A St Michael woman, who failed to attend court for the last three years, was forced to part with $300 today.
Sherry Ann Samantha Stuart, of Tudor Land, Back Ivy, was also ordered to spend a few hours in the holding cells at Central Police Station after she allegedly displayed inappropriate conduct in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
Stuart was previously charged with causing serious bodily harm to Natasha Forde on March 14, 2010 with intent to main disfigure, or disable her. She was placed on $5,000 bail but had not attended court since October 19, 2014.
“I thought [the case] was thrown off. The last time I came . . . I don’t know I just get mixed up,” was the explanation Stuart gave to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant for not attending court for the past three years.
The accused woman also said she had not been visited by any court officers; therefore she thought her case had been dismissed.
However, Cuffy-Sargeant deemed the excuse to be unacceptable telling the accused woman the onus was on her to ensure she was in court on the appointed days. She therefore ordered that Stuart to pay the forthwith fine or “go up to St Philip”.
The magistrate then instructed the accused woman to sit on a side bench to contemplate what she wanted to do.
However, Stuart demanded to know from the magistrate “why you getting on so?” as she walked out of the docks about 11:33 a.m. It was at that point that the magistrate ordered that she be confined to the holding cell for a few hours.
When the accused woman returned about 1:30p.m. the magistrate chided her for her behaviour.
“When you come to court, conduct yourself like a young lady . . . . This is a court where certain standards are set and are upheld. When you come to court, dress appropriately. This is not a fashion parade,” Cuffy-Sargeant advised.
She also informed Stuart that a warrant had be issued for her arrest back in December 2017 but no further reprimand was given.