A man was on Tuesday ordered at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court by Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague to remain in custody until Thursday, April 20th, after he was accused of physically abusing a 17-year-old girl by slapping her in the face.
According to the Jamaica Observer who brought the story, the accused was identified to be a thirty-four-year-old man by the name of Owayne Campbell who eventually made a guilty plea to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he originally told the judge he was innocent of the accusations.
As a consequence of his actions, Campbell was ordered to pay a restitution fee of $150,000 to the victim with him being required to have at least $80,000 out of it by the next court day on Thursday.
Based on what the popular news medium published in their story about the matter it is understood that on March 28 the child was with her friends “walking and laughing” at the office of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) located in Port Royal when she was approached by Campbell who thought they were laughing at him and who is also her neighbour.
Jamaica Observer also mentioned that there was information from the court documents stating that to start out his assault on her the first thing that he did was to pull her hand then proceed to slap her in the face, which ended up in the girl walking off but Cambell reportedly following her and slapping her in the face a second time. At that point, it is said that the child walked off again but had her school bag dragged by the man who went ahead and slap her in the face again.
After the situation unfolded, it is said that one of the girl’s friends went ahead and asked her if the man was her father to which she replied no and later expressed to the Police how afraid she is of him.
During the court session, it is said that the Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague who presided over the case asked the man if he had done anything to her to which he answered no but she asked again and he did respond to her by letting it known that he dragged her hand but not admitting he slapped her in the face.
As for the charge of assault occasioning bodily harm that he was slapped with the man-made a not guilty plea originally but ended up admitting to it when he was pressed by the Judge who went to the extent of letting him know that he was out of order for his actions especially based on the fact that he does not have a child of his own.
As for the girl, Cole-Montague is said to have let her know how unfortunate the situation is, to the point that it even caused her to be missing out on school but as it relates to her studies, the Judge urged the victim not to let the circumstance affect it.