A grieving Detroit father was caught on courtroom video attacking the man convicted of killing his three-year-old daughter (video below).
The Mirror reports that Dwayne Smith was in court recently to deliver a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Jasmine Gordon and her boyfriend, Clifford Thomas, both of whom were convicted in the death of Gordon and Smith's daughter, Jamila Smith.
Instead of delivering the victim impact speech, he decided to make an impact in a less-conventional way.
In the video, when Smith passes Thomas to approach the witness stand, he punches Thomas in the back of the head.
Smith yells a barrage of obscenities at Thomas, who tries to fight back, but sheriff's deputies restrain both men and lead them separately out of the court room.
The court is in an uproar. Gordon cries and yells, "Jesus," as her lawyer, John McWilliams, attempts to calm her down.
"It was pretty scary," McWilliams said. "I'm glad nobody was seriously hurt."
Last September, Jamila Smith died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries, after her mother rushed her to the hospital. Officials found that bruises on her head and chest indicated abuse, and they ruled her death a homicide. The court convicted both Gordon and Thomas of involuntary manslaughter for Jamila Smith's death a few weeks ago, according to News AU.
The court gave Gordon concurrent sentences for seven to 15 years for the involuntary manslaughter charge and 14 to 25 years for aiding and abetting first-degree child abuse. Thomas will serve approximately six to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter with an additional one to two years for resisting and obstructing a police officer.
Smith, however, will not face any charges for assaulting Thomas, although the judge did ban him from returning to the court room.
"No charges were pursued against those involved as the judge declined to hold Dwayne Smith in contempt of court," explained a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. "Clifford Thomas refused prosecution of Smith."