Principal's admitted attacker gets bail

by: Lededra Marche, News Editor

Latoya Denise Williams, the woman who was sentenced to a year in prison for assaulting a high school principal, was granted bail yesterday pending an appeal.

The 34-year-old woman appeared in Magistrates Court with Attorney Simone Brown, of Shurland & Co, for a bail hearing.

She had admitted on September 19 to causing harm to Jack Hayward High School Principal Yvonne Ward, disorderly behavior and causing damage when she visited the campus two days earlier.

Williams had gotten into a verbal and physical altercation during school hours with Principal Ward over a discrepancy over the grade point average on her 18-year-old daughterâ s transcript.

The mother of two was sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting the principal and another six months after she was unable to come up with the $884 fine which the court ordered she pay in retribution to principal Ward.

Noted Attorney Carlson Shurland filed an appeal on her behalf after he was approached by family and friends to review her file.

He is of the view that the sentence was too harsh.

The application is expected to be heard before Senior Justice Hartman Longley on November 21, however, during the bail hearing yesterday, Attorney Brown pointed out that Williamsâ appeal is not likely to be heard before her sentence is expired.

Additionally, she argued that Williamsâ application was likely to succeed on appeal.

Attorney Brown told the magistrate that the aggravating feature was that while the altercation at the school is not being condoned, Williams has already shown remorse and pleaded guilty.

The magistrate, who has authority under the Bail Act to grant bail pending appeal, awarded bail in the amount of $5,000.

In the interim, Williams' lawyers intend to file a Constitutional Motion on her behalf, on the grounds that the sentence was in contravention of her rights, inhuman and grossly disproportionate.

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