Teen sorry for hurt­ing grand­dad

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

A 16-YEAR-OLD kept his record clean, af­ter a heart­felt apol­ogy to his grand­fa­ther in the

Dis­trict “A” Crim­i­nal Court.

Absalom Abejah Fran­cis Hunte, of 2nd Av­enue,

Gills Gap, Ea­gle Hall, St Michael, pleaded guilty to as­su­alt­ing Jef­frey Ol­ton, the el­derly man who raised him, and whom he called grand­dad.

Ol­ton, of the same ad­dress, said he wanted the young man to recog­nise the er­ror of his ways and get his life on track, but that he felt no ill will to­wards him.

“. . . But I don’t want him to end up in the jail­house. He just got a lit­tle job and I want him to keep it.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Sta­tion Sergeant Car­son Henry said that on De­cem­ber 6, Hunte and friends were at the res­i­dence smok­ing, and then left.

On their re­turn, Hunte re­alised a joint of mar­i­juana he had been smok­ing had been re­moved, an al­ter­ca­tion en­sued, which saw Ol­ton be­ing slapped in the face. Hunte was in­ter­rupted by friends but con­tin­ued beat­ing Ol­ton be­fore be­ing pulled away. A re­port was made to the po­lice.

Af­ter plead­ing guilty and hav­ing a brief con­ver­sa­tion with his at­tor­ney Harry Hus­bands, Hunte said he had some­thing to say to the man who raised him.

“I am sorry for dis­re­spect­ing your house,” he said.

“Apol­ogy ac­cepted,”

Ol­ton quickly replied.

Mag­is­trate Dou­glas Fred­er­ick rep­ri­manded and dis­charged Hunte, not reg­is­ter­ing a con­vic­tion, and told him to con­cen­trate on his new job and to stay out of trou­ble.

Ol­ton, af­ter a ques­tion by Fred­er­ick, also agreed that Hunte could re­turn to live at the res­i­dence, but the mag­is­trate ad­vised the young­ster to work to­wards find­ing a place of his own.

(BA)

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