A man and his stepdaughter were brought before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday after two policewomen were wounded during a physical altercation they had. The fight initially sparked at their Corporate Area home, where stepfather Keni Thompson allegedly struck his stepdaughter Shantae Myers in the back with a piece of board.
Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque heard that Myers went to file a report about being assaulted, but Thompson also arrived at the police station shortly after. That was when the dispute continued, escalating into a fight, and two female district constables intervened.
In addition to the policewomen being bruised during the fight, the officers’ chests were swollen and sore.
Speaking about the altercation in court, Myers told the judge, “He started slut-shaming me about a piercing I have in my mouth.”
Judge Cole-Montaque denounced the actions of the stepfather and stepdaughter. “I think it’s terrible that this spilled over to the police station. It shows a complete lack of restraint,” Judge Cole-Montaque told them, according to the Jamaica Star.
Thompson and Myers pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Thompson also pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property for breaking Myers’ iPhone. With the completion of his first payment of $10,000 in court, Thompson consented to pay Myers $40,000 for the phone.
In addition, Thompson faced two charges of assaulting a constable; however, he refuted the accusations. In that case, a trial is anticipated. Thompson and Myers should appear in court for sentencing on February 29, 2024.