Teen sorry for hurting granddad
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.
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.