Fri | Oct 20, 2017

Female hotel guests settle dispute at mediation

Published:Saturday | January 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

Three female guests at a hotel in Montego Bay, who reportedly attacked a fourth guest during a dispute, had their case dismissed on Monday after the parties settled their issues in a mediation session.

Joyce Bell, who is a British national, and her co-defendants Sharie Sutherland and Carlene Sutherland, were charged before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court with assault occasioning actual bodily harm committed against Jackie Wilson.

The court was told that on December 24, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the four women who were all guests at the Montego Bay Club Resort got into an argument on an elevator at the property, following which the three defendants slapped Wilson and pulled out her hair.

In explaining herself, Bell told presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that she reacted in self-defence when Wilson attacked her.

I was coming into the elevator and my baby buggy (stroller) hit her ... . I kept saying sorry, and she held my hand and pushed my buggy to the wall. I was defending my six-month-old baby, said Bell.

The matter was momentarily stood down for the parties to be spoken to by a probation officer. When they came back into court a short while afterwards, it was revealed that their mediation session was successful, and the prosecution, therefore, offered no-evidence.

In the future, you must settle things by talking it through. That is the end of it. You are free to go, RM Hart-Hines told the women.

C.T.