A Colombian woman, charged with assaulting an immigration officer, fainted during a court appearance at the District ‘A’ Traffic Court on Saturday.
Maria Teresa Solano Marchena, 25, fainted close to the end of the hearing and had to be removed from the building in a stretcher. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.
Marchena appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister, however, during her entry up the steps, she was grimacing in pain and had to be assisted by her attorneys Michael Lashley, QC, and Danya Taylor-Lavine.
Marchena appeared in court today charged with assaulting immigration officer Carlisle Murray on November 13. Her lawyers said she was injured during the incident on November 13.
The accused was not required to enter a plea to the charge as it is alleged to have occurred in the District ‘C’ jurisdiction.
Three other Colombian women and a Guyanese woman yesterday pleased guilty to the charge and were handed over to immigration for deportation.
Magistrate Bannister denied Marchena bail and deemed her a flight risk.
The court heard that Marchena never applied for an extension after she entered Barbados on April 12, 2017 and was given a three-month stay until July 12, 2017.
Having suffered injuries to her neck and her left side, magistrate Bannister granted a request from Lashley that Marchena receive immediate medical attention at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Bannister said after release from hospital, Marchena is to be remanded to custody.
The case will be transferred to the District ‘C’ St Matthias Court to be heard on Tuesday November 20.