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December 11, 2013
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Court hears that ... Mother, daughter beat son-in-law
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James mother and daughter, who are accused of injuring the daughter's husband during a domestic dispute, were given new court dates when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Rose McNeil and her daughter Sandy McNeil, who are of the same address, are jointly charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, committed against Errol Grandston. The allegations were not outlined in court.

When called upon to plead, the daughter told the court that she was not guilty, while the mother pleaded guilty with explanation. Following their respective pleas, their case was set for mention on January 8, 2014.

Rose McNeil told Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that on Wednesday, November 6 she was preparing to go to church when the incident occurred.

"I was getting dressed to go to the Kingdom Hall, and I realised there was noise in my yard. I saw Grandston and my daughter on the ground fighting, so I took a piece of a broomstick and hit him, and then we (mother and daughter) ran inside," said McNeil.

"It sounds like you are saying you are not guilty, so this case will have to be tried," said RM Tie.

The court was told that the medical certificate was outstanding from the prosecution's case-file.

"Your fingerprints will be taken, and both of you will come back here on January 8," RM Tie told the calm-looking McNeils.

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