Neighbour ‘hits’ boy

2017-05-02 06:01
Amon Ebrahim (12)

Amon Ebrahim (12)

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The family of a 12-year-old boy, allegedly was beaten by his neighbour for playing on the pavement near her gate, wants justice.

Amon Ebrahim from Maitland Garden Village was allegedly hit for playing soccer on the corner of 9th Avenue on Wednesday 5 April at around 17:00.

According to Amon’s grandmother Cecilia Jacobs (73), the neighbour allegedly hit her grandson in the face with her fist several times, asking why he was playing near her home. She says the neighbour was shouting and when they wanted to talk to her immediately after the incident she locked herself inside her house.

Jacobs decided to have the neighbour charged with assault after the neighbour allegedly refused to cooperate, because, Jacobs says, she felt disrespected.

“She had no right to hit my grandson; she does not own the street nor the pavement. She should have just spoken to the children who were playing there and even come to us as the parents.

“I was deeply hurt to see Amon swollen like that. Worst part is the disrespect she showed me when I wanted us to talk about it. I now want her arrested, maybe Amon will find it easy to make peace with it and forget,” says Jacobs.

Another family member, who did not want to be named, says she is still in disbelief, because Amon is not a naughty boy and says if the neighbour had spoken to him he would have left.

“I would like to see her prosecuted and convicted because she has not shown any remorse since the day of the incident,” says the family member.

Maitland police have confirmed the case. Captain Glen Coetzee says the neighbour was arrested and appeared in court on 11 April.

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