Saturday 15 August, 2020

Mediation suggested for case of nephew clobbering uncle with ‘2 x 4’

A man who was charged for clouting his uncle in the face with a piece of board was sent along with his victim to seek mediation at the Restorative Justice Centre when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday.

The accused man, Andrew Wallace, was arrested last month after his uncle reported to the police that he was hit in the face with a piece of two by four-inch board during a dispute with his nephew.

Parish Judge, Vaughn Smith, recommended mediation in the matter after hearing the allegations.

But the complainant in the matter was not amused by the judge’s recommendation, and initially refused to accept the suggestion.

"I don't know, you know, your honour, because the morning after the incident him attacked me again," the complainant stated in his response.

But the complainant was convinced after the judge told him that it is better to resolve domestic disputes through mediation, and if that process fails, then the matter could be brought back to court for justice to be dispensed in relation to his pain and suffering.

Wallace, on the other hand, readily accepted the judge's recommendation from the get-go.

He had his bail extended and both parties were told to return to court on June 24.

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