Woman’s wounding sentence suspended

Victim intercedes for offender

Meisha Gordon received a suspended sentence last week after the woman she stabbed said she did not want Gordon to go to prison.

Gordon, 21, pleaded guilty to pleading to unlawful wounding after an incident at the Meringue Town Bar on Sunday, 11 May 2008.

Crown Counsel Nicole Petit said 911 received a report of a stabbing around 10.50pm at the bar compound. Officers attended and found Terry-Ann Minzett-Brown bleeding from two stab wounds to her back. She was taken to hospital.

Investigations showed that the victim was in the bar, sitting at a table with a friend when Gordon approached. An argument ensued and carried on outside. It was alleged that Minzett-Brown hit Gordon in the chest and then there was a fight.

When the two women were parted, Minzett-Brown had blood running down her back. An eye witness reported seeing Gordon with a silver-looking blade knife which she dropped. He observed that she picked it up and put it in her pocket.

No one else was involved in the fight, Ms. Petit said.

Gordon initially denied having a knife or stabbing Minzett-Brown. An identification parade was held and Gordon was identified by the witness as the person he saw with a knife.

Defence Attorney Nicholas Dixey said Gordon had surrendered to police the night of the incident, although she had not been totally candid with them at first. Since then she has reconciled with the complainant/victim, who is a prison officer.

‘She made it clear she would not wish to see Meisha Gordon sent to prison. She understands what the defendant might expect to go through if sent to prison,’ Mr. Dixey said.

He referred to the incident itself as an explosive situation involving a third party. ‘There was no premeditation. It happened in the heat of the moment.’

He told the court Gordon accepted that she went ‘over the top’ in retaliating after she was hit in the chest. By her guilty plea she accepted her responsibility.

There was never any suggestion that the victim’s life was in danger. In fact she has made a full recovery, the attorney reported.

On a strict curfew for more than a year, Gordon had virtually been a prisoner in her home in the evenings, Mr. Dixey said. He referred to a pre-sentence report setting out Gordon’s sad background. He urged the court to consider community service.

Justice Charles Quin referred to the report in passing sentence. He said Gordon had a difficult upbringing but a good work record. She had shown remorse, her apology had been accepted and the victim did not want to see her in prison.

He referred to the recent case of Darla Ebanks, who received two years for wounding with intent. He said that case involved a trial and serious injuries.

In Gordon’s case, he accepted there was a certain degree of good fortune that the injuries were not serious.

‘Knife attacks are to be deplored, so I must impose a 12-month prison sentence,’ the judge told Gordon, ‘but I’m going to suspend it for 12 months.’

That means, he explained, if she commits another offence within 12 months she will go to prison for this offence.