Sonya Renee Marshall had to pay a pretty penny after she admitted to destroying flowers she had given to a former friend.
The 50-year-old who lives at #61 Topaz Avenue, Eden Park South, Christ Church pleaded guilty before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale to destroying 30 plants belonging to Nolita Hogan on November 5.
According to the facts presented in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court by police prosecutor Sergeant Carrison Henry, the two women were once friends but the relationship ended when Hogan spoke to Marshall about stealing sand from her property.
On the mentioned date, according to Henry, Marshall’s son was playing a game of cricket in the road with another boy from the community when the ball went into Hogan’s yard. She kept it.
Marshall “got angry and took out her frustration on the plants . . . which she had given to the complainant as a gift . . . destroying them. She pulled the plants from Hogan’s garden and scattered them in the driveway,” Henry revealed.
Addressing Magistrate Seale, Marshall, who is known to the courts, admitted her past infractions, but added: “I have been a very good girl since those things [previous offences] happened and trying to get my life in order. I am very sorry. I am willing to apologize.”
However, the magistrate responded: “You have got to learn that when you give people things you can’t take it back.”
He then ordered Marshall to pay the court $250 forthwith or spend one month in prison, as well as compensate Hogan $150 for the flowers.
That fine also had to be paid before Marshall left the court, or she would have spent one month in jail.
“Behave yourself and keep out of trouble,” Seale warned Marshall as she left the dock.