Thompson apologizes to the mother of his children

An electrician who hit the mother of his five children with a fan was today asked to leave the family home until things “cooled down”.

Paul Frederick Thompson, of 107 Allamanda Avenue, Eden Lodge, St Michael, wasted little time in apologizing to Shonelle Griffith after he admitted assaulting her last Saturday, occasioning her actual bodily harm.

The 36-year-old’s crime against Griffith came during a dispute about their 15-year-old son who had refused to take his medication.

Thompson had beaten the teenager and Griffith wanted to find out why “since [Thompson] was aware that the child didn’t like to take tablets.”

An argument about the issue began at the child’s grandmother’s home and continued all the way to their home. While inside the house, Thompson poked Griffith in the face, then took up a fan and struck her in the stomach. He was arrested later that day.

“I am sorry. I didn’t intentionally mean to hit her with the fan. I lost it when we were arguing and in my frustration I hit the fan in the ground and it hit her,” Thompson told the court.

“I didn’t intentionally try to do it but I did it, so I am sorry,” he said to Griffith who was also in the court.

She accepted the apology but told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant: “I would like him to leave and go back to his mother or something.”

Addressing Thompson directly, she continued: “You have a bad temper and you need some help. I accept the apology but we still have to separate.”

Asked whether they believed they needed counselling, both parties replied “yes”.

The magistrate enforced that order, and told Thompson he would have to “reside elsewhere until everything has cooled down for the sake of the children”, and also ordered him to stay away from Griffith in the meantime.

He was granted $2,000 bail and is expected to return to court on September 25.

32 Responses to Thompson apologizes to the mother of his children

  1. Alex Alleyne August 15, 2017 at 9:42 am

    You just cannot go beating up on women, if you need to beat on something , go get a baseball bat and try it out on your head. When you go to DODDS you will hear “we talk so that we don’t fight”.

  2. Jennifer August 15, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Now this is why we remain in trouble as a people. You can clearly see why the scriptures say that the woman should obey her husband and should not exalt authority over him. And the court/judiciary indulging the whole matter too. Imagine a man cannot govern or control his house hold and a disobedient woman who does not respect the authority of her husband. Now she is on her own with 5 children to raise in these tough times. Children already taking the pi$$. She will probably bring in a man if they do not get back together and only god know where this whole thing will end up. And of course he should not hit her. I hope counseling sorts this out. We have enough of our women on their own raising children.

    • islandgal August 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Jennifer you need to crawl back under the rock you just emerged from!

  3. Sue Donym August 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Too bad that @Jennifer can’t see that a man who cannot control himself is not fit to run a household. By the way, can you identify the people(s) whose societies are trouble-free because their women obey their husbands and submit to their authority?

    Thankful for legal authorities who recognise that beating family members is no substitute for problem-solving. It is hoped that an appropriate financial support order is in place because the mother should not in any way have to be on her own – the children must not be further disadvantaged because she refused to take the lashes and shut up. And we have too many women on their own because we have too few men accepting their responsibility.

  4. Alex Alleyne August 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I hope I don’t see you back in the news in court for “child support” cos you find out she fire you and move on with another man.
    You must look at it as , “if you did not hit her, she will be still your sweet love”.

  5. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    He beat his teenager, the his partner, which one will he kill first, when he is in a temper next time ?

    • Petee Cumberbatch
      Petee Cumberbatch August 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      after all parents do beat their children…whats so astonishing…not like he abused the child and this article does not elude to anything so …

      • Sue Donym August 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        @Petee Cumberbatch, since the article does not allude to that, why are you making assumptions about whether it took place? Either way, this case is about his mistreatment of his female partner who is not his child.

      • islandgal August 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        He had beaten his son for not taking his medication as if licks will make him take it. All the mother did was to ask why he had to beat the boy. All this beating to make people do something stems from slavery. We have to stop this foolishness about beating someone if you don’t agree with them! You cannot beat someone to love you nor can you beat someone to believe you.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete August 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Petee Cumberbatch he assaulted his partner with a fan that not enough???

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete August 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Petee Cumberbatch a fifteen year old boy beat him up? That is ok with you??? It’s abuse

    • Joysce Noel
      Joysce Noel August 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      But nobody n say anything about abuse he get licks fa not taking the medication something wrong wid that he’s a big boy don’t like taking tablets wha stupes do I hope he don’t like taking d illegal stuff either just thinking out n who is beat d worst d police or d parents hum just asking I surrendering early

    • Chelle Berry
      Chelle Berry August 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Why should a parent beat a teenager for not taking tablets? That’s unnecessary in my opinion.

  6. Mack Brathwaite
    Mack Brathwaite August 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    The man has ;”A short fuse “.And he’s dangerous with kids !

  7. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi August 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    If he hurt her once, he will do it again…throw him to the curb…

  8. Empress-kei Kei
    Empress-kei Kei August 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I am an adult and I hate taking medication. You will beat him for that?

  9. Deion Johnson
    Deion Johnson August 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    If he hits her once he will do it Again

  10. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma August 15, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Why is he beating the child for not taking medication? Is the child not in a delicate situation already? Why the violence on a child. Seek medical help as to why the child find it difficult to take the medication and help him understand why it is important for him to do so. Even so, the child is old enough to determine for himself if he want to take the medication or not… Unless it is to do with mental issues where the child is harmful to itself or others.

  11. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley August 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Some men are just boys in men’s body. The frustration I’m trying to deal with life situations is all evident when they lash out. Big man do calm tings.

  12. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete August 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Sorry apologizing is not enough he needs anger management counselling and charges!!!

  13. Adrian Maynard
    Adrian Maynard August 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    An ELECTRICIAN beats his child for not taking medication and throw a fan at his gf……..this is SHOCKING!!!!⚡⚡⚡

  14. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell August 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Seems like the father needs the medication name sedatives

  15. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis August 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Great guy 5 children . Can get them but not love them

  16. Andrew Charles
    Andrew Charles August 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Why do “WE” always get physical with others when another does/doesn’t do as we want?
    This is a MAJOR problem that is carried into adulthood and used even in schools and work places.

  17. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer August 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    The man just has a bad temper. I agree, they should both get counselling. I think he cares for & loves his children & they need their father as well. Work on the temper young man & hopefully soon from now they will be back together.

  18. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen August 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    If he was a dark man he ass would do get time.


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