Foul-mouthed woman sends silent message to judge
MONTEGO BAY, St James – Melrose Bremmer, who during her last court appearance hurled expletives at the judge, was a bit more composed when she returned to the St James Parish Court on Wednesday. She didn’t say a word but still attempted to get a message across.
The 52-year-old shopkeeper from Lilliput, St James, maintained her composure in the prisoner’s dock as the prosecutor informed the court that her lawyer, Albert Morgan, was ill and unable to attend.
Then, as she was being led out of the courtroom towards the holding area, her back turned to the judge, she raised her index and middle fingers and gestured in the judge’s direction. There was no response from the bench.
Last Wednesday, after Presiding Judge Kaysha Grant-Pryce denied her bail, Bremmer told the judge to perform an oral sex act on her mother.
Bremmer had appeared in the St James Parish Court to answer to charges of disorderly conduct, assault at common law, and possession of an offensive weapon.
Those charges stemmed from allegations that she attempted to attack a Family Court judge and a police officer, in open court last December.
Bremmer’s legal woes began when she was brought before the Family Court for a case involving her 11-year-old child, who is said to be in need of care and protection.
The child has also been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, which may cause delays in mental and physical development as well as increase the child’s risk for health problems.
According to court documents, on December 6 last year Bremmer became agitated after the judge decided to place her child in State custody. She allegedly attempted to hit the judge with a chair.
Bremmer was restrained by a police officer. However as she walked along a passage leading to the holding area, while being taken into custody, she drew a knife that she had hidden among a stack of boxes containing court documents. She allegedly held up the knife and told the officer, “You are an idiot… Look how easy I could have killed you.”
She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assault at common law, and possession of an offensive weapon.
It was while answering to those charges last week that she hurled abuse at Presiding Judge Kaysha Grant-Pryce.
On Wednesday the court acknowledged receipt of the outstanding statement from the complainant, which was submitted by the investigating officer.
After speaking with the prosecutor, Judge Grant-Pryce gave Bremmer a new court date of January 15 and ordered her to be remanded in police custody.