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Shontel Jackson hides her face on Thursday, May 23, 2024 as she leaves the Colonarie Magistrates Court sitting at Georgetown.
Shontel Jackson hides her face on Thursday, May 23, 2024 as she leaves the Colonarie Magistrates Court sitting at Georgetown.
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A woman who pelted bottles at her boyfriend after seeing him kissing another woman at a funeral was bonded after one of the bottles broke, causing injury to another woman.

Shontel Jackson, 31, cried as she mitigated on her own behalf and as her sentence was being formulated at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

She asked Magistrate Kaywana Jacobs to “have mercy on top of me”, noting that she has four children, aged 15, 13, 12 and 7.

Jackson was given tissue to wipe her tears and the magistrate stood the matter down to allow her to compose herself.

The unemployed defendant had pleaded guilty to a charge that on May 18, at Chilli, Georgetown, she unlawfully and maliciously wounded Joanne Richards, of Calliaqua.

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The facts, presented by Corporal of Police Delando Charles, are that on May 18, about 5:10 p.m., Richards was at Chilli sitting on a bench near the cemetery. 

Jackson and her boyfriend had an altercation which led to Jackson pelting drink bottles at her boyfriend.

One of the bottles fell on the ground, broke and cut Richards on the foot, resulting in her receiving medical attention at the Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre.

In mitigation, Jackson told the court that she and her boyfriend were at a funeral in Georgetown.

“I told him I wasn’t feeling well and rain was coming. I saw him kissing another woman mouth to mouth and I called him and when he came, he just laughed,” she told the court.

“I pelted a bottle after him and the splinters from the ground cut the lady,” Jackson further said.

In handing down the sentence, the magistrate pointed out that the offence carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.

She arrived at a one-year prison sentence but deviated from the sentencing guidelines and bonded the defendant for six months in the sum of EC$600 or six months in prison.

Jacobs also ordered Jackson to pay EC$250 compensation in two months or two months imprisonment.