Community service for teen who slapped schoolboy

A teenager who appeared in a Bridgetown court Thursday for slapping a schoolboy in the face now has to complete 120 hours of community service successfully if he wants to maintain a clean criminal record.

Jevon Obrien Jaffery Richardson, 17, of Freehill, St Michael pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting Anderson Kellman Jr on June 7.

Sergeant Martin Rock told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that Kellman, a 14-year-old student, was walking towards a bus stop in the Walmer Lodge, Black Rock, St Michael area sometime after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when he saw Richardson walking with another person.

Kellman looked in their direction and Richardson asked the schoolboy why he did so. In response, the teen reportedly told Richardson “good afternoon”, but as he continued on his way he was slapped on the left side of his face. He did not retaliate but went home and reported the matter to his father who then informed police.

Lawmen responded and went to the Walmer Lodge area where Richardson was spotted and interviewed. He admitted to committing the act and was arrested.

Asked by the magistrate Thursday whether he had anything to say for his behaviour, Richardson said he had “nothing” to say.

However, when questioned by the magistrate, Richardson revealed that he had been kicked out of school for “just giving trouble [but] nothing like this, just like skipping classes” and did not know what he wanted to do with his life.

“This is foolishness,” the magistrate said, adding that something “had to be wrong” with Richardson as this was “not normal behaviour.”

He asked the teenager whether he smoked “dope”, but Richardson said he did not.

After speaking with the teenager and his mother, the magistrate ordered the community service.

If Richardson “does it well” then no conviction will be recorded against him.

He was also placed on $750 bail, which he secured with one surety and will return to court on July 28 for a progress report.

9 Responses to Community service for teen who slapped schoolboy

  1. Ras June 9, 2017 at 2:49 am

    A slap on the wrist glad it not my yute he slap.

  2. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 9, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I am very impressed with young kellman that’s what you expect from a well brought up child from a parent like Mr kellman . This our answer to the behavior from our school children.Mr kellman’s services should be sought by the MOË.

  3. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 9, 2017 at 7:42 am

    He did want a slap of prison! Now if d fada had found him and not d police, we would have had a lot to say… Wa d azz he slap d boy for, to get stripes?

  4. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin June 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

    His hand want cut n off….

  5. Des June 9, 2017 at 8:46 am

    He want a slap for 3 months up in Dodds. Tell him continue on this path his parents will be paying an undertaker very shortly.
    Guidance is needed

  6. Menace II BAbylon June 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Well mannered young child. This is expected and it is not a rarity. To Kellman I tip my hat to you and to his father who handled the situation appropriately.

    His community service should be public, demeaning and a deterent. So he slaps your son and you will go kill him or assault him Ras-cal?

    Consequential thinking is not always expected by our young sons and daughters but for a grown man to go take the law in his own hands and assault another teenager in public, police note pad full of witnesses and with emotions running high the possibility exists of him being seriously hurt. ABH, GBH or ATM? SMH! Been following your replies and almost every reply that comes from your corner carries a ficticious persona of being a bad man or being nonchalant. Yawn! A so the word Ras is now associated?

    We as fathers need to rationalise and not contribute to father absence as this in effect carries its own psychological, emotional, economical etc on the youth.

    He’s just a little bully and hopefully the experience of being arrested, threat of a probable conviction followed by the judiciary process is deterrent enough.


  7. ch June 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

    He is a bully- plain and simple. Weak and un-formed. And bullies know who to target until they meet the right one.
    Stop covering these bullies with lame excuses and rationalizing their anti-social behavior.
    A lot of people don’t have fathers, mothers, others or opportunities in life and they don’t commit crime. It is a choice.
    He should have been made to apologize publicly to that little boy. He was the victim and he deserved that sense of justice.

  8. Reneigh June 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    That’s right, he violated the 5th amendment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. No Torture-No one has the right to hurt or torture another person.

  9. Maria June 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    He was just lucky that child’s father is a pastor and also a councilor these bullies out there on the street thank God that child was taught the right way and he did not retaliate hats off to you anderson I know your mum and dad were proud of you


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