Jovan Stephenson, the man who was seen in a viral video on social media relentlessly kicking the mother of his children, told her that he was going to kill himself.
The thirty-two-year-old accused and the complainant, his children’s mother, appeared before Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.
Prior to his charge with assault occasioning bodily harm following his most recent attack on the complainant, Stephenson previously answered for physical assault against her after the pair were sent to mediation but was later arrested for unlawfully wounding her in 2022.
His recent physical attack on the mother of his children took place on January 18, following the court hearing for the unlawful wounding charge. Expressing that she could sense Stephenson’s ill intent, the complainant told Cole-Montaque that after seeing the way he looked at her during the hearing, she waited 15 minutes to leave the courthouse. But Stephenson was waiting for her outside and swiftly attacked, brutally kicking her repeatedly.
The complainant shared that she received multiple injuries, including injuries on her fingers, and has not been able to take care of the two babies that she shares with Stephenson. She went on to disclose that after footage of the incident began to circulate rapidly on the internet and the police began looking for him, Stephenson threatened to commit suicide.
“He called me on a private number on the Wednesday night it happened and said it was out of frustration he did it. And then on Friday now, he called before he go to jail [and said] that him going to kill himself,” the complainant said.
After observing Stephenson in the prisoner’s dock in the courthouse, judge Cole-Montaque said that she could not see any remorse from him. “I see the way he has been glancing just now [and] when I look at those eyes, I see no sign of remorse,” Cole-Montaque stated.
Stephenson had previously paid the complainant $65,000 following mediation after his first physical assault against her.
According to Judge Cole-Montaque, he is now in “the half-a-million range for damages because her life is not the same now.” Stephenson was unable to pay the restitution compensation. He has been remanded until March 30 and is expected to be sentenced for the charge at that point.