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January 20, 2014
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Woman accused of unlawful wounding returns to court

A woman accused of using a shovel to hit a workman helping to build her house, will return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

She is Nickeisha Rodney from Oliver Road, Kingston 2.

Allegations are that the complainant, Stefan Blair, who was hired by the worksite's contractor to do steel and electrical work, and Ms Rodney got into an argument about payment after working weeks without compensation. He left and upon his return, Rodney took the shovel she was using to hit him in his head.

return with gun

Rodney, who pleaded guilty with explanation to unlawful wounding, explained that after the argument got heated, Blair left the premises promising to return with a gun.

"Mister Blair was outside behaving bad. Him start class me I turn to him and say gwan and come!" said Rodney. "The shovel I had mixing the material on the board, I tek it, swing it, and it lick him in his head back."

Rodney said her house was being built and financed through a National Housing Trust loan and she did not have the liquid assets to pay the complainant.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey sought additional clarification on the matter. "Call di contractor for me. This is why them don't want you on them site yu nuh. She must tear up some newspaper and pay you, or yu going wait till the money come?" RM Pusey said.

The complainant, unsettled by RM Pusey's remarks, became boisterous and said: "Your honour! Yu know say yu not dealing with the case right!?"

Consequently, the RM ordered that Blair spend a little time in the court's holding cell.

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