Family fire


A little boy pushing a matchstick into the ignition of his brother’s motorcycle sparked a family fight that ended up in the court today.

By the time the matter was ventilated in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, those involved in the scene were reprimanded and discharged.

Peter Savoury, 43, his 22-year-old son Devere Savoury and the older man’s 33-year-old girlfriend, Tonia Barker, were all accused of causing a disturbance in a public place. The elder Savoury was also charged with damaging his son’s motorcycle.

Peter Savoury
Peter Savoury

While Devere pleaded not guilty to the charge, the other two pleaded guilty. And after consultation among themselves and their attorney Andrew Willoughby, the son withdrew the charge of criminal damage against his father.

The court heard that the younger Savoury’s nine-year-old brother damaged his motorcycle by pushing a matchstick into the ignition, while the bike was parked.

The adults subsequently ended up in a heated argument which escalated, and the father and girlfriend took up stones which they threw, even after police arrived on the scene.

Defence attorney Andrew Willoughby told the court that Savoury and Barker were apologetic for their actions and the family was willing to go forward in peace.

After chiding the father and his girlfriend, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant reprimanded and discharged them both.

4 Responses to Family fire

  1. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams November 22, 2016 at 7:18 am

    stupse. U mean to tell me they could not settle that amicably. After all they are all family. Speak to the child and let him know it’s wrong and dangerous and move on. Wunna really went court for that

  2. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite November 22, 2016 at 7:48 am
  3. kathy-Ann Clarke November 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Lol, oh man, I agree, this could’ve been settled at home, but, some people heads does get too hot.

  4. david November 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    This is why the courts are all clogged up – too many issues that should be settled amicably. We need to teach conflict resolution skills at schools


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