A 65-YEAR-OLD grandmother has been ordered to pay a $250 fine after she was found guilty last Friday of slapping a 12-year-old school child on the school’s compound in 2017.
The fine was imposed on Esther Ramjohn by Magistrate Sanara Toon at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, two years after Ramjohn was arrested and charged with assaulting the girl.
Should Ramjohn fail to pay the fine, she will be made to serve two months’ imprisonment with hard labour.
The State’s case was that on the afternoon of February 7, 2017, the standard four pupil was standing on the compound of the Sacred Hearts Girls Roman Catholic School speaking with other pupils while awaiting the arrival of her parents to pick her up.
While doing so, Ramjohn, the grandmother of another pupil, walked up to her and slapped her across the face. All of this transpired in the presence of the school’s safety officer as well as a security officer, neither of whom did anything to assist the child, the State contended.
The child’s mother was eventually contacted, who in turn made a report to police. An investigation was launched and Ramjohn was arrested sometime later and charged with the offence of assault by beating.
When she first appeared in court, Ramjohn pleaded not guilty to the charge and the matter proceeded to trial. She was found guilty of the offence last Friday.
In passing sentence, Magistrate Toon said it was intolerable for anyone to assault anyone else’s child, more so, on the compound of a school.
Police Insp Rajesh Lall prosecuted the case while criminal defence attorney Patrick Godson-Phillip appeared for Ramjohn.