A man who punched his 12-year-old daughter in the face and threatened to kill her has been given a conditional discharge.
The 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to threats of death and cruelty to children at his arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday.
It all began when the 35-year-old man came home drunk around 8 p.m. on September 5 and asked his daughter if she wanted something to eat, Prosecutor Sergeant Kenny Thompson told the court.
But the girl said she wasn’t hungry. Her father got upset and said the food “wasn’t going to waste”.
The girl called her aunt. While on the phone, her father punched her in the face and said he was going to kill her.
The maintenance worker told the court that he didn’t intend to hurt his daughter. He said, “The incident just blew out of proportion. I wasn’t trying to kill my daughter. I’ve been taking care of her for the past 12 years.”
The father claimed that the child lived with him because her mother couldn’t handle her “sassiness”.
The man has one year to successfully conclude anger management, parenting and alcohol abuse programs.
If he doesn’t complete the programs, he will spend three months in prison.