Appearing in Magistrates Court on Monday [Jan 7], Ms Tenora Steede was sentenced to thirty days in jail after she pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully assaulting a Police officer.
Ms Steede, 22, faced three charges of unlawful assault and one charge of possessing an offensive weapon. She pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault and the charge of possession of an offensive weapon. All four alleged incidents arose out a family altercation in January 2013 that ended with Police being called in.
The Court heard that Ms Steede had allegedly attacked a relative with a fireplace poker. After Police had arrived, Ms Steede had assaulted the Police Constable who was dealing with the matter. Ms Steede spoke up and said: “If you attack me, what do you expect me to do? I’m going to defend myself.”
Before passing sentence on the one count to which she had pleaded guilty, Magistrate Archie Warner asked for her previous record to be read out. When the Magistrate referred to a previous conviction and incarceration, Ms Steede shouted out that he was lying about her.
In passing sentence, the Magistrate noted that on a previous Court appearance, Ms Steede had said: “She would do it again.”
The Senior Magistrate sentenced Ms Steede to 30 days, with the sentence commencing immediately. He also set a trial date of 5th March for the other counts and granted bail, after release from sentence, of $2,000 with a requirement for one like surety.