Woman pleads guilty to hitting another

COURT TODAY BLOCKA woman who hit another on the forehead with a bottle of beer, entered a guilty plea yesterday and will be sentenced on October 9 when she returns to court.

Odetta Duke-Collymore, of 1st Avenue Carlton, St James, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Althea Caddle on September 26.

The court asked to see the complainant to find out the extent of her injuries and whether she had incurred medical expenses as a result.

According to police prosecutor, Sergeant Martin Rock, the complainant was at a Reed Street, City bar and left to go outside. While there, she felt something hit her in the head, causing her to stumble backwards into the doorway.

When she placed her hand on her forehead, blood was there. Collymore then went and stood in front of Caddle, confessing that it was she who “pelt the bottle.” She was later arrested and charged.

In her explanation of the events, Collymore told the court that she had a bottle “pelted at me first”. She explained that she was drinking a beer at the time when she was hit with a bottle and her reaction was just “to throw it back”.

Asked whether she thought it was acceptable behaviour, the woman explained that she had never been in a situation like this before where she became involved with the law.

“I am not a trouble-maker,” she said.

The magistrate told her that even if she had been hit with a bottle first, “you took the law out of your favour” by hitting the complainant when she should have reported the matter to the police.

Frederick said that after hearing from the complainant, he will very likely look at compensation and also address any problem which Duke-Collymore may have.

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