Magistrate Sharon Gardner found Mike Henry guilty of threatening language but not guilty of assault.
In an earlier statement, Alicia Anthony, the victim and neighbour of the defendant, said Henry punched her five times in retaliation for a blow she dealt him with a shovel in his back. However, according to the police report, there was no visible evidence of the injuries Anthony sustained therefore the magistrate handed down a verdict of not guilty on the assault charge.
The magistrate however felt that Henry’s later actions, in front of witnesses, warranted a stiff sentence to ensure that he got the message that the court frowns upon such behavior. He was handed a fine of $1,000, payable to the court no later than February 28, 2013, or in default two months imprisonment.
Henry was also ordered to take parenting classes as the magistrate said parents must be aware of how they act in the presence of their children.
Henry is the breadwinner for his family of three.