Elderly man spits on child, hauled before court

March 15, 2016

An elderly man was ordered to do 40 hours of community service on Monday after he admitted to spitting on a child for being disrespectful to him.

Seventy-two-year-old Leonard Tucker, an electrician from Central Kingston pleaded guilty to the charge of common assault.

The court heard that on February 29, Tucker spat in a nine-year-old girl’s face. When given a chance to explain his actions, Tucker began, “There was a black out [electricity outage] and the little girl call me and borrow me phone to use the light on it, but I told her I can’t give her my phone but I can lend her a flashlight.”

Tucker said he enquired about his flashlight the following day, but the child told him she left it at her father’s house. He claimed he continued asking the child for the flashlight for three days, and got the same response.

Tucker told the court he became angry on the fourth day he asked for his flashlight. “This time when me ask her for it [flashlight] she say if me ask about it again she ago spit Inna me face, so I get vex and I spit on her clothes!” he said.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Judith Pusey admonished the man for what she deemed a nasty act. “You are a big man and you need to stop those things,” she said, before sentencing him to 40 hours of community service at Missionaries of the Poor.

“They have some old men down there. I want you to shave them, cut their toe nails, and take care of them,” she said.

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