Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dad slaps and chokes 4-year-old son, assaults 14-year-old daughter during "dispute" with mother (Trinidad & Tobago)

For the millionth time, a "dispute" is when two or more persons disagree. It's an "assault" when one person (the father) is choking and generally beating up other people in the family. Are we clear on this yet? UNNAMED DAD.

Son choked: father held

Story Created: Dec 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM ECT
Story Updated: Dec 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM ECT

POLICE arrested a 48-year-old Laventille man on Tuesday night after he allegedly slapped and choked his four-year-old son during a dispute with his wife.

The little boy “tried to break up the fight” by getting in between his parents in order to have them stop, police said.

It was while doing so that the man raised the child off the floor by his T-shirt and began slapping and choking him, police said.

According to police, the child’s 14-year-old sister, who was also at home at the time, intervened when the man started assaulting the boy, but she too was assaulted after she was violently grabbed by one of her arms.

Neighbours who heard the commotion contacted the police, with Task Force officers from the St Barbs Police Post arriving at the scene shortly after.

Officers said they believed the man was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He was later handed over to officers of the Belmont Police Station where he remained in custody up to last night.

Police said the man is expected to charged with two offences under the Children’s Act.

—Rickie Ramdass