Father admits to assaulting daughter
A father was ordered to pay $500 in compensation to his daughter after he admitted to assaulting her on June 29.
Roger Roland Ellis, 51, pleaded guilty when he first went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on Saturday. He was granted $5 000 bail and told to return to court today.
The facts were that on the day in question, Ellis called his daughter, Brittany, at a restaurant where they both worked and told her that if a particular woman could not work there anymore, neither could she.
She pressed out her cellular phone and when Ellis arrived there later, they exchanged words. Ellis then hit his daughter in her chest, held her shirt and pushed her out of the restaurant’s kitchen.
When the 19-year-old daughter appeared in court today, it was for acting Magistrate Elwood Watts to consider compensation. When questioned, the girl said she had spent $100 at the doctor and a further $30 on taxi fare.
Asked if she was willing to accept compensation from her father, the girl said “yes” since he had assaulted her for “no reason at all”. She went on to explain that the woman whom her father sought to fire her over, was his girlfriend who insisted she was not working with her.
Brittany said that she and her father never exchanged words that day; he just came and assaulted her. Asked by the Magistrate when last she and her father had spoken, the girl replied “not since” the incident.
“Do you plan to speak to him again?” asked Watts.
“No, Sir,” she answered.
“You mean you are going to go to your grave not speaking to him?”
At that point, Ellis interjected and said he didn’t plan to speak to her either.
“Not even if he (Ellis) speaks to you first?” Watts continued to the complainant.
“No, Sir. I don’t think he will speak to me unless his girlfriend tells him he can speak,” she explained.
“Well, I think it is folly. You not speaking to him and he not speaking to you. You didn’t bring yourself into this world . . . and at some point he would have been willing to kiss your naked behind and say, ‘coochy, coochy’.”
Watts then urged the father to keep his record clean and ordered $500 in compensation, payable in 28 days. If Ellis fails to pay, he will spend a similar time in jail.
Ellis was reprimanded and discharged.