Jailed for praising the Lord? - Woman seeks justice after spending two weeks in mental facility

December 04, 2018
Lovell Marriott
Lovell Marriott

After spending more than 20 years in the Cayman Islands, Jamaican-born Lovell Marriott says she is seeking justice after being placed on a psychiatric ward for two weeks for worshipping on the road.

She said that in December last year, she was listening to gospel songs, while walking along the road in George Town, Cayman Islands. While walking, she said that she was approached by police officers, who asked her to accompany them to the police station.

"I was feeling so nice in worship, so I was not sure what they wanted. I went to the station and talked to them, and then another person started to talk to me. They called a doctor who told me that they will have to keep me in a mental facility for 72 hours," she said.

Shocked by what she heard, she asked why. However, she did not get a response.

However, according to the police in the Cayman Islands, Marriott was protesting on the day in question and causing traffic pile-up in the area.

The police said that she was escorted to the police station, where she behaved in a boisterous manner. They noted that she had to be escorted to the mental health facility according to their laws.




Marriott said that the 72 hours turned into two weeks. She said that while at the facility, she was subjected to inhumane treatment.

"While in there I called the police, but I was not getting any help. When they realised that I had a phone, the guy and other security guards jumped on me and took it away because I had put it in my underwear," she said.

Since leaving the facility, things have not been the same for Marriott.

She said that she lost her job and home. To make matters worse, she said that she is being forced out of the country she has called home for two decades.

"People started calling me crazy, and they even throw me out of my house that I rented. I don't have a job, and I don't have anywhere to live," she cried.

"This is not right, and they think as a Jamaican I am going to block road and behave bad, but I won't. That is the way they want me to act, but I am going to stay and fight" she said.

Marriott's sister told THE STAR that she does not know of her sister having any mental issues. She said that she knows about what happened to her last December, but she is not sure why her sister was sent to the mental facility.

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