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Alleged police beater gets bail

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer

Thursday, February 07, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - A teenaged girl who allegedly beat up two policemen was offered bail when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Jodeann Hoffstead who admitted to assaulting one officer but not to tearing off his short or assaulting a second officer was offered bail in the sum of $150,000 with up to three sureties.

Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong Small was hesitant to offer bail, however, as the accused teenager was unable to give a satisfactory answer as to where she would reside.

Earlier Hoffstead told the court she was living with a man in Ocho Rios but only knew his name as "Roger."

Meanwhile, her aunt who was in court tried unsuccessfully to find a relative who would allow her to live with them.

Hoffstead who told the court she was in Montego Bay to start working at a bar in the Lethe area, said she went to a popular nightclub along Gloucester Avenue where she got into a confrontation with the police and a fight ensued.

She was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer, malicious destruction of property, using indecent language and possession of an offensive weapon.

She will return to court on March 12.

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