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February 12, 2013
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Woman faces court for false police report
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A Hanover woman, who admitted to submitting a false police report that her boyfriend owned an illegal gun, will return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for sentencing on April 12.

Shornette Arnold, 31, from Sandy Bay, who pleaded guilty on Friday to attempting to pervert the course of justice by filing a false report against Jermaine Wood, has been offered $300,000 bail and is to have a social enquiry report prepared to assist in deciding her sentence.

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It is alleged that Arnold filed a police report stating that Wood, with whom she was in a relationship, was in possession of an illegal firearm. As a result, Wood was arrested and brought before the Western Regional Gun Court.

However, on February 6, Arnold confessed that she had in fact given a false statement about Wood to the police. She was subsequently arrested and charged.

In making a bail application on Friday, Arnold's lawyer, Martyn Thomas, told the court that his client made the false report out of desperation as Wood was reportedly abusing her and the police were not taking appropriate action in response to her complaints.

"Miss Arnold had been in an abusive relationship for the entire two years she had been together with Mr Wood. When she was abused, she would go to the Sandy Bay Police Station and make reports, but the police would not take her seriously," said Thomas. "She is aware of the consequences of her actions, and in light of these circumstances, we are asking that you be as lenient as possible."

The prosecution offered no opposition to Arnold getting bail.

"This matter is set for sentencing on April 12. I am offering you bail in the sum of $300,000, and up to three persons can bail you," RM Wong-Small told Arnold.

"You will report at the Sandy Bay Police Station every Monday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. You will surrender your passport and a stop order will be placed at all ports for you," the magistrate added. "You will submit your fingerprints, and I am requesting a social enquiry report for you."

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