An Anegada grandmother has been fined $400 for assaulting a teacher employed at Claudia Creque Educational Centre some two years ago.
When 63-year-old Laura Vanterpool appeared before Magistrate Gisele Jackman-Lumy on Friday, she was ordered to pay the fine forthwith or if in default, serve 30 days at Her Majesty’s Prison.
She had previously pleaded not guilty to the offence — common assault — but changed her plea to guilty moments before the commencement of her trial.
In handing down the sentence, the magistrate said Vanterpool should have known better, given her age.
The magistrate also said ‘her behaviour was reproachable’ and the sentence was to send a message that assault on anyone, let alone an educator, is not acceptable.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on the day in question, the 63-year-old, who had two grandchildren enrolled at Claudia Creque Educational Centre, paid a visit to the school.
It is reported that a meeting was in progress in a room at the facility when Vanterpool began banging on the room door in order to gain access to the meeting.
When the door was opened, she stormed inside and pushed the teacher in question. She then pulled a chair from under the same teacher while she (the educator) was about to sit. However, the teacher broke the fall and escaped unharmed.
The matter was subsequently reported to the police and Vanterpool was charged.
Attorney-at-law Patrick Thompson represented Vanterpool.
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