COCONUT vendor Lester Ramcharan appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with neglecting his ten-year-old son.
On March 5, Ramcharan left home to sell coconuts at Palmiste, San Fernando, leaving the boy home alone. The boy left the house and went to Picton Street, Diamond Village, where he was given a job by another coconut vendor.
A report was made to police who went to the man’s house and rescued the boy. Police later found out that Ramcharan often left his boy home alone, and that the child had no birth certificate and never attended school.
Police charged Ramcharan with neglecting his son, causing unnecessary suffering to his health, and that being a parent, failed to provide proper care.
Defence attorney Sharmela Rampaul said it was a series of unfortunate events that led to the abandonment of the boy and that the child’s mother left the family home when the child was only two years old.
Ramcharan, she said, was in prison when the child was born, and could not register his birth because the mother was needed.
However, Magistrate Adia Mohammed said a long time had passed since the child’s birth and the father should have been more responsible.
She said she was concerned the child had no education and therefore would be unable to even have a skill.
She fined the father $3,500. The money had to be paid forthwith or he will serve nine months in prison.