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February 1, 2013
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Woman sentenced for beating daughter with broomstick

A 28-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to beating her four-year-old daughter with a broomstick was sentenced in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Nicole James was charged with cruelty to child and assault occasioning grievous harm.

James was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment at hard labour for the assault charge. The other charge was dropped.

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"Your Honour, mi sorry about dat miss, a nuh like me did want to murder or kill her," the accused told Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

However, the senior RM replied: "No man, you will at least have to spend some time for this."

Allegations say on December 28, James was involved in an argument with a neighbour about the child.

The court heard that James gave the child strict instructions to stay in the house, however, the child disobeyed and was badly beaten.

The child ran under a bed and was subsequently rescued by residents who heard her crying.

She was taken to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse. James was later arrested.

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