A Christian woman and a farmer appeared in court on Wednesday, after they reportedly injured each other during a fight over a house that was left to both of them by a retired policeman whom they used to care for before he died.
The Christian woman, Prudence Rankine, 45, and farmer Olay Francis, 30, both of Plantation Avenue in Kingston, appeared in court on a charge of unlawful wounding.
The women reportedly injured each on May 30 and 31.
Reports are that Francis attacked Rankine with a knife while she was praying, and stabbed her in her forehead. Francis is also accused of beating Rankine, saying that she was disrespectful
The following day, Francis reportedly went to the premises and told Rankine that the police told her to hit off the padlock and, while Rankine was opening the grille to let in her church sister, Francis reportedly rushed inside the house and used a machete to chop her in the back of the head.
As it related to Francis, she reported that she was home when Rankine came and told her that she had 24 hours to get out of the house, and, during an argument, she hit her on the left side of her head.
A day later, Francis alleged that she was outside the house when Rankine told her that she had no legal rights to the property and could not enter the house and, while she was opening the grille, Rankine pushed her into it and hit her all over her body.
When the matter was mentioned in court, Francis told Judge Pusey that she and the complainant were involved in a dispute because she is trying to fight her out of her share of the house.
“I used to take care of the retired police corporal and I asked Ms Rankine to come and help me out; but after I bury him, Ms Rankine want to overthrow me out of the property that Mr Edwards left me,” Francis told the court.
Francis told the court that she is a law-abiding citizen and is currently trying to enlist in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The judge subsequently extended both their bails and set another mention date for August 3.