A man accused of calling his mother derogatory names was yesterday remanded to prison after being unable to provide the court with his address.
Euclid Gill denied the charge which stated that on July 4, at Georgetown, he used abusive language to his mother Enid Gill, thereby resulting in a breach of peace.
Meanwhile, Enid pleaded guilty to a charge that she assaulted her son.
Additionally, her sister, Euclyn Baines, also admitted that she assaulted the man.
The elderly Gill explained that the feud began when her son demanded a full repayment of $800, which he had spent on kerosene oil she had asked him to purchase for the house.
She said that he then began raising his voice, calling her derogatory names and rudely accusing her and his father, who is sick and hospitalized, of wanting him to maintain them.
She said that it was at this point that she dealt her son a slap to the face as she thought his behaviour was disrespectful.
The elderly woman said that after explaining to her son that she had no money to repay him for the kerosene, he became incensed and stormed into her bedroom and removed $1,000 which she had.
She said that her son resided with her up until the incident.
When asked by the court if this was the first time that her son had been abusive to her, the woman said no and explained that she had made a police report before but admitted to not following through with the complaint.
Meanwhile, Baines, also a senior citizen, said in her explanation to the court that she was summoned to her sister’s house after being informed that her nephew was abusing his mother.
The woman said that upon arrival, she met her nephew in the yard and admitted to slapping him in his chest for using derogatory remarks to her also and scolded him for verbally abusing his mother.
Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, before whom the matters called, explained to Enid that she could apply for a protection order against her son, under the Domestic Violence Act, if she so desired.
When asked his address, Euclid initially told the court that he didn’t live anywhere. He then said that he did not know it as he never committed it to memory. He added that he was living with his mother but has since moved out because of the incident and does not know his current address.
The magistrate stood the matter down for some time to give him an opportunity to find out the address. She explained to him that the court needed the address so that the police would know where he could be found.
When asked subsequently, however, the man again reported to the court that he did not know his address.
After hearing the case, the presiding magistrate placed each of the women on a peace bond for one year.
Meanwhile, Euclid was informed that he would be remanded to prison for his inability to furnish the court with his address.
Prosecutor Bharat Mangru had objected to the man being granted his freedom, citing his inability to provide his address and the likelihood that he would not return to court to stand trial.
The matters were heard at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court One and will be called there again on July 15.