A 19-year-old student of the School For Children with Special Needs, Kingstown, is among the most recent youngsters to have reported incidents of violence allegedly committed against them by adults.
The student’s report resulted in Douglas Samuel of Rose Place being arrested and charged with assault, causing bodily harm to the student, by throwing rum in his face.
At the trial at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, the student testified that during the incident he was at a shop at Little Tokyo in the company of his aunt, helping a woman, who was selling rum, to lift a refrigerator. The refrigerator accidentally slipped from him and fell on the hand of the accused, who responded by throwing rum in his face, some getting into his eyes.
He said his aunt gave him water to wash the rum from his eyes, and she got his cousin to take him to the hospital.
In his defense, Samuel told the court that it was a very old refrigerator and he (Samuel) was raising it to take out a bottle of Fruit Cocktail, when the student offered to help.
Samuel said he told the boy repeatedly not to “let go the fridge,” because he was going to take out a Cocktail, but the boy did not comply, and the fridge fell on his (Samuel) hand.
The man admitted to having a drink in the other hand, and as he swung that hand in a reflex action, the rum spilled from the glass and caught the youngster in his face. He said he would never do anything to harm him, and told the court that one ‘Tuff Head’ was present.
Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett then adjourned the matter to September 29, allowing for time to locate ‘Tuff Head.’