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Murder accused says sorry for exposing wife

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HE FILMED his naked wife and then distributed the video to all and sundry.

Yesterday Applon Ishmael Ithamar Parris said he did it out of frustration.

“I apologise for my behaviour,” the technician of Taitts Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, told the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.

“It was done out of frustration. I should never have embarrassed my wife,” the limping man, who had been shot by police, added.

Parris, who was charged with the murder of Constable Shayne Welch on March 26, had just confessed to using a computer – a smartphone – to send an electronic communication that was obscene and intended to cause distress to his wife Diana Parris to whom he intended its contents to be communicated on March 26.

He was not required to plead to the murder charge.

Parris was also charged with unlawfully assaulting Acting Station Sergeant Leslie Arthur with intent to prevent his lawful apprehension, in District C’s jurisdiction on March 27, as well as entering Grethel Payne’s house, between March 26 and 27, and stealing a cell phone belonging to her, in District E’s jurisdiction.

He did not plead to those charges.

Magistrate Elwood Watts told Parris the charge for sending the obscene video was the “kind of offence that should attract a custodial sentence”.

“Your wife naked on social media? You should have been more sensitive than that,” the magistrate told Parris as he ordered a pre-sentencing report on the video charge. The magistrate remanded Parris to HMP Dodds.

The accused will appear at the District “C” Magistrates’ on April 10; at the District “E” Magistrates’ Court on April 12, and he will reappear on May 3 at the Oistins Court.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett said Parris and his wife Diana were having marital problems and, as a result, she became involved with Constable Shayne Welch who lived in Kingsland, Christ Church.

It was around 5:30 a.m. that Parris broke into Welch’s home and videotaped his wife naked in bed at Welch’ home.

He then sent that video out, with his Samsung smartphone, to a number of people. (HLE)

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