A Black Rock, St Michael family should undergo counselling once all the parties agree to it.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick made the suggestion today after a teenaged girl pleaded guilty to assaulting her mother’s boyfriend and causing him actual bodily harm on July 2.
The District ‘A’ Magistrates Court heard from the prosecutor that last Saturday the complainant was in his bedroom when he saw the girl throwing his towel from the clothesline through his bedroom window and on to the floor. He responded by telling her that if she wanted to use the line, she could have said so and he would have removed his clothes from it.
The man intended to tell the girl’s mother about the incident, but while he was walking through the house, the girl jumped on his back and bit him in the shoulder.
Later, as he was relating the incident to her mother, the reportedly cuffed him in his face before her mother restrained her. The man went next door and called the police.
In her version of events, the 16-year-old said while she was in the backyard, his towel fell from the line so she picked it up, removed it from near the other clothing and placed it by itself on the line. It was then that she said her mother’s boyfriend came outside and began cursing her and calling her names.
As he turned to leave the yard, the girl admittedly jumped on the complainant’s back and bit him.
Addressing the girl’s mother today, the magistrate queried whether they had tried to settle the matter before it reached the court. The mother said she had because she believed the matter could have been solved otherwise.
The mother also said that she and her partner would continue to reside together, along with the girl.
That being the case, the magistrate felt that something had to be done to keep the peace in that home.
Frederick then called on the probation officer who was present in court and she recommend that the family receives counselling from PAREDOS.
The case was adjourned until Monday when the complainant is expected to be present. The girl will remain on $1, 500 bail until then.