Sunday 5 July, 2020

Woman found with missing female teen at house, begs for mercy in court

A woman who was charged with harbouring a minor could not contain her emotions when she appeared before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court recently.

The accused woman, Sheryl Johnson, broke down in tears when the allegations against her were read out in court.

Johnson was arrested by cops from the Kingston West Police Division after a female child under the age of 16 was allegedly found hiding out in her home.

The child's mother had reported her missing and an Ananda Alert was issued by the police. 

Investigations led the police to Johnson's home and she was arrested after the child was found there.

Johnson was adamant that she committed no crime and broke down in tears as she begged to tell her side of the story.

"I left my home and when I came back I saw this there with her things. I asked her how old she was and she told me 16. I told her she could not stay there. I never harbour her your honour,” said the woman.

The woman said a short time after she saw the child in her house “the Denham Town police come and lock me up for something I didn't do. I am not guilty because she wasn't staying with me," a sobbing Johnson told the court.

Johnson had her bail extended and was ordered to return to court on July 7 when her case will again come up for mention.


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