At their wits end with a man who was continually interfering with their relative, an irate brother and sister administered their own form of justice.
Unfortunately for Michelle and Mikhail Samuel, their actions landed them in trouble with the law and in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today where they pleaded guilty to separate charges stemming from the same incident.
Michelle, 31, whose address was given as Deighton Road, St Michael, admitted to unlawfully assaulting Ricardo Carmichael on March 31, 2018.
Her younger brother, 26-year-old Mikhail, of Brittons New Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, pleaded guilty to wounding Carmichael on the same date.
Michelle told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that she slapped the complainant because he continually harassed her young daughter.
“I was inside nursing my five-month-old son so I sent my big daughter to buy some snacks. Moments later she came back crying and told me that Ricardo said he is giving her two more years before she ready for c**k,” she explained.
“I approached him and asked him why he don’t leave my daughter and he fling off he hand and hit me in my face, so I hit him back.”
She said her daughter had continually complained to her that Carmichael was interfering with her.
Mikhail, who was in the bath when the incident occurred, told the court he intervened after hearing the commotion.
“I came out and heard the noise and I went and asked what was the problem. This is about the fourth time my niece has complained for him. I gave him a couple slaps and hit him with a bottle, but the bottle was not broken like he said it was,” he said.
However, the magistrate cautioned them about taking the law into their own hands. He said that was the job of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
“Why is there a police force?” he asked them.
“To serve and protect,” was Mikhail’s reply.
After determining that the issue could not be dealt with “in one fell swoop” the magistrate adjourned the matter until Friday, when Carmichael is to be present.