KINGSTON, Jamaica — A primary school teacher who damaged a student’s eye was last week freed in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
Patricia Perry was set free after the court ruled that there was no evidence that she deliberately hit the child in the eye.
Perry was freed by Magistrate Grace Henry-McKenzie, who, with her decision, upheld a no-case submission by attorney Christopher Townsend.
Carlene Clarke, the mother of complainant Tajoery Small, told OBSERVER ONLINE that she’s disappointed with the ruling. She plans to file action in the Supreme Court to recover damages arising out of the incident.
In September 2012, the then 12-year-old Small, testified that on December 1, 2009, he was struck in the eye with the metal tip of a belt that Perry was using to beat another student who was complaining over food.
Small, a student at New Providence Primary School, in St Andrew, at the time of the incident, testified that he was sitting at the front of the class when he was struck in the eye.
Perry told the students to take him to the pipe to wash off his face, the youth testified then. He said a teacher took him to a doctor’s office, then to the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he underwent surgery. He said he also did two surgeries overseas and that he doesn’t see as well with the left eye.
Perry was being tried on a charge of physically abusing a child under the Child Care and Protection Act.