Father charged with beating 14-year-old child

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:45

A father of three girls has been convicted on a charge of cruelty against one of his daughters and fined $3,000 or in default, face three months hard labour, a police statement said.

De Leon Celestine, 41, of East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Port of Spain 5th Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer to the charge.

He has 28 days in which to pay the fine.

Celestine was found guilty of beating his 14-year-old daughter on Thursday 2nd June, 2016, causing suffering and injury to her health.

The child disclosed the beating to a school social worker the next day, who referred the matter to the Child Protection Unit.

Celestine was charged by WPC Ann-Marie Rudder of the Child Protection Unit, Port of Spain Division, on Saturday 4th June, 2016.