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.

Bentley Webster
Bentley Webster

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.

26 Responses to Father pleads guilty to confining children

  1. Gina Harewood
    Gina Harewood March 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

    My heart goes out to his kids as for him hes just a twat

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  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 18, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Your intentions might have been good, Mr. Webster, but your methodology left a lot to be desired. You must understand that what people will see is bondage, not protection, abuse, not protection and mental suffering, not protection. People would say that as much as you spoke about your children and the mother’s mental problems, others will seriously be wondering about yours as well. Sorry to say it, Mr. Webster, but this is wrong on all accounts.

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  3. Verona Brome
    Verona Brome March 18, 2016 at 8:38 am

    It’s easy to sit and be the judge and jury of this situation, but unless the shoes are on your feet you will never know how difficult it is to walk in his shoes.

    In life you have choices and within his mind he chose to do what was he thought was best for his sons and himself

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    • Verona Brome
      Verona Brome March 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Sabrina Brathwaite , correct. My heart bleed to read the reaction of some people.

      We all have our demons to deal with and some are worse than others

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    • Ryan Williams
      Ryan Williams March 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

      How many options does a man have? Has he exhausted all options? Are you all saying no one should be upset that he chained up his son?

      Can I use the same logic and say you all should not judge me if I dumped my garbage in a gully? Because the garbage had me under considerable amount of stress? Are our actions forgivable once we tell others not to judge?

      I am judging him…..He was wrong……chaining up children? Why didn’t he ask for help?

      You see how the RSPcA act when dogs are chained up daily?

      These are humans……I would give him 5 years…..If he can’t control the child, we have places that cater to them…….expect bajans like you all to come and try to absolve an asshole of a father of any wrong doing.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Sabrina Brathwaite, it doesn’t necessarily have to be mental illness because that can be addressed with medication therapy. But there are behavioural paradigms that are associated with people with intellectual disability- which medication nor behavioural intervention doesn’t produce a therapeutic result. I have yet to see medication therapy properly address Autistic Spectrum Disorder the way in which it has addressed Oppositional Defiance Disorder in some children.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Sabrina Brathwaite, it doesn’t necessarily have to be mental illness because that can be addressed with medication therapy. But there are behavioural paradigms that are associated with people with intellectual disability- which medication nor behavioural intervention can produce a therapeutic result. I have yet to see medication therapy properly address Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the way in which it has done for Oppositional Defiance Disorder in some children.

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  4. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow March 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Dealing with normal kids iz hard far less kids with a mental illness…I mite not agree with ur method..but i won’t judge u…u’ll do wot ever 2 keep ur kids safe..

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  5. Sophia Als
    Sophia Als March 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Smdh he chain his children like animals. Dealing with special need children does be hard yes but REMEMBER THERE ARE HUMAN BEING TOO. Even dogs are allow to run wild

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow March 18, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Sophia Als so what is your answer

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    • Sophia Als
      Sophia Als March 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Ok so if something had to happen to them, say the house caught on fire,those boys would be helpless. He chain his kids and left them helpless, it not right at the hospital either but someone is there looking after the elderly.

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow March 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Kay Critchlow and if they were loose and hurt one of your children or burned your house down would you feel same or be saying father should have not let them run wild

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    • Sophia Als
      Sophia Als March 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      He could have dealt with it differently

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    • Sparkles Wentt
      Sparkles Wentt March 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Sophia Als you right…..

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow March 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      How that’s what I’m asking, not being sarcastic genuine question

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  6. Louise King
    Louise King March 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

    How U feel now for going to court for what U did to ur boys–What u did to ur boys is disgraceful to de human mind –U turn ur family to a concentration camp with chains and bolts— U over grown Idiot—

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  7. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow March 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Reading all these comments on how the father should not have protected his children in this way and maybe protected some of you all from them . I’d like to know what you all think he should have done ? It’s so easy to pass judgement the father obviously loves them boys or he’d have thrown them away. So easy to sit in judgement, seems he’s been trying to juggle eggs poor guy. Were these boys beaten ? Starving ? Filthy ? That will be another matter. It looks to me like he’s been trying to save them from an institution while trying to protect each and everyone of you. It’s just very sad and I hope this man now gets help with the sons he obviously loves.

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  8. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I think I have somewhere said that if you have or have worked with a special needs child, then you ought to reserve or suspend your judgment. A parent with a special needs child that is diagnosed with Autism for example, would be challenged in a place like Barbados where there probably aren’t the right sort of services to assist the parent with such a child.

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  9. lennox hewitt March 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    The father want lovking up or ill put him to work with kids that differenty able

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