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July 23, 2014
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Woman on stabbing charge gets bail extension
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A mentally ill woman accused of stabbing two church brothers had her bail extended when she appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Charged with unlawful wounding is 34-year-old Simone Allen of a Kingston address.

Allen, who appeared in court with her father, was reportedly taken into custody by the police in February after having a brief confrontation with both complainants. The accused allegedly caused a disturbance at the church resulting in members denying her entry to the building. As a result, she is alleged to have used a knife to stab both complainants causing injuries.

Allen, who was previously housed at a penal institution, was moved to a mental institution following results from a psychiatric evaluation previously ordered.


"Miss Allen, you taking the medication?" Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked the complainant, to which she responded with a nod.

"Mi go over to the church to tell them that I'm sorry," said a remorseful Allen.

The court heard that the accused has three sons and one of them is now being cared for by members of the church. Allen stated that she has since been prevented from seeing her child as a result of the incident. She also stated that she had returned to the church recently, begging for forgiveness.

The sitting magistrate beseeched that she be able to see her son.

"No, don't go back down there, but she must be able to see her child!" RM Pusey remarked. "Because is insanity, nuhbody nuh want have nothing fi do with her. Insanity is the kind of thing that yu nuh have control over it, yu nuh,"

Subsequently, Allen had her bail extended for her to return to court on July 24 for a mention hearing.

By the end of the proceeding, an interesting turn of events resulted in one of the male complainants embracing Allen in what appeared to be a genuine act of pardon, declaring "I forgive you, I forgive you!"

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