Butlers in court today
Craig Butler and his son, Kyle Butler, will face the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrates Court, where their trial for assault charges will be mentioned before a judge this morning.
Kyle, who is represented by Tom Tavares-Finson, last represented Jamaica at the Under-23 level in Concacaf Olympic Games qualifying. He accused Craig, founder of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy, of assault after an alleged incident during training at the Mona High School on Monday, November 30, 2020.
But Craig, represented by Christopher Townsend, has vehemently denied the claim and countered with a similar charge against his son days later.
Townsend said not much will happen today but says how they move forward is dependent on the two parties.
“Both of them will face the court [today],” Townsend told The Gleaner. “The matter is set for mention, and we anticipate that not much will happen in terms of a decision. But the judge may send it to mediation, or it can go to trial,depending on what the parties want.”
Townsend said that he has been working with his counterpart, Tavares-Finson, to reach an out-of-court settlement but that the discussions have not been fruitful.
“Both lawyers have been trying to iron out a way through, but both parties need persons who know how to resolve disputes,” he said. “So both lawyers are of the view that a third party might bring better reasoning for the matter.”
But Townsend is confident that his client will be acquitted of any charge against him.
“Exoneration from the accusation is not what is at the forefront of Mr Butler’s mind,” he said. “We know he never committed the crime, and there are credible witnesses who are connected to both Butlers that will say that it didn’t take place.
“But the real issue for Mr Butler is the destructive path that his son is on. So despite the stance that he is forced to take, any parent would be concerned for their child irrespective of how destructive that child is.
“Everybody wants the best for their children, and that is where Mr Butler is. He wants his son to get the type of help that can help him to return to normalcy.”
The incident has driven a rift between the once inseparable duo, especially after Kyle accused his father of physically and psychologically abusing him and his mother since he was eight or nine years old.
The Gleaner reached out to Kyle’s legal team for a comment but received no response.