Kevin Straker, of Flint Hall, St Michael, walked out of Supreme Court No. 2 a free man last Friday after a jury found him not guilty of entering Anita Downes’ house as a trespasser with the intention of doing her harm.
Downes testified last week before Justice Michelle Weekes that on March 10, 2009, Straker went on to her premises to collect his two children. She told the court that Straker’s young daughter was not well at the time and the girl’s mother, Downes’ daughter, had offered to stay at home to look after the child.
After the child’s mother told Straker this, Downes said he began cursing and eventually pushed past her at the gate, went into her house and began beating her daughter. The mother intervened, tried to pull him off, but she and Straker began scuffling.
Straker reportedly wanted the child to go to his mother instead.
During her time on the witness stand, Downes’ daughter corroborated her mother’s evidence. She told the court she saw a knife fall from Straker’s possession during his struggle with her mother.
In an unsworn statement from the dock, Straker said he never trespassed inside Downes’ house, nor did he have a knife that day. He also suggested that it was not possible to trespass on property which he was accustomed to visiting and where his two children live.
Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale prosecuted the case while Straker defended himself.