Mediation for baby's father, mother
A man at odds with the mother of his child was ordered to attend a mediation session at the Corporate Area Probation Office when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm is 32-year-old Damion Winkle.
Allegations are that on the day of the incident, the accused man and the female complainant, who is his babymother, had an argument. It is said that things rapidly became physical when the accused man hit the complainant causing pain.
In court, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey probed the matter.
"Why did he hit you?" Pusey asked the complainant.
The complainant explained that she has been at odds with Winkle ever since the birth of their son.
The court heard that the police, who happened to be on location at the time of the alleged attack, came in to quell the matter before the situation worsened.
"Me ask her where she a come from and she tear off me clothes," Winkle explained.
Winkle also told the court that the two have had a disagreement about the paternity of the child in question, stating: "A raffle she raffle".
This comment was met with much dismay by the sitting magistrate.
"Let's say that somebody goes and finds out that you publicly stated that your son was raffled, how would he feel!?" she asked the accused man.
Subsequently, Winkle was ordered to return to court on April 29, at which point he is expected to report if the matter has been resolved after attending mediation sessions.