A man, who gave his name to the Police and Court as “Gaza Kim” was on Wednesday taken before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with assaulting a 7-year-old boy.
The Court heard that the 26-year-old accused, whose particulars were not given, dealt the child a slap to the head on January 13. The defendant accepted the charge, telling the Magistrate that he was simply “joking around”.
It is alleged that on the day of the incident the child hit the accused in his head with a Styrofoam food box and in retaliation the accused dealt him a slap. The child reportedly told his father of the incident and his father lodged a complaint with the Police.
The defendant told the Magistrate that he and the child play together and that they usually make those sorts of “physical jokes”. He said when he hit the child, the seven-year old neither cried nor received injuries and it was all a form of joking around. The Magistrate reprimanded him telling him that at his age, he should not be “playing” those sorts of jokes with a child. Magistrate Moore thereby ordered the accused to pay the child $15,000 in compensation.