Father pleads guilty to confining children
A father who came before the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court late yesterday evening pleaded guilty to two counts of wrongfully confining his sons.
Bentley Webster, the father of two sons aged 19 and 22 respectively, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant late yesterday evening.
Webster, 48, lives at Happy Cot Land, Mansion Road, Bank Hall, St Michael.
Sergeant Janice Ifill told the court that the older son Bentley escaped from home and made his way to a police station, where he reported that his father kept both he and his sibling tied up at home. There were shackles on his feet at the time.
When police got to the residence, the father was not there but they saw the younger brother Barry in a locked bedroom, which had wire mesh at the window. Lawmen also found a bucket which the son used as a toilet.
The father turned up shortly after, while police were still at his house. He told the court today that both his sons have mental issues and he only took certain actions in an effort to keep them safe, since they have been known to walk away from home. Webster added that they “give a lot of trouble”.
He explained that he was just doing what he thought was right in relation to his sons, particularly when he has to go to work. The young men are now under the care of the Psychiatric Hospital.
Their mother reportedly suffers from a mental illness as well.
The father meanwhile was granted $3,000 bail and sent to the Probation Department to speak with personnel there. A presentencing report will be read to the court when Webster returns on April 26.