A day after news emerged that a Chinese woman who was caught on video abusing a child in Trelawny, was arrested and charged by the police for the alleged offence, but the matter was dismissed in court because of lack of witnesses, a senior police officer has cited the incident as one of the major problems that law enforcement authorities continue to face in their fight to clamp down on a number of crimes.
Speaking with Loop News, the lawman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “It continues to be one of our biggest challenges, where people see crimes been committed, they express outrage, but (they) are afraid or unwilling to come forward to give evidence in court in order for the courts to convict persons.”
Reports reaching Loop News are that the woman, 53-year-old Yuemei Pan, was arrested on December 7 last year, and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
However, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said no evidence was offered against the woman when the matter was brought before the Trelawny Parish Court on Wednesday, January 9.
This resulted in the case being thrown out because of failure of persons to come forward to indicate interest in giving evidence in the matter.
Social media users have expressed outrage after the 30-second video began circulating, showing the female shop operator holding the child menacingly while repeated asking about money that was supposedly to have been paid for an item or items that was or were brought from the shop .
At one point the shop owner slapped the child in the face and hurled an expletive at the girl who was dressed in her school uniform and was politely responding to the assault, despite her clear distress and embarrassment.
Onlookers were heard laughing in the background, with one fatherly figure calling on the Chinese woman to stop what she was doing.
In the midst of it all, the child broke down in tears.
Social media users have not taken kindly to either the contents of the video or the outcome of the case in court.