Jamaican wife accused of burning 'matey' with goat soup granted bail in Antigua

ST JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda — The 29-year-old Jamaican woman accused of burning her husband's mistress with goat soup at an event in Antigua and Barbuda was granted bail with strict conditions on Tuesday.

Annalee Jeffrey, who is charged with causing grievous bodily harm, had her bail set at ECD$10,000 with a cash component of ECD$2,000.

Allegations are that on June 6, the complainant, who now resides with the accused's husband, was working with the man at a breakfast fete serving goat soup from a pot on an open fire.

Sometime later, the complainant was grabbed by her hair and pulled backwards, resulting in her falling to the ground.

The pot of goat soup also fell off the fire, burning the woman in the process.

The report said the complainant allegedly received "first degree superficial burns to her hand and face". Jeffrey also allegedly received burns to her hands during the incident.

A report in the Antigua Observer on Tuesday stated that during the bail application, Jeffery's attorney, Michael Archibald, urged the magistrate to grant her client bail, as she was living in the country for seven years, had applied for residency, and showed no indication that she would abscond bail.

During the Jamaican's first court appearance at the All Saint's Magistrate's Court on Monday, it was revealed that her time in the twin-island nation had expired.

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Archibald maintained that his client has strong ties to the country by pointing out that she currently provides care to her two sons and her husband's daughter.

While the complainant's attorney — who was watching proceedings on her behalf - did not object to bail being granted, he requested that "prohibitive conditions" be added, citing that his client was fearful.

The judge, in granting bail, ordered that Jeffrey should report three times per week to the nearest police station and report one day per week to the island's immigration authorities.

The Jamaican should also make no contact with the complainant or witnesses, and she was ordered to stay 50 feet away from the complainant.

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