A teenager, who failed to “honour his father” when he threw stones at him and damaged his car, is now out on bail.
Eighteen-year-old Rhys Antonio Ricardo Trotman of The Pine, St Michael admitted before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court to damaging the windshield and the roof of his father Andrew Trotman’s car on September 25.
According to prosecutor, Station Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls, Rhys was at home cooking on the day in question when his dad disconnected the gas line, and ushered the teen outside, while complaining that he was not contributing to the household.
However, once free, the teenager armed himself with a number of stones, which he threw at the father forcing him to seek cover at a neighbour’s house.
And despite pleas for several people, the prosecutor, said the teen continued throwing the stones, which shattered the car’s rear windshield and dented on the vehicle’s roof.
The teen, who is not known to the criminal justice system, then left the house and went to live with his sister.
Despite pleading guilty to the charge, the teenager told the magistrate he had only retaliated because his father had chopped him with a sword on his hand and on his stomach before he left the house.
Asked whether he knew what the Fifth Commandment said, Trotman replied “Honour your father and your mother”.
However, the magistrate warned him that “when you dishonor them, you don’t live long on the land, that’s God’s promise.
“It is no wonder you see so many young people killing or getting killed,” Watts stated.
However, the magistrate said he would also have words with the teen’s father if he was in court as “parents must not exasperate their children . . . . or abuse them”.
When asked if he had anything to say the teen gave an unapologetic “no Sir”.
“It’s something that has been happening for a long time,” the teen revealed, adding that “he [the father] does cook food for himself and I don’t get nothing, so why do I have to [contribute]?”
The magistrate explained to the teenager that it was because he was now working and was still living at his dad’s house.
“So you have to expect to contribute,” Watts maintained, while telling the teenager that for his “foolish behaviour” he now had to repay his father for the damage done to the vehicle.
“You can’t interfere, harass or threaten your father,” the magistrate warned as he granted the teen $1,000 bail.
However, the surety put another twist on the situation.
“[The] father is an alcoholic who is abusive to both female and male children,” the surety claimed.
The case was adjourned until October 13 when the court is expected to get an evaluation of the damage caused to the vehicle.