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Pregnant woman jailed for six months

A pregnant woman was on Wednesday sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after she tried to run over a teenager with her car.

Tiffany Melissa Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a dangerous instrument and causing harm in relation to the July 20 incident.

Prosecuting Sergeant Kendrick Bauld said the 17-year-old boy was walking on Butler Avenue in Nassau Village around 3:45 p.m. on July 20, when Johnson tried to knock him down.

The child jumped out of the way and Johnson veered her car, causing minor injuries, Bauld said.

Johnson didn’t have a lawyer when she appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.

She claimed that the boy threw a rock at her car, breaking her glass.

Johnson admitted turning around and accelerating toward the teen.

According to her, the boy held a grudge against her after she ended a friendship with his sister.

But Johnson claimed that they’ve since made amends. Despite this, the brother allegedly has continued to bother her by calling her names and, in one instance, throwing water on her.

Johnson said police had failed to act on her complaints against the boy, leading her to assume that they “had connections”.

Bauld said that police investigated Johnson’s claim that the victim broke her windshield with a rock, but it was “unfounded”.

Johnson told the court that she was expecting and currently unemployed.

Vogt-Evans accepted Johnson’s plea and sentenced her to six months.

Johnson protested, “I can’t even get bail? I due in December though.”

But the magistrate said the court could not “tolerate any form of vigilante justice”.

She added, “There’s no law that tells me I cannot punish, or sentence someone, because they are pregnant.”

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