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No bail!

Maria Bradshaw,

Added 22 February 2011


A WOMAN who allegedly launched a post-Valentine’s Day attack on politician Rawle Eastmond was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds, when she appeared in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Haniyfa Reza White, a 32-year-old sales associate, of Sion Hill, St James, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Ian Weekes to charges that on February 15, she unlawfully entered in a wanton or insulting or threatening manner on Eastmond’s premises at Upper Carlton, St James, and that she unlawfully assaulted him. Prosecutor Keith Belle, who objected to bail, told the magistrate that White was already on bail on a serious charge and that part of the conditions was that she stay away from the Member of Parliament’s premises and also his family. “These charges occurred on the compound of Mr Eastmond’s residence, so the accused has violated part of the conditions of bail,” he stated. White’s attorney-at-law, Lesley Cargill, countered that the charges were only allegations. Cargill said her client had a clean record until 2007 when a serious charge was brought against her, and that her client had kept out of trouble until last December when a charge was brought against her for using threatening words against Eastmond’s wife. The lawyer added that the circumstances surrounding her present predicament were all connected. “She stuck to the bail conditions. She has brought in a medical report to the police to have the virtual complainant in this matter also prosecuted,” Cargill submitted. She said White had been involved in a relationship with Eastmond. Magistrate Weekes, noting the two charges were serious, reminded White that he had specifically given her “strict instructions” in December not to go on Eastmond’s property. But Cargill informed the court that White was living at Eastmond’s house and she was in his vehicle when the incident occurred.  “Unfortunately, for your client,” the magistrate said, “I am not considering her liberation today. These matters were so serious from the last occasion, she should be nowhere down there to get her name called.” White, sitting in the prisoner’s dock, asked the court’s permission to say something. “I did not go on Mr Eastmond’s property to meet him. I was sitting in his car.” Before she could proceed further, the prosecutor told the court that White was giving evidence. Magistrate Weekes instructed White, who is also on bail on a charge of murdering Julene Bryan on May 15, 2007, not to say anything more. “I will not exercise any discretion in her favour today,” Weekes said. “She is remanded in custody until next Friday. Miss White has to learn to heed good advice.”


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