There is no excuse for taking the law into one’s hands.
This was the clear message from Magistrate Douglas Frederick to a Christ Church man, who pleaded guilty this morning to pelting stones at the man accused of indecently assaulting his daughter.
The father appeared in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court charged with maliciously wounding Kenneth Holder on December 9, 2017.
He was also charged with damaging a window, door and two louvres at Holder’s home on the same date.
In outlining the facts of the case, Prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid explained that on the day in question the child was found at the residence of the complainant, who was eventually charged with indecent assault of the child.
Upon learning of the circumstances, the father went to Holder’s home and threw a number of stones at him, one of which struck the complainant on the forehead.
However, the father’s attorney Verla De Peiza asked the judge to consider the fact that her client has never been before the court, as well as the emotionally charged nature of the circumstances.
“We don’t condone taking the law into our own hands but the circumstances were fresh as they all occurred on the same day and there really wasn’t any cooling off period,” she said.
“It doesn’t mean that he should get off scot-free, but certainly it merits understanding
given the manner in which these circumstances arose.
“He has put up his hand and admitted that he was wrong but he did so in defence of his minor daughter. There is no rational response to such circumstances,” De Peiza argued.
Before handing down his judgment, Frederick cautioned the father to let the court do its job.
“We don’t condone that type of behaviour. This is exactly why the courts were set up in the first place,” the magistrate said before ordering the father to pay $1, 000 in property damages in three months or he will have to spend three months in prison.
The father was also fined $350 for wounding and ordered to keep the peace for the next six months.