Teen admits to throwing stones at his father

A teenager, who failed to “honour his father” when he threw stones at him and damaged his car, is now out on bail.

Eighteen-year-old Rhys Antonio Ricardo Trotman of The Pine, St Michael admitted before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court to damaging the windshield and the roof of his father Andrew Trotman’s car on September 25.

According to prosecutor, Station Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls, Rhys was at home cooking on the day in question when his dad disconnected the gas line, and ushered the teen outside, while complaining that he was not contributing to the household.

However, once free, the teenager armed himself with a number of stones, which he threw at the father forcing him to seek cover at a neighbour’s house.

And despite pleas for several people, the prosecutor, said the teen continued throwing the stones, which shattered the car’s rear windshield and dented on the vehicle’s roof.

The teen, who is not known to the criminal justice system, then left the house and went to live with his sister.

Despite pleading guilty to the charge, the teenager told the magistrate he had only retaliated because his father had chopped him with a sword on his hand and on his stomach before he left the house.

Asked whether he knew what the Fifth Commandment said, Trotman replied “Honour your father and your mother”.

However, the magistrate warned him that “when you dishonor them, you don’t live long on the land, that’s God’s promise.

“It is no wonder you see so many young people killing or getting killed,” Watts stated.

However, the magistrate said he would also have words with the teen’s father if he was in court as “parents must not exasperate their children . . . . or abuse them”.

When asked if he had anything to say the teen gave an unapologetic “no Sir”.

“It’s something that has been happening for a long time,” the teen revealed, adding that “he [the father] does cook food for himself and I don’t get nothing, so why do I have to [contribute]?”

The magistrate explained to the teenager that it was because he was now working and was still living at his dad’s house.

“So you have to expect to contribute,” Watts maintained, while telling the teenager that for his “foolish behaviour” he now had to repay his father for the damage done to the vehicle.

“You can’t interfere, harass or threaten your father,” the magistrate warned as he granted the teen $1,000 bail.

However, the surety put another twist on the situation.

“[The] father is an alcoholic who is abusive to both female and male children,” the surety claimed.

The case was adjourned until October 13 when the court is expected to get an evaluation of the damage caused to the vehicle.

27 Responses to Teen admits to throwing stones at his father

  1. Iasha Boyce
    Iasha Boyce September 27, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Hallam Gittens

  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward September 27, 2017 at 10:46 pm


  3. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams September 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    However you look at it this is a sad situation! I sympathize with this young man. Children did not ask to come into this world, they must honour their parents and parents must not abuse them.

  4. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan September 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Honour thy father and thy mother, yes without a doubt, but, if we have a young adult who is employed, living at home and still not aware of his responsibilities to contribute to the daily running of the household, then the parents have failed too; …. train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it..We cannot afford to raise a generation of persons who feel that parents owe them something so this should be a lesson to the young man, but also to anyone who intends to be a parent

    • Iasha Boyce
      Iasha Boyce September 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      Really if pple ain’t kno the whole story they should not play this guessing game but u are quite correct

  5. Bev Clarke
    Bev Clarke September 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Why do these Bajan children keep dishonouring their parents? Has it anything to do with their upbringing?

    • Marva King
      Marva King September 28, 2017 at 3:25 am

      The dads an alcoholic who abuses them is he allowed to do that no

    • Iasha Boyce
      Iasha Boyce September 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

      If only the info stated was true. Smh

  6. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Yo’ you 18 yo…you need to move out. You are 18 and have a job or need to get one. if your dad chooses to be a drunk it’s his house and his life. go and live somewhere else and the next time you throw stones at him you might get one pelt back at you or worse…leave now. steupsssssse.

  7. Terri Nicholls
    Terri Nicholls September 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Honour your father yes… but bring your child to wrath no….

  8. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley September 28, 2017 at 3:10 am

    same old fashioned behaviour …wonder what dear father did fuh provoke his son…….Domestic affairs ……..

  9. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte September 28, 2017 at 3:56 am

    The bible says honor your father and mother in the law… It’s the 5th commandment with promise. If your parent is not doing right, how can you honor him… This is not to excuse what the kids did, but taking a cutlass to your child … how about that?

  10. O
    O'Duffy Jeez September 28, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Hi Bev, I remember well how you used to talk about morals and honour. Different generations

  11. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds September 28, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Papi you out of order….job opportunities are slim for the young people. He cooking a lil meal. Put him out for the wufless to grab him and help them commit crime.

  12. Kim Went
    Kim Went September 28, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Every single day there are ads in the paper for gas station workers and general workers but these young ones don’t want to work the money too small… Honour mother and father????? Dad is a drunk and alcoholic but can still work to run a home and buy food right… where is his mother…… wanna just raising a bunch of vipers before long the sister will get some of his medicine too. He needs help now …. endangered a whole neighborhood doing crap.

  13. Hawn Gsion
    Hawn Gsion September 28, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Lets see chop with sword on hand on bellly…nain aint wrong wid that ……rock afi talk doah

  14. Miche September 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The magistrate Quoted the bible to the accused child, but it also councils the Parents :-And parents,provoke not your children to Anger,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Juvenile delinquency is as a direct result of Adult delinquency.

  15. Miche September 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

    The magistrate Quoted the bible to the accused child, but it also councils the Parents :-And parents,provoke not your children to Anger,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Juvenile delinquency is as a direct result of Adult delinquency.Children live what they learn

  16. kathy-Ann Clarke September 28, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Hmmm, this is something else tho.
    First off, the youngster should contribute to the home, no matter how small. As long as you still live under your father’s roof, you should always show respect to him ( I know it’s not easy all the time), but try to buy some stuff for the home, pay a little bill, and if things do not change, look for your own place.
    Then when you get your own space, you will be forced to learn about responsibility. So, it’s all up to you.
    And dad, talk to your children, let them know where you stand and what responsibilities they have as long as they wish to be under the same roof as you, and show them respect also.

  17. Smiles September 28, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Well you had one last week attacking the mother and then he still had to turn to the mother. at 18 years, as a parent I would have been glad if he had turn to the polytechnic or skills training. I would know he trying to do good, but if he get up every morning and leave home and play that he can come home and light stove and then want to fight. He can cast he vote next year, he aint no minor child that a parent responsible for. you not a juvenile, pack ya bags and go. Dad let him take all the clothes you bought him when he was a juvenile, but let him go before murder comes knocking at your door. so many of them walk with this little plastic bottle with a handle and selling single cigarette, Fanta, wrapper etc. I aint know them small sales could help. Boy, all not lost, head to skills training.

  18. kk September 29, 2017 at 11:38 am

    i hear so many times the young people this and the young people that, don’t know who these people are, but from reading, fair is fair, d child live at you(yes) he does work(yes)he’s still a child(yes) cause 18 nowadays don’t mean “grown” but OMG that’s your child, the one you held when he was born(hopefully) feed and send school (hopefully) look after when he get sick(hopefully) defend when anybody mess round (hopefully)you mean to tell me he didn’t even have a heart to let the boy get something to put in he stomach. he would have had to always been a filthy drunk.


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