Alleged teacher attacker sent to Psychiatric Hospital
...and other court matters
A man who allegedly stabbed a pre-school teacher last week, a Guyanese woman who brought cocaine into Barbados, and a man accused of money laundering and theft all faced different fates when they appeared in court yesterday.
Jabari Marlon Johnson, 23, was sent for a psychiatric evaluation when he appeared in the District “E” Magistrates’ Court at Holetown charged with wounding 42-year-old Lorna Jordan, a teacher at the Salvation Army pre-school in Checker Hall, St Lucy. Jordan received multiple stab wounds as she was opening the school last Thursday morning.
Johnson will return to court on December 19.
Meantime, Charlen Ulanda Ferguson, 33, yesterday began a three-year prison term after she could not pay a $50,000 forthwith fine
for importing 1.74 kilos of cocaine. She was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on three other charges of possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking.
When she appeared in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court she pleaded guilty to the offences. Police – who initially released a statement saying Ferguson was Trinidadian but later indicated she is Guyanese – say she arrived from Trinidad around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday and was interviewed by Drug Squad personnel after she cleared immigration.
She was then referred to Customs, where a search was conducted but nothing was found. She was then taken to Oistins Police Station under suspicion of having a controlled substance and when a more detailed search of her luggage was conducted, liquid cocaine was found
in 218 bottles of cosmetics in a box. Meantime, Reynold Randolph Roach, 47, of Apt 9, Lower Estate Heights, St. Michael was granted $75,000 bail, on condition that he surrender his passport, after he appeared in court charged with stealing $55,000 and $26,500 from two men who paid him to import vehicles and $76,000 from a commercial bank. He also faces three counts of money laundering related to those offences.
Roach will reappear in court on April 8 next year.