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June 25, 2014
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Women brawlers to go to trial
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James teacher who got into a fight with another last month, will stand trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on September 23.

Shanel Clarke, from Montego Bay, had previously pleaded guilty with explanation to assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Samoya Lightbody, and both were ordered to attend mediation sessions. However, the case was set for trial after mediation was unsuccessful.

It is alleged that sometime last month, Clarke scratched Lightbody's face and bit her, causing injuries. Yesterday, Lightbody told presiding magistrate Wilson Smith that she was not satisfied with the suggestions that Clarke had made regarding restitution, at the mediation sessions.

"I wanted her (Clarke) to pay $30,000, she said she could only pay $20,000, and she wants to take two years to pay me my doctor bill. I am not comfortable with that," said Lightbody.

But Clarke disputed the claim, saying they had come to an agreement at mediation. It was subsequently revealed that the agreement entailed Clarke paying a monthly sum of $1000, which RM Smith promptly shot down.

"I agree with her (Lightbody), to pay $1000 a month is crazy," said RM Smith. "The matter is set for trial on September 23. In the meantime, if you can find money to pay, then you can come to a different settlement."

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