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Mediation ordered for woman accused of stabbing

Published:Saturday | January 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:A St James woman, who allegedly attacked another woman with a pair of scissors during a quarrel over the attacker's babyfather, has been ordered to attend mediation sessions with the complainant before her case returns to court on January 30.

Samara Shaw, of a Montego Bay address, is charged with unlawful wounding committed against Natalie Thorpe. Her bail was extended when she appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's (RM) Court on Tuesday.

Shaw had previously told the court that sometime in November 2014, she went to visit her baby-father's workplace and saw Thorpe there. An argument developed, which soon escalated into a fight. During the altercation, she took out the scissors as a means of defending herself.

However, Thorpe had told the court that she was on her cell-phone at the time of the incident and that Shaw had attacked her unprovoked.

On Tuesday, clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that Thorpe was seeking compensation for her injuries.

"She (Thorpe) is saying that she wants compensation, based on the injuries she got and the medical expense," said Malcolm.

Both the accused woman and the complainant subsequently agreed to attend mediation sessions to settle their differences.

"She (Thorpe) says she wants to go to mediation. Would you be willing to try that?" RM Tie asked Shaw.

"Yes, Your Honour," Shaw answered.

"You are both to return to court on January 30; no matter what happens (at mediation), you are to come back here," RM Tie instructed both women, before extending Shaw's bail.

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