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A 23-year-old Richland Park woman has been found guilty of striking a fellow villager in the head with a piece of wood, resulting in injury.

As a result, Magistrate Bertie Pompey bonded Lorisa Williams for eight months. If she breaches the bond, she must pay the court EC$600 forthwith or spend two months in prison.

Williams, a first time offender, appeared before Pompey at the Mesopotamia Magistrate’s Court, charged that on June 19, she assaulted Patsy Richards, of Hopewell, occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Corporal 817 Stapleton told the court that on June 19, at about 7:45 a.m., Richards and two daughters were walking along “a track” in Hopewell when they met goats blocking their path.

Williams and Richards got in an argument and Richards left to make a complaint to the defendant’s mother.

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While Richards was making the complaint, Williams came home, took a piece of wood and struck Richards in the head.

In her defence, Williams told the court she left school at Grade 6 and later attended the Glen Learning Centre “to get subjects” but was unsuccessful.

She said that on the date in question, she left home to tie her goats where she usually does.

She said when Richards saw her, she (Richards) came down and said she could not “tie the goats there to make her fall down”.

Williams said they got into an argument and Richards told her she was going to make a complaint to her mother.

Williams said that when she got home, Richards was there and she told Richards not to come into the yard but she did.

“She pushed her hand in my face so I get a piece of stick and hit her with it,” Williams told the court. 

“Up to now, she aint mek no complaint to my mother!” Williams said of Richards.