Shanae Marshall was not involved in a dispute between one of her friends and a 16-year-old male student.
However, when she intervened and told Shakem Malik Zaire Neblett that he was wrong to go into a girls’ bathroom and interfere with females, it resulted in her being cuffed beside the head on January 5.
Last Thursday, Neblett, who resides at #47 Waverley Cot, Ellerton, St George, pleaded guilty to the offence of assaulting Marshall. When he returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court today, he was ordered to pay his victim $1,000 compensation by the end of this month, or face a month in prison.
According to the prosecutor, the incident arose at a tertiary level institution which both the accused and the complainant attend.
On the date, another student, Malika King, went to the bathroom with five other females. Ignoring the ‘Females Only’ sign posted outside the door, Neblett and two other male students entered the bathroom.
The females asked them to leave but they refused. Further, Neblett took out his IPhone and placed it in front of King’s face, as if taking a picture of her.
King expressed her displeasure and told him to remove the IPhone but he did not. She then shifted the hand which held the device and it dropped in the process. Neblett then grabbed King’s bag and pushed her; she pushed him back and made her way to her class.
Neblett, meanwhile, took up a garbage can and threw it at her but he missed. When King reached her class, she told Marshall what had happened.
Marshall then shouted to Neblett, who was within sight by then, that he was wrong to do what he did and he should be ejected from the course. Neblett got up, walked over to Marshall and cuffed her thrice to the right side of her head, below her right ear.
The matter was reported to police and Neblett turned himself in voluntarily on January 28.