“I duh want to kill him!”
This was the cry of a young mother in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today after pleading guilty to wounding a 54-year-old man, charged with indecently assaulting her 11-year-old daughter.
The 35-year-old mother, who lives in a St Michael community, stabbed the accused man “three times” about the upper body on December 9.
According to the prosecutor, the mother and daughter were regular visitors to the accused man’s home as they are neighbours.
However, around 6:30 p.m. last Saturday, the girl went across to his house for something to eat and when her mother went searching for her, she found the child hiding in a wardrobe in the man’s bedroom.
This discovery angered the mother who immediately left and returned moments later armed with a knife and accompanied by the child’s father. She then stabbed him in the upper arm and shoulder even as she told him “he wanted killing”.
Station Sergeant Neville Reid said the father also intervened and was now being sought in connection with the attack.
With tears streaming down her face, the mother told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that both she and her daughter were practically raised in the man’s house.
“She learn to walk in that house,” she said, while expressing disbelief that he would actually sexually assault the minor.
“I never expected nothing so from this man,” she added, even as she admitted that she took the law into her own hands.
“I duh want to kill him, I duh want to,” she declared.
The accused man meantime told the magistrate that he had suffered three stab wounds, including one to the back.
He also revealed that “the girl was there on the bed”.
This comment led the magistrate to ask, “you good in your head?”
“I believe so,” the accused man replied.
It was then that more of the story emerged.
The mother explained that her neighbour’s house was usually unlocked, but on the day of the alleged incident, it was shut.
“Why all of sudden all the doors lock? He come to the door wrap in a towel . . . and run in the kitchen . . . and she hiding, she doesn’t do that,” the woman said.
The magistrate chastised the man for having the child in his bed even as he told the mother that she needed to be more circumspect about her daughter’s whereabouts.
“You have to be more careful. Times have changed . . . . But I don’t know many other persons in your situation who wouldn’t have done what you did,” Frederick told the mother.
He then ordered a pre sentencing report into the woman’s life as she was not previously known to the court.
She was granted $2,500 bail and is expected to return to court on March 16.
In the meantime, the accused man, a mechanic, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which allegedly took place on the aforementioned date.
However, the prosecutor objected to bail based on the serious nature of the accusation leveled against him, the strengthen of the prosecution’s evidence, the age of the victim, the close proximity in which the parties live and for his own safety.
But in his own defence, the accused said he did not believe he would have any more problems with anyone else. He also reported that he was currently working on two cars which were “currently pulled down” and had to be completed.
He also submitted that he could “ leave the neighbourhood to make peace, I don’t have to live there”.
However, the magistrate, in rejecting his application, said it was best to “let things settle down” and remanded the accused to HMP Dodds until Friday.