A 19-year-old woman from Cane Garden Bay has been fined in the Magistrate’s Court for her involvement in a physical fight with another female during last year’s emancipation celebrations.
Kimoya Lanns, a hotel employee, pleaded guilty to common assault when she appeared before Magistrate Giselle Jackman-Lumy this week.
Magistrate Jackman-Lumy ordered her to pay a $550 fine by Friday, November 23, or serve two months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
During her court appearance, the young woman apologized for her behaviour, which the court heard was in relation to a man.
“When I saw her, my mind went blank. It was an act of anger. It will never happen again,” Lanns said, adding that she is working on managing her anger.
In response, the magistrate told her that her actions could have resulted in the female becoming seriously injured.
“Would it have been worth it to go to prison?” Magistrate Jackman-Lumy asked. “Think before you act. This type of behaviour is not becoming at all,” the magistrate said before handing down the sentence.
Lann’s early guilty plea, her remorse and the fact that she had no previous convictions were all taken into consideration, Magistrate Jackman-Lumy said.
What the court heard happened
Around 3 am on August 2 last year, Lanns got into an altercation with another female while at the festival village in Road Town.
The court heard that the accused woman battered the other woman on her neck and back.
The police eventually ended the fight and both women were taken into custody.
The court heard that the fight started when the complainant (the victim) pulled her male cousin away while he was dancing with two other women, one of whom included the accused.
The fight subsequently ensued.
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