Parents sent to counselling
Feuding parents were encouraged by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey to change their approach to co-parenting when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Kevaughn Clarke pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
Clarke is accused of assaulting the complainant, his child's mother.
Although denying that he had assaulted the complainant, he told the court that the incident occurred because of the refusal of the complainant to allow him inside her home to see the child they share.
"After closing the door on me, she then gathered the things I have purchased and put them at the door, and that's when I went inside the house," he explained.
He admitted that a physical altercation happened between them with the complainant's mother also becoming a part of the fight.
Pusey cautioned the accused against using force to compel the complainant to bend to his will.
"You need to change your approach, the Bible says a soft answer turneth away wrath, so you don't need to use violence," said Pusey.
She also encouraged the complainant not to withhold the child from the accused, even though there has been a deterioration of their relationship.
RM Pusey referred the parties to counselling. Clarke will return to court on April 12.