The court protocols placed at the entrance of the Magistrate's Court, John's Hole.
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Verdella Stapleton, who was facing a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was spared by the Magistrate’s Court. The court placed her on a bond to keep the peace for two years, rather than imposing a fine or imprisonment.
Stapleton made an appearance at the Magistrate’s Court earlier today, February 6th, where the order was made by Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste Dabreo.
The charges stem from an incident where she allegedly assaulted her mother on January 31, 2015.
Prior the court’s decision, Magistrate Dabreo noted that the her decision is based on the difficulties Stapleton has faced in the past, in addition to the progress she has made and continues to make.
“This is an opportunity for you to prove to the court progress not regress.”
The court further noted that Stapleton has successfully participated in counselling sessions and any other sentence would put her in a place where the court doesn’t want her.
The bond to keep the peace is valued at $10,000.
She is scheduled to make another appearance on February 27 to sign off on the document.