A 35-year-old man was arrested and hauled before the court after attempting to discipline his 13-year-old son, who he said “draped” him and told him “bad words”.
The dad was charged with unlawful wounding due to an injury his son sustained to the face while during the incident. The father said he was using his hand to hit the out-of-control youth when he was injured.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, February 5.
The man explained to Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks the circumstances that led him to strike his son who was visiting with him at the time.
“He used expletives towards me and started to drape me so I had to scold him for it,” he said, while adding that he did not intentionally injure the boy.
He explained that his son was “moving up and down” when his hand accidentally caught him in the face.
The teen’s mother told the court that this is the first time she’s known of the accused hitting their son.
The court referred them to counselling and the father was given an April 22 date for sentencing.