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Chairman of the Coalition
Against Domestic Violence,
Diana Mahabir-Wyatt, wants
the police to use the Offences
Against the Persons Act to
charge men who beat their
wives in public, instead of
the Domestic Violence Act.
She says this will give the
victim more protection and
facilitate stiffer penalties for
the perpetrator. Her com-
ments came after Hazel Ann
Daniel, 47, who was a murder
suspect in the death of her
husband Churchill James, was
released from custody last
week. The mother of nine was
a victim of domestic violence.
In an interview with the
T&T Guardian, Mahabir-
Wyatt called on the Govern-
ment to amend the Offences
Against the Person Act to
"The legislation needs to
be looked at again," Mahabir-
"We have to start seeing
physical abuse and violence
in a domestic situation as a
crime which falls under the
Offences Against the Person
Act. If a man beats his wife
on the street it is not regarded
as a crime. We have a con-
stitutional obligation for
equality under the law."
She said under the Domes-
tic Violence Act, a protection
order is usually granted and
the perpetrator would go to
jail only in they broke the
However, she said if the
abuser is charged under the
Offences Against the Persons
Act, the perpetrator can face
a fine of $2,000 and six
months imprisonment, a
$10,000 fine or $5,000 fine
plus six months imprison-
ment upon summary convic-
Under the current legisla-
tion, a harassed person can
also get a protection order
issued by the court.
"Honey, pass a juice for me please,"
his Indian girlfriend at the time would
call out to him as she helped sell roti
in her mother s roti shop.
Over time, the phrase became:
"Honey, pass a juice ..."
Then: "Honey, a juice ..."
Eventually, even customers were call-
ing out to her young boyfriend: "Honey,
Bearing the same initials as his official
birth name, "Honey Juice" stuck.
Now, decades later, on the breezy
seaside verandah of his home in Lam-
beau, I meet Hollis "Honey Juice"
Joseph---master in the arena of magical
"Arena" is a fitting word to use in
conjunction with his jaw-dropping
repertoire. Prior to performance, like a
gladiator about to enter the arena to do
battle, he dons his proverbial armour---
multiple heavy silver metal chains bear-
ing the name Honey Juice, his initials
or carved with mystical looking symbols
are draped around his neck ... large silver
rings, like amulets pulled from an ancient
magician s treasure chest are slipped
ceremoniously onto each finger ... his
black pants billow and puff slightly
around the ankles like those of a genie
... his black shirt, waist jacket, head tie
and somewhat iridescent shoes complete
the commanding picture of a man who,
in his words, performs "magical acro-
The first time I had heard of him I
"There s this man called Honey Juice
who balances a bicycle on his teeth," a
friend once told me.
"And I think he might be in the Guin-
ness Book of World Records for being
the fastest man in the world to rip a
coconut open with his teeth."
As a child, inspired by his bicycle-
balancing reverend father, young Hollis
began to explore the world of acrobatics
and took it to another level, mastering
balancing acts with forks, ice picks and other household
or garden objects.
"The fork is an original act," he says. "No one ever
did that fork thing."
Don t assume he is talking about a piece of cutlery.
Taking me into the garden, Honey Juice demonstrates
by balancing a heavy upright pitchfork on his face, its
two central prongs pressing into the soft flesh on either
side of his nose bridge, micrometres from the whites
of his eyes.
His devoted life partner, Janice Deane, doesn t like
to see him perform that act. But, with the concentration
and mastery of one who excels at whatever he puts
his energy into, Honey Juice is able to not only safely
balance the garden fork between his eyes, but dance
while doing so.
"I don t have much competition," he announces.
In over 50 years of local and international perform-
ance (33 of which have been in Tobago) no one has
dared to copy him.
I watch in awe as he clenches the wooden handle
Mahabir-Wyatt wants law changed...
Mahabir-Wyatt also said that many
lawyers in T&T were not aware of a legal
defence called battered women syndrome.
"If somebody has been continuously
threatened, terrorised, beaten and abused by
a partner in a domestic violence situation and
they react in self-defence, the law offers
protection for that person."
She said in Daniel's case it was clear that
she was not guilty of murdering James.
"He came into the house with a cutlass and
she knew she was going to be killed. If she
was accustomed to having him threaten her
with violence and abuse for over a decade ...
and it was pretty obvious that he was coming
to kill her," Mahabir-Wyatt said.
She also said that more people were
reporting domestic violence.
"We are now seeing police following up on
domestic violence reports. We now have a
Child Protection Unit and officers are trained
to deal with child abuse. The Victim Support
Unit of the police led by Margaret Sampson-
Brown is doing a great job."
However, co-ordinator of the Network of
NGOs of T&T for the Advancement of
Women, Hazel Brown, said the people in the
communities must be responsible in reporting
"We need empowerment of people in
communities to deal with this issue. People in
communities have to take responsibility for
what is happening. They must be willing to
take action when they know something is
going on," Brown said.
Provisional figures from the Crime and Problem Analysis
(CAPA) Unit of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) indicate that
for the period January 1, 2004 to February 28, 2014, 15,312
reports of domestic violence were received. Offences ranged
from psychological abuse to murder. The greatest number of
reports were for "assault by beating" and "threats" which
were 7,404 and 4,871, respectively. In the case of murder as a
result of domestic violence, 239 people were victims during
of an ice pick between his teeth and balances a long
metallic rod on its tip. Atop the rod is a glass of water,
stationary in the grip of his concentrative power.
He can swallow gasoline and breathe fire as easily
as he can shake a bag full of leaves and turn them
into money, stones or sweets.
Flip the coin and, just as magically, he becomes as
sweet as his name suggests ... a homemaker who
loves children and animals and takes pride in his out-
door brick oven and magic showroom covered in a
mystical mural painted by Janice.
He and Janice tell me of wonderful plans being
conjured at their home space for the local and inter-
national public. These will be revealed in time.
Meanwhile, to book Honey Juice, you can call
At home with fearless Honey Juice
Hollis "Honey Juice" Joseph and his life partner Janice Deane.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS
BATTERED WOMAN DEFENCE
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