Teen could face High Court after burning old man with hot water

Covering the Courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Sunday, March 18, 2018



A teenager, who poured hot water an elderly man after they got into a dispute when the elder said he missed money from his home, was further remanded after pleading guilty.

Chantal Richards, 18, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm on Thursday before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith.

However, she was remanded after the judge told her that the parish court did not have jurisdiction to sentence her and instructed the prosecutor to assess the complainant's medical report to see whether or not she could be charged with a lesser offence.

The disagreement between Richards and the 70-year-old complainant occurred after the senior citizen discovered that his money was missing during a visit by the young woman and asked her if she had taken it.

The complainant and Richards were at his house on Sunrise Crescent in St Andrew on January 31 around 6:30 am when he made checks inside his bedroom for some money he had there, but did not find the funds.

The complainant confronted Richards about the money and asked to search her bag, but she refused and an argument started between the two.

During the argument, allegations are that Richards took a knife from off a table inside the complainant's bedroom and pulled it at him.

The complainant grabbed the knife from Richards and a struggle began for the object.

While wrestling for the knife, the complainant fell on his bed and the accused took up a kettle containing hot water that was on a stove inside the room and poured it on the complainant, causing burns to his back and arm.

The injured complainant was taken to hospital where he was treated. The matter was later reported and Richards was arrested.

On Thursday when the complainant appeared in court he explained that prior to the incident he had been hospitalised and that Richards was at his home because he asked her to assist him.

Richards is scheduled to return to court on April 9.

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