'Machete mom' in St Thomas court for cruelty to a child
The hearing of the case involving the St Thomas mother charged with cruelty to a child is being heard in camera at Morant Bay Parish Court.
The 44-year-old woman turned up at court this morning with her teen daughter who she was seen on video last year using a machete to slap repeatedly.
The video which went viral triggered national outrage.
The woman briefly appeared before judge Luciana Jackson for sentencing this morning and told the court that she was awaiting the arrival of her attorney Bertram Anderson.
The matter was then adjourned, but soon after, the electrical power went and a recess was ordered.
The lawyer has since arrived and the matter reconvened despite the lack of electricity in the poorly lit, hot courtroom.
"Come here, mi baby," was how the mother greeted her teenage daughter when she arrived court.
They embraced each other as they spoke and laughed for a few minutes in the presence of supporters and friends.
One man who indicated that he and the woman are first cousins, said he is expecting a good outcome, describing her as a "wonderful person".
"She's a nice person. It (the machete beating) was a mistake and it's unfortunate that it happened but she really means well," he said.
– Shanna Monteith