In handing down the sentence, Frazer explained to Benjamin Chaplin, 49, a plumber of 2 Fabers Road, that if he gets into any more trouble with the law during the next 12 months, he will automatically begin to serve the three-months prison sentence.
On Saturday, February 9, sometime around 10:15 a.m., Chaplin took it upon himself to “lash” two primary school girls, who threw stones at him while he was at work on a building on Cemetery Lane.
Police reported that Chaplin followed the girls to their school, jumped the school fence and entered the classroom, where he reportedly took off his belt and began to discipline the girls.
He was unable to leave the school after the lashing however, because some people from the neighbourhood detained him until the police arrived and arrested him.
In court, Chaplin pulled out his shirt and showed the magistrate his side, claiming that he almost lost his kidney, because the persons who executed the citizens’ arrest also beat him.
After sentencing him, Magistrate Frazer reminded Chaplin that in these modern days, he cannot go around lashing people’s children.
“That is a thing of the past” she told him.