Magistrate warns that caregiver’s case is subjudice
All parties connected to the case involving an auxiliary nurse and an elderly woman at a Christ Church nursing home that went viral on social media, have been banned from speaking to the media.
This development came today when Arielle Odinga King, who is facing an assault charge arising out of the incident, went before Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court.
King, 37, who resides at Lynches Tenantry, St Philip, was allowed to continue on $3,000 bail. She will return to court on July 11.
The accused first appeared in a Bridgetown court last Thursday but was not required to plead to the offence. She was granted similar bail and ordered to appear at the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court today.
When King did so this morning, she pleaded not guilty to the April 28 offence of assaulting 84-year-old Jasmine Hall. Speaking to the court, which included two reporters, the magistrate noted that several matters relating to the case had been placed in the press and persons had given extensive interviews.
Indicating that he deplored the wide publicity which the matter had been given considering that it was now sub judice, Birch then read from a Canadian document.
Until the matter is concluded, there should be no further interviews, he stressed.
The video of a woman hitting Hall in the head and kicking her went viral on social media a week ago. Hall was at the time sitting on the floor of the nursing home where she resided. King has since been fired.
While being hit with a shoe and later a book, the old woman could be heard begging the person not to hit her.
There was no objection to bail for King, who is not known to the court. She is being represented by attorney-at-law Kristen Turton.