Man gets suspended sentence for hitting daughter
A St James man, who had previously admitted to hitting his 15-year-old daughter with a stick, was given a suspended sentence when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Thirty-five-year-old waiter Craig Madourie, had pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment, but the sentence was suspended for a year with supervision.
Although the details of the allegations were not outlined, the court was told that the defendant used a stick to hit his daughter all over her body, causing bruising and swelling as a result.
"Sir, you cannot discipline your child in that way, that she has to go to the hospital," presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie scolded Madourie.
"That cannot be the right way to discipline your child, sir ... the doctor said the injuries were serious," Tie continued after perusing the complainant's medical certificate. "That is totally unacceptable. You cannot treat another human being that way, much less your child."
Tie then informed Madourie that she would not send him to prison, but also informed him that if he got into any trouble with the law during his year of probation, he would go to jail for six months.