The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said a father from Lluidas Vale district in St Catherine has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he allegedly beat another man whom he accused of child molestation.
The JCF added that one of the father’s co-workers, who is a resident of Russell Pen in the Time and Patience area of Linstead, St Catherine, allegedly assisted with the beating.
He too is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Both men, whose identities are being withheld in an effort to protect that of the child, are to appear before the Linstead Parish Court on June 5. They are on station bail.
The JCF, in the meantime, told The Beacon that the suspected molester, who was admitted at Linstead Public Hospital after the beating, is now in the custody of the Linstead Police.
He, however, is yet to be charged.
Civilian sources said police are conducting further investigations, and the child is likely to be medically examined.
The JCF, through its Corporate Communications Unit, stated that the father of the female child left her in the care of a woman who lives in Lluidas Vale district.
That said woman is in a relationship with the suspected child molester, police said.
When the father returned for the child, the child reportedly informed him that she had been molested by the suspect.
The JCF stated that the father and his co-worker allegedly went to the residence of the suspected molester to confront him, and an argument developed.
It is alleged that, during the argument, the suspect was physically attacked.
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