Two St Philip neighbours who fought in a minivan yesterday were chastised for their behaviour and ordered to pay $250 each in costs by a Bridgetown magistrate today.
Latoya Cherita Crystal Padmore, of Lot 14 Ruby Park and Jamal Raphael Barrow of #403 Guava Road, Ruby Park, both admitted fighting in vehicle B185 while it was at Nursery Drive, The City.
The alternative to paying cost was two months in prison. Both 26-year-olds paid up and Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant did not record a conviction against the first-time offenders.
According to the evidence, police who were patrolling the area on Monday, were in time to see a large crowd leaving a minibus, which plies the Bayfield route.
By the time they reached the vehicle, Padmore and Barrow – who had apparently been fighting – disembarked when they saw the lawmen.
The two were arrested on suspicion of making a disturbance.
Barrow told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he was helping his girlfriend out of the vehicle when Barrow ‘brush’ him as she was entering.
He questioned why she ‘brush’ him and Padmore grabbed his shirt and began hitting him. He explained that he has scratches from the co-accused.
Padmore recalled Barrow ‘brushing’ her as she was seated in the minibus and when she questioned him, he began cuffing her in the head.
The magistrate remarked that their behaviour was “foolish” and “uncalled for” since anybody catching a minibus should expect to be touched.
Both apologised to the court for their actions.