A father who pleaded guilty more than a year ago to cuffing one of his daughter’s classmates in the face has been ordered to compensate the child.
Tyrone Selvin Stanton, 51, of Kensington New Road, St Michael, admitted in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to assaulting primary school student Jadian Grant, occasioning him actual bodily harm, on June 12, 2015.
The facts that had been presented when Stanton pleaded guilty, were that his daughter and Grant, who were classmates, were hitting each other during break that day. When Stanton went to collect the girl at 3 p.m., she complained that Grant had hit her.
Stanton instructed her to “hit him back”, which the girl did, but Grant retaliated by hitting back. That resulted in Stanton cuffing the boy in his face, causing swelling to his left eye.
Grant’s stepfather saw what happened, took Grant home and reported the incident to the child’s mother.
Stanton later turned himself in to police.
When he made his court appearance in July last year, Stanton told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that he had no explanation for what happened that day.
“Everything happened so fast. . . . Since this thing happened, I have not been able to sleep well or eat well,” the security guard told the court.
“You shouldn’t,” Frederick had told him. “You got into something which you should not have. You are an adult. You are what they call a big hard-back man. What were you doing getting into something like this and hitting a Class 4 child?”
Today, Magistrate Frederick ordered Stanton to compensate Grant, whose mother was present in court, the sum of $1,200 in three months or spend six months in prison.
He was also bonded to keep peace and “not to look at this lady or her child” for six months. In breach, he would be slapped with a three-month prison term.