‘No foolish excuses’
A St James woman for whom an arrest warrant had been issued after she failed to attend court on two occasions, escaped being remanded to HMP Dodds today.
After chastising Rasheeda Sharika Hollingsworth, 26, of Mills Apartments, St James, District ‘A’ Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the woman she should have been remanded to prison for frustrating the complainant and his lawyer, who constantly turned up to have the case heard, but left empty-handed.
Frederick informed the woman – accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Rosemary Batson on July 4, and assaulting police constable Carl Hinds in the execution of his duties on December 15, 2013 – that the complainants expected him to remand her to ensure she was in court on the next appointed date.
However, the magistrate said that ordering Hollingsworth to report to the Black Rock Police Station every Monday and Wednesday by 10 a.m. was next to remanding her.
He therefore released her on bail until October 5, but warned her to make sure she attended court on the scheduled date and not to “come with foolish excuses”.
The woman told the court today she was busy preparing her daughter for, and taking her to summer camp. She said that on a previous occasion when she came to court, a relative had kept the child. Frederick advised her have the relative take care of the child again when she has to return in court.