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Woman bites housemate, judge order mediation

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


The Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court has ordered two women, one of whom is accused of biting the other some 20 times during a scuffle, to attend mediation sessions in preparation for the case's next mention on May 14.

Decalia Gordon is charged with unlawful wounding committed against Kimesha Kerr. Gordon pleaded guilty with explanation and was subsequently instructed to seek a lawyer to represent her when the case returns to court.

The court was told that Gordon and Kerr got into an altercation at a house they share. During the fight, Gordon bit Kerr approximately 20 times over her body.

In her explanation to Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines, Gordon said Kerr

confronted her, following which she acted in self-defence.

"I rented a house, and I have been friends with her (Kerr) for over three years. It was self-defence because she came at my room doorway and she was up in my face. She started it," said Gordon.

"I will record a not-guilty plea today and allow you time to get a lawyer," Hart-Hines replied.

The magistrate then instructed the two women to attend mediation sessions with a view to resolving their conflict.

"Discuss the matter and then you come back to court on May 14 and tell the judge what you agree to. If it is not resolved, a trial date can be set," said Hart-Hines.