A father was ordered to pay $500 forthwith in compensation to his daughter after he confessed to assaulting her and occasioning her actual bodily harm, by dragging her from one place to the other on March 16.
Magistrate Wanda Blair gave the first-time offender the alternative of one month in jail if it was not paid. Kyle Orson Clarke paid the money and was reprimanded and discharged.
Clarke, who is visiting the island, attended a wake with his daughter and on their way back to St Lucy, the two got into an argument. Clarke had been drinking at the function.
When they reached home around 10 p.m. the argument continued. Clarke went to the complainant’s bedroom, ordered her to shut up and squeezed her mouth shut.
Sergeant Derwin Thompson further told the court that Clarke then dragged her by the hand out of the bedroom and into the living-room, causing her to hit her back in the process. He then pushed her through a side door and the 21-year-old fell down the stairs, hitting her right side. Clarke then tried dragging her to the side of the road before going back in to
The matter was reported to police and the accused was taken into custody the following day.
Mitigating, attorney-at-law Alvan Babb said his client had tried his best as a father to make a better life for his daughter, including making plans for her to migrate and taking her overseas on two occasions, but she had left and returned to Barbados.
The lawyer further said that on the night in question the girl had been cursing the father and he had asked her to leave the house several times, before he eventually took action.
Magistrate Blair said even though she understood his emotions, it was important for him to understand that the complainant was past the age where she could be disciplined in certain ways.
The complainant requested compensation for her injuries, which were minor abrasions to one elbow and soft tissue injury to the lower back.