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Alleged Dowdie attackers forced to live out of town

Published:Friday | March 19, 2021 | 12:15 AM

Three of the five women accused of beating 17-year-old Kaylan Dowdie near death have been ordered to reside outside of the Corporate Area as part of their bail conditions.

Timone Williams, 22, Nadine Aldridge, 33, and Shakeema McLeod, 28, who have been in custody since last November, were offered bail at $850,000 by Parish Judge Feona Feare Gregory in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The accused women, who all reside in Grants Pen, St Andrew, are also to report daily to the nearest police station.

Their two co-accused, 28-year-old Crysian Lewis and 45-year-old Yoland Vassell, were granted bail in January.

The judge had reserved her decision on bail for the three accused following reports that they had been threatening the victim’s family.

But lead attorney Peter Champagnie, QC, who on Thursday revisited the bail application for the accused, told the judge that the evidence did not reveal any direct threats to Dowdie’s relatives, arguing that the claims were hearsay.

The attorney, who is representing Williams, further submitted that the allegations did not reveal that his client had been involved in the attack.

Champagnie said that based on the allegations, his client was involved in a physical altercation with another woman who was attempting to join the fight in which Dowdie was hurt.

The women, who are all charged with wounding with intent and unlawful wounding, are to return to court on June 16.

It was reported that on November 9 last year, Dowdie was attacked by a group of women at a party. It is alleged that she was beaten, kicked, and stabbed in the neck.

Dowdie, who was unconscious and had to be fitted with a pacemaker, was reportedly attacked after being accused of staring at one of the women at the party.

Aldridge is represented by attorney-at-law Samoi Campbell, while Shamar Hanson is the lawyer for McLeod.

Champagnie and Richard Lynch represent Vassell and Lewis, respectively.

tanesha.mundle@gleanerjm.com