February, this year, and Whitehall has been unable to see her since then as he has been on remand at HMP Dodds.

And that stay continues for another three weeks after he reappeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Whitehall, 47, of Vaucluse Tenantry, Shop Hill, St Thomas, was back in court where changed his plea and admitted he harassed 63-year-old Marguerite Bellamy on February 25, this year.

The court had heard from prosecutor Sergeant Theodore McClean that Whitehall and Bellamy were divorced and Whitehall has been constantly harassing her since their marriage ended.

He has been begging her to rebuild their relationship, but she has refused.

In February, this year, the woman was in Tudor Street, when Whitehall approached her and asked her, once again, about sex and about getting back together.

He also professed his love for her.

The woman refused his advances, again, and demanded that he leave her alone.

She left the area and walked to Trevor’s Way. Whitehall followed her there on bicycle and did so for about three hours.

The woman then walked to Cheapside, and Whitehall followed her there too. Eventually, he rode off and the woman called the police.

His attorney, Mohia Ma’at, put down Whitehall’s action’s to his love for his ex-wife.

The attorney later begged the court to release him on bail pending sentencing.

But Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant refused.

She pointed to Whitehall’s previous convictions for the same woman.

 “Most of his convictions are for offences against the person. He has a history and a pattern dating back to 1989,” the magistrate said.

“The court is not minded to release Mr Whitehall. He has a history not just dating back to yesterday, but to yesteryear,” the magistrate declared as she remanded Whitehall back to HMP Dodds until November 22. (HLE)


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