MATCHSTICK SPARKS DISPUTE THAT LANDS RELATIVES IN COURT
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.
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.