Mother accused of having sex in front of young daughter
A woman who is in a feud with the mother of her granddaughter over the child, told the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week that the child's mother has been having sex in front of her young daughter and on one occasion kicked her and told her to go sleep when she realised that she was awake.
"My mother and 'Pow' was on the bed kissing and going on and she kick me and say go to you bed, wha you a watch me fa," the complainant said she was told by the seven-year-old child.
The grandmother, who appeared in court on Thursday in relation to an incident in which she claimed she was assaulted by the child's mother, said that the child lives with her, but does not want to visit her mother.
According to her, the child complains that her mother has sex in front of her and has scared her by pulling her boyfriend's gun
As a result of what she was told, the complainant said that she spoke to the child's mother "to be careful of what she does in front of the child".
However, she said that the mother was not happy and sometime after, took her to court for denying her access to the child, after she had called her to see the child and was told to call her back.
As it relates to the October 18 incident, the grandmother said that she was in Papine Square, St Andrew with the child who was waiting to be picked up by her mother. When the mother arrived, she told the mother not to have sex in front of the child, at which point the mother used a broom and hit her across the face.
The accused, however, denied the allegations. She told the court that it was the complainant who first shoved her and she shoved her back and hit her with a broom after she called her "nasty gal" and made the rude comment.
Pusey then asked the complainant if she had shoved the accused and she said she did.
"I don't know why people believe that they have a right to push people when they come up in their face, the law requires that you retreat," she said.
She then told them that it was the child who she is most concerned about.
The grandmother was then warned not to bar the child from seeing her mother and not to sow seeds of enmity between the mother and child.
Pusey also advised the grandmother to speak with the mother in private and not to embarrass her in public and to desist from encouraging the child to inform on her mother, as what she is saying might not be true.
The mother was then ordered to pay half of the complainant's medical bill of $4,000 and the magistrate made a no-order ruling in the case.
American fugitive flees to Jamaica for a fresh start
An American fugitive who fled to Jamaica and was caught with forged documents, claimed that he was seeking a new life in the country.
The foreigner, Jermaine Smith, 32, otherwise known as Saquan Rasheed Heath, of New York, who is reportedly wanted for racketeering and organised crime in the US, was nabbed during a joint operation by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) and the Customs Department at a business establishment in Kingston.
Smith, who was under house arrest in the US, managed to remove a tracking device from his body and fled to Jamaica in July.
But he was accosted at the Central Sorting Office with a forged US passport, which he uttered as an identification in order to collect a package that was sent in his mother's name.
Following further investigations it was found out that he had used the passport at Jamaica National Building Society to transact business and was charged with two counts of forgery and seven counts of uttering forged documents.
On Thursday when he appeared in court, Smith pleaded guilty to the charges and was given a reduced sentence of six months.
Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey told him that she was going to offer no evidence on one of the counts of forgery and on two counts of uttering for 'early plea'.
He was then sentenced to serve six months on each count, which will run concurrently.
However, before he was sentenced, Smith told the court: "I basically came to Jamaica for a new life and to try follow the law and do the best I can. I came to catch up on the relationship with my mother who I haven't seen since I was four, and to help her buy a house."
He also told the court that he has a girlfriend in the island who is now pregnant.
Smith is reportedly involved in cybercrimes, racketeering and money laundering in multiple jurisdictions, including Europe, Asia, North America and South America, and since August has allegedly laundered over $6 million through local banks.
Schoolgirl stabs jealous ex-lover in the back
A 15-year-old schoolgirl, who stabbed her ex-boyfriend in his back with a pair of scissors after her reportedly attacked her in a fit of jealousy, was freed of a charge of unlawful wounding.
The minor told the court that she was on her way home in Greenwich Town, St Andrew in the company of two boys when her 19-year-old ex-boyfriend saw her, pulled her and slapped her in her head.
She told the court that he had been threatening her earlier through text messages.
"Is he your boyfriend?" Pusey asked before she was informed about their relationship.
"Not for long," the teenager replied. "In October we were together for two weeks but he was bringing sex argument to me and I broke it off."
She also told the court that he had attacked her on a previous occasion.
"He grabbed me by my hair, grabbed my phone and slapped me in my face," she said.
Pusey then asked the complainant why he had attacked her, but he said that he did not assault her and was only trying to calm her down. He said that he was surprised that she stabbed him.
However, the teen's mother, who was in court, told the magistrate that the complainant has been stalking her daughter and has been robbing of her possession when he sees her.
"That why I don't bother to fall in love, so nobody won't bother me," Pusey remarked.
She then warned the complainant to leave the minor alone.
"She is not interested and she is correct," Pusey said before issuing a no-order ruling in the matter.