The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

AKingston man now faces the per­ils of pri­son af­ter he al­legedly stabbed a woman who re­ported him to his mother. Matthew Smith, 18, was slapped with a charge of wound­ing with in­tent af­ter he al­legedly stabbed a woman seven times be­cause she told his mother that he pur­posely bumped into her.

When he ap­peared in the Kingston and St An­drew Par­ish Court yes­ter­day, his lawyer, Sta­cyAnn Knight, told the court that Smith suf­fers from post-trau­matic stress disor­der and is in need of an eval­u­a­tion.

Judge Ch­ester Crooks ad­vised that the de­fen­dant be trans­ferred to the Tower Street psy­chi­atric wing to de­ter­mine whether he is fit to en­ter a plea.

Al­le­ga­tions are that on Au­gust 24, about 4:40 p.m., the com­plainant was walk­ing to­wards her house when she saw the ac­cused. It was re­ported that the ac­cused then pur­posely bumped into her. She ad­dressed Smith’s mother about what hap­pened, how­ever, he de­nied it.


It was re­ported that Smith con­fronted the com­plainant about the mat­ter and an ar­gu­ment de­vel­oped be­tween the two. A knife was drawn by Smith and the com­plainant ran. He re­port­edly chased her and stabbed her seven times in her up­per body, and she fell on her hands and knees. Smith re­port­edly then kicked her sev­eral times in her face, caus­ing the com­plainant to fall on her back.

Crooks also asked that the com­plainant get coun­selling as it was clear she was dis­traught by the in­ci­dent that took place.

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