A St Catherine male who pleaded guilty with explanation to a charge of cruelty to a child wept uncontrollably when he tried to explain his situation to senior parish judge Grace Henry-McKenzie in the St. Catherine Parish Court recently.
“Your honour I love my daughter and want the best for her. But she following company and not listening to me. The other day she wet up her books and bag because she never want to go school,” he explained, as reluctant tears streamed down his face.
“I’m sorry sir but this is no excuse to beat your child like that,” the judge responded sternly.
Allegations are that on February 15, 2017 Garfield Campbell used a water hose to beat his daughter.
The minor who went to school the day after reported the incident to her principal and the bruises were observed.
The police were summoned and the child was taken to a place of safety and the father later arrested and charged for cruelty to a child.
The court also learnt that this was a repeated act for Campbell as he is known to use that method to discipline his child.
A bail application was then granted in the sum of $100,000 with 1-2 sureties. Campbell is to report yo the Bog Walk Police on Wednesdays between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.
A social enquiry report was ordered for his sentencing on May 22, 2017.