Mother of boy allegedly assaulted by peers returns to court Feb 2

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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CLARK'S TOWN, Trelawny — Bail was yesterday extended for the mother who was jailed after attempting to make a report at a police station that her son, who is seven years old, was pierced with a stick in his rectum by four of his peers at school, when she appeared in the Clark's Town Parish Court.

The 29-year-old mother of a Clark's Town, Trelawny address, is facing a charge of disorderly conduct.

The court heard that about 1:50 pm on November 3, a district constable at the Clark's Town Police Station received a call from a female who identified herself as the accused. The caller was allegedly behaving boisterously.

She arrived at the station shortly afterwards, where she allegedly continued her boisterous behaviour and was reportedly warned for prosecution.

However, she sustained her behaviour, according to the prosecutor, and accused the police at Clark's Town of being “thieves and scammers”.

It is also alleged that she left and returned to the police station, and asked for a woman cop who is assigned there. She was subsequently charged for her alleged unruly behaviour.

The prosecutor asked Parish Judge Paula Archer Hall to transfer the matter to the Petty Sessions Court, but defence attorney Henry McCurdy objected.

The judge then set a February 2, 2018 hearing date for the matter.

The nation was angered by reports that the seven-year-old boy was held down his schoolmates, who allegedly assaulted him at the Clark's Town Primary School.

News also emerged that when the boy's mother attempted to report the matter at the police station in the community, she was, on three separate occasions, ignored and thrown behind bars.

Yesterday, the mother received support from a group of women, led by Kari Douglas, People's National Party councillor for the Trafalgar Division in St Andrew South Eastern.

“I am here because I was extremely disturbed when the incident was first brought to my attention and to the attention of the public, and because I strongly believe that this one incident is a representation of an issue that is pervasive and has become culturally entrenched in our society,” Douglas, who described herself as a humanitarian, said.

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