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Couple hauled to court for cleanliness dispute

A dispute over the cleanliness of an apartment resulted in a couple being hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court to answer to assault charges.

In a case and cross-case, 28-year-old Jheanell Green and Warren West, 29, both from Kingston 13, were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, unlawful wounding and malicious destruction of property.

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It is alleged that on April 15 about 2:30 p.m., Green and West, along with the complainant who is also Green's sister, were involved in a dispute which led to West pushing the complainant, causing her to hit her head. Green allegedly used a knife to stab West on his hand, and also damaged his house's door lock, which resulted in West throwing away bottles of cologne which belonged to Green.

But West told the court that the dispute, which has been ongoing, was about the state in which his child's mother kept his apartment.

"She's my babymother, me know her since 2011, she has three other kids, and I took her and them into my one bedroom. I work as a postman. I don't work much money, but what I have, I use to take care of them. The dispute is about the mess in the place. When I seh any ting about the cleanliness, she talk to me disrespectful. I am not a violent person, and she's the first woman mi ever put mi hand pan, and for that I'm wrong, but when mi talk to her bout cleaning up the place, is lone attitude," West told the court.

Following West's explanation, Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey told Green, "keep the place clean," to which she responded, "I don't live there anymore".

West told the court that Green moved out of his apartment and now lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her children. West and Green are to return to the court on June 18.

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