Jealous babymothers clash in babyfather's car
Covering the Courts
TWO women who became embroiled in a fight after they ran into each other in their babyfather's car, were warned last week to stay away from each other and to keep the peace or else they would both be confined to the same jail cell.
The women, Carol Paisley and Shenile Davis, were arrested and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm following the dispute in Papine, Eastern St Andrew.
Davis told the St Andrew Resident Magistrate's Court that she was in the car when Paisley saw her and started to curse her. She said that Paisley then shoved her in the forehead and they got entangled in a fight in which she was bitten on her hand.
"Your Honour, some people part we and when them hold on to me she slapped me in my face, and me say 'suh unu hold me mek she box me'," she added.
Davis said that she was taken to her workplace to calm down and when she left and was on her way home, both Paisley and her aunt attacked her and she chased Paisley into her yard and threw a shovel which hit her.
Paisley, however, denied the allegation, claiming it was Davis who told her not to look at her while she was sitting at the front of the car and then pushed her in the head.
She said that people separated them and her 'babyfather' took her home and Davis later came by her home, pushed her against a wall and hit her with the shovel.
"I think the two of unnu must do 30 days alone in a cell," Pusey told them.
"If you both want to share the same love interest and the same babyfather then it's your business, but when you going to fight and disturb the public peace then that's my business," Pusey said.
She then asked the women if they believed that it was a good idea for them to spend some time with each other in a cell and they both nodded in agreement.
Pusey, however, decided to fine them both $5,000.
"If unnu come back, that promise of 30 days will become a reality," she told them.
Woman punched for being too 'fass'
A man who punched a woman whom he felt was 'fassing' in his business, after she confronted him about impregnating her teenage niece, was ordered to fork out $10,000 or serve six months in prison.
The court heard that Etburn Taylor held the complainant by her throat, shoved her to the ground and punched her all over her body.
The complainant told the court that Taylor got upset at her after she asked him why he had got her 17-year-old niece pregnant and he knew that she was in school.
"Mi jus ask him why him breed me niece and him grab me up and nearly kill me and tell me seh me a fass inna him business and mi fi come out a him life," the complainant said.
Pusey then asked Taylor if he had hit the complainant and he told the court that he only pushed her down.
Taylor was then fined by the magistrate.
Woman denies chopping babyfather in his face
A woman was also placed before the court for reportedly chopping the father of her child in his face with a machete.
The accused woman, Shandian Bundi, who is charged with unlawful wounding, denied the charge.
According to the complainant, Bundi came to his house, kicked off his door and chopped him in the face.
He said that the accused assaulted him after he was passing her house and saw that his son was not at school and took him to his home when Bundi came there and attacked him.
But Bundi said he was not telling the truth.
She said that the complainant sustained the wound to his face after he threw several stones at her friend who threw one at him, which caught him in the face.
"No stone nuh lik mi, is she chop me, is six stitches mi get," he said.
But Bundi told the court that the complainant was trying to get back at her for taking him to court for punching her in the face.
"Your Honour, he had to pay $25,000 and him seh him want it back even though a never me get the money," she said.
The complainant then said that he was with her for eight years and had to care for her as she was not working, but the magistrate told him to keep quiet.
"The man is the hunter. If you love her you have to mind her, so stop it and don't ever say it again," Pusey said to him. "Didn't she do anything for you? She had to wash, cook and clean for you."
Bundi then told the court that she ended their relationship in January because of the constant abuse from the complainant.
The matter was, however, rescheduled for mention on April 14 and Bundi's bail was extended.
Man steals rice for his children
A man who was caught stealing a bag of rice from a supermarket claimed he did so to feed his children.
The accused, Carlington Sinclair, was held at a Kingston branch of Hi-Lo Food Store with a pack of Jewel Rice valued at $240.
"I did it for my kids, I have two children — a daughter and a son," Sinclair told the court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to
"You can't just go into the supermarket and help yourself to the people dem things, the people at the supermarket have children too," Magistrate Judith Pusey told Sinclair.
He was then ordered to pay $5,000 or serve six months in prison.
Man accused of sexually assaulting wife
A man faced the court too for sexually assaulting his wife with a bottle and for physically assaulting her during a domestic dispute.
The man was arrested and charged with grievous sexual assault and assault occasioning bodily harm following the incident at their Kingston home where it is alleged that he assaulted her with the bottle and also punched her in the face.
On Thursday when the matter was mentioned, Michael Cavan said he was guilty of punching her in the face.
When the magistrate asked him about the other allegations he said he was guilty of attempting to assault her with the bottle.
"How long you plan to stay in prison for this?" Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey asked him.
"Your Honour, it's all about jealousy and ignorancy," he said.
"I didn't ask you that," Pusey said.
"My wife is here and I have apologised to her and I am really sorry," Cavan added.
Pusey then asked his wife if they are still together, noting that she was going to recommend counselling for them.
But the wife said they were no longer together and that she did not wish for them to undergo counselling.
"I just need my divorce, I can't stay with a man like that," she said.
Cavan was fined $10,000 for the assault and $8,000 for the other charge.