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Colombian accused collapses in court


HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Colombian accused collapses in court

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The fourth Colombian, who has been charged with assaulting an Immigration officer, was hustled to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) yesterday after she collapsed in court.

The fainting spell occurred moments after Magistrate Graveney Bannister, who was presiding in the Bridgetown Traffic Court, had ordered that she receive immediate medical attention before she was taken to HMP Dodds.

Maria Teresa Solano Machina, 25, unemployed, of Vielles de Sofia, Real de Minas, Colombia, but who was staying at Maxwell, Christ Church, was not required to plead to assaulting Immigration officer Carlisle Murray on November 13. The Immigration officer allegedly suffered an injury to the back of the head and a bite on his hand.

The woman, with a bandage on her neck, was taken in a police vehicle to the steps of the District “A” Traffic Court and then assisted out and up by a female constable. At one point, she appeared to collapse and was further helped by attorney Dayna Taylor-Lavine.

The accused also had to be helped into the dock and her mother, who is married to a Barbadian, was allowed to sit with her.
It was as she was being assisted out of the dock, after Magistrate Bannister ordered that she receive immediate medical attention before any remand to prison, that she fainted in the arms of her mother. (HLE)

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