More serious cases of grievous sexual assault (anal play without a penis usually a tongue or device) or buggery that go to the Supreme Court are not treated lightly however and usually accused when found guilty serve the full sentences.
A gym instructor accused of beating up a man for a bag of charcoal told the court that he assaulted the man after he grabbed onto his testicles.
Jerome Sculley, 24, of Melbrook Heights, Harbour View in Kingston, was arrested and charged on May 10, with simple larceny and assault occasioning bodily harm.
Allegations are that around 8:30 am the complainant, who sells charcoal from a van, was exiting the Melbrook Heights community when Sculley approached him and begged him some of his coal. The complainant reportedly refused and Sculley pulled a bag of coal from the van and then grabbed at the 64-year-old complainant and threw him on the ground, before punching him all over his body.
Individuals who saw what was happening reportedly went to the complainant's aid and he ran to the police station and reported the matter.
"This man come out a nowhere and grabbed on pon me balls and when him grabbed on pon me balls me punch him," he said. "I was never beating him up, I was never punching him up."
Following Sculley's explanation the magistrate told him that she would have to send the matter to trial as he was acting in self-defence, if his story was true.
The matter was then scheduled for trial on August 11 and Sculley's bail was extended.
The case was called up in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court.
Ewen, who is of a Bull Bay address in St Andrew, received an extension of his bail from presiding magistrate Wilson Smith as the judge who had been hearing the case, Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie, was absent.
Ewen was charged with Terry’s murder in October 2009 after he was found dead at his home in Mount Carey, St James, on September 10 that year.
Terry reportedly died as a result of strangulation.
Yesterday, Ewen’s attorney, Trevor Ho Lyn, sought to have the case deferred until a later date when RM Tie would be present to complete the matter.