Magistrate Douglas Frederick today strongly chided a 37-year-old man who got involved in a “little girls’ fight” to defend his sister whom he said was a victim of bullying.
“You are wrong on so many different levels,” Frederick told Kyrnan Alonzo Brewster, of Upper Hindsbury Road, St Michael, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a 14-year-old girl yesterday.
According to Sergeant Theodore McClean, Brewster’s sister, who is also 14 years old, was involved in an altercation with the other girl. When he got home and was told about the incident, he went to the girl’s house to speak to her but the situation deteriorated and they engaged in a verbal exchange, which ended with Brewster slapping the teen across her face.
He had also armed himself with a rock and a 2×4 piece of wood.
The incident was reported to police and the man was later arrested.
In his defence, Brewster said he was told that the victim had crossed a road, rushed into his mother’s gallery and cuffed his sister without uttering a word.
“All I did was go over to the grandmother’s to speak [with them], to find out what going on and why. I don’t really deal with children but this is three times now she interfering with my sister,” he said, adding that at one point the young girl “cussed” her grandmother.
“I told her that she was wrong but I drop some cuss words too,” Brewster admitted.
He further explained that he hit the girl after becoming vexed and frustrated.
“She kicked at me and I slip back and my hand must have slapped her,” he said.
The magistrate told Brewster he had given quite a credible account of the incident up until that point.
“Nobody believes that,” Frederick stated, to which Brewster responded, “I respect that.”
He also admitted that he armed himself with a rock and piece of wood when the little girl ran for a rock and aimed it at his sister.
“I know I am wrong and I am very sorry for hitting she, but my intention was to clear the air and to find out why she targeting my sister all the time . . . Especially how these little children going I don’t want my sister to get [hurt],” Brewster said.
But Frederick made it clear that Brewster should not have taken matters into his own hands.
“You went there angry and she is a little girl. You went and put the law completely out of your favour. Two wrongs don’t make a right,” the magistrate said, “especially as you are already on bail and not adhering to your conditions or even showing for court.”
For Brewster missing court on the pending charge, his surety had to pay $500 forthwith from the $2,500 bail and he was further granted bail in the sum of $2,000 to return to court on March 2.
On that date, the magistrate will speak to the family of the 14-year-old victim.