Name-calling results in brawl : Court levies $800 fine for beauty salon fight

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By Monique Washington 

Glenicia Maynard, a 29-year-old Jessup’s Village resident was fined $800 in Magistrate’s Court after pleading guilty and convicted of instigating a fight with another female in a hair salon in Charleston, Nevis.

On February 5, Maynard was charged with beating Mariska James a Cayon Village, St. Kitts resident in Natalie’s Beauty Salon in Charlestown. Maynard appeared before Magistrate Yasmine Clarke in Magistrate Court on Tuesday (June 14) and pled guilty to the charge.

According to the facts presented in court by Police Prosecutor, Acting Inspector Eurita Collins-Percival, the chain of events leading to the incident began in the afternoon on February 5 when James, came from St. Kitts to Nevis on the afternoon ferry. James reportedly came to Nevis to go to a 7 p.m. hair-dressing appointment.

After Maynard entered the beauty salon, she accused James of lying about her to her boyfriend. She confronted James, and James said it was not true.

Maynard claimed that her boyfriend began calling her names because of what James told him.

In response, Maynard pushed James and the two women began to fight. Maynard allegedly pulled James’ hair, pushed her to the ground and punched her in the face. The beauty parlor owner subsequently broke up the fight and asked both young women to leave the premises.

A day later, on February 6, Police Constable Royston Isaac approached Maynard and questioned her about the fight. In response, Maynard said “she needs to stop calling people names.” Constable Isaac took Maynard into custody and charged her with the beating.

The fight in the beauty shop between Maynard and James was recorded on video. The video became popular and was viewed on social media for several weeks.

After hearing the facts presented by the Police Prosecutor, Magistrate Clarke questioned Maynard, asking why she beat up James. In response, Maynard said it was, “because she told a lie about me.”

“You have never appeared before the court, and because somebody called your name, now you have a criminal conviction,” Magistrate Clarke told Maynard. “You can’t go around beating up people because they say something about you.”

Maynard was convicted and fined $800. She has three months to pay the fine or face one month in Her Majesty’s Prison in St. Kitts.

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