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May 13, 2014
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Plum dispute lands 79-y-o higgler in court

A 79-year-old woman who is accused of beating another female in a dispute over plums is to do 40 hours of community service at a police station in St Thomas.

Beryl Simpson, who is a higgler by profession, made an appearance in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week.

The court heard that she sold plums to the complainant, who felt dissatisfied with the quality of the items.

It is reported that the complainant requested a refund which resulted in a dispute.

During the dispute, Simpson allegedly pushed the complainant and used her fingernail to cut the woman in the face.

"She grabbed mi and was choking me, so I had to defend myself. She tek di plums and push her hand down in the bottom of the bag saying that one of the plums soft. She wanted back her money, and mi tell her dat mi nah give her back di entire money, but I am gonna give back her change," Simpson said in court.

The complainant said that she didn't want any compensation for her injury, however, she requested that RM Pusey give her a stern warning.

RM Pusey questioned the accused and jokingly said that she wasn't in a position to advise the senior citizen.

"I don't believe the part that the complainant choked you. Ms Simpson, if you dont do the community service, then I am going know and then you will have to do some time," the RM Pusey said.

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