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Netballers to return to court August 27


Netballers to return to court August 27

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THREE OF THE FOUR NETBALLERS who were involved in a brawl over the weekend, pleaded guilty to unlawful violence today when they appeared in District A Criminal Court 1 before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

Melissa Dana Howell, 22; Shakela Latoya Greaves, 20 and 23-year-old Ashelle Jalisa Bryan all pleaded guilty to using unlawful violence towards Nisha Craigwell.

Shanice Ayana Aisha Bynoe, 20, pleaded not guilty, while Howell also pleaded not guilty to another charge of assaulting Shamika Sealy last Saturday night at the Netball Stadium.

All four were released on bail with one surety each and are scheduled to return to court on August 27.

Meanwhile, the two teams involved were also suspended by the Barbados Netball Association (BNA).

Craigwell, the BNA president, said both Structural Systems Silver Raiders and Checker Hall were suspended until the relevant reports had been received from umpires and court officials. The matter would then go before the Disciplinary Committee of the BNA.

“What occurred was something that we would never expect to see in netball or any other sport in Barbados…We always have police security at netball but that incident was not only painfull, but that was something we couldn’t have planned for. One would not expect that in 2015 at an all-female sport that you would have to engage security to monitor or control teams on a court. That is not even something which is done internationally,” Craigwell told the DAILY NATION.

“When we engage security we do so to offer comfort and security for the spectators from any undesirables. What happened was totally ridiculous and was not something that could have been foreseen or planned for. What we would hope that it never happens again.”

The fight broke out during a Division 7 game between players from both teams and escalated when spectators became involved. Police were called in to calm the situation and cleared the venue. (CC/KB)