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January 20, 2014
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6-y-o boxed, kicked - Cops charge dad

A man accused of boxing, kicking and using a broom-stick to beat his six-year-old son, was granted $30,000 bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The father, charged with cruelty to a child, did not enter a plea.

The court heard that on the day in question, the juvenile could not be located for a while after leaving school and on his return home he was disciplined by his father .

A witness told Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that Johnson ran after the child when he returned home, and kicked him, then started to use a broomstick to beat him.

Johnson however denied the allegations saying he did not use the broomstick on the child.

The child was subsequently called into the courtroom and asked by RM Pusey why he left school and what did his father do to him.

The seemingly shaken child said, "I left school because somebody beat me up daddy box me and kick me."

While leaving the courtroom, the child now cowering in fear, walked wide of his father.

Johnson explained: "Your Honour I love my son. I told him not to go nowhere especially with strangers. I was so frightened when dem say dem couldn't find him but I didn't hit him wid a broom. Your Honour him nuh hear when mi talk to him".

Johnson said because of the allegations he was badly beaten by the police while in custody. "Di police dem beat mi up for it Your Honour, mi knees dem cant even bend!" he said.

RM Pusey told him, "You are doing the right thing but you have gone about it the wrong way. I have no doubt you love him".

Johnson was referred to a probation officer. He returns to court on March 10.

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