Women fighting over how to talk to a 2-year-old Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Chanique Robinson and Stephanie VargasA dispute over how to talk to a child between two women got really ugly and on Tuesday, May 14th the women were charged with criminal offenses after the fight got out of control.

On Monday, May 13th, 2013, at about 7:30 p.m., 36-year-old Stefanie Vargas and 28-year-old Chanique Robinson were engaged in a fight that resulted in both women causing harm to each other.

The two women appeared before the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to separate charges after they both made a report against each other.

The first to be arraigned in court was Robinson, who appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano in Court #4 where she was read a single charge of wounding upon Stephanie Vargas.

Vargas on the other hand was charged with harm and common-assault upon Robinson.

Both women initially pleaded guilty to separate offenses. In the case of Robinson, she initially pleaded guilty to wounding Vargas while Vargas pleaded guilty to causing a harm to Robinson but not guilty to committing the offense of common assault.

In providing an explanation to the court for their guilty plea, Robinson, the first to speak, told the court that she was only talking to her 2-year-old daughter that day, when Vargas intervened in her conversation with the child.

Vargas in her explanation to the court said she “nuh like when people talk to pikni like that," so she told Robinson who got upset and she (Robinson) then went looking for her boyfriend who came looking for Vargas and all three got into an argument.

Vargas further explained to the court that during the argument, Robinson picked up a piece of stick and began to beat her with it. Vargas fought back and that’s when she fell to the ground. She later got up and left the area.

According to Vargas, while she was leaving the area, Robinsonpicked up a bottle and threw it at her. The bottle missed and it fell to the ground and broke and that’s when she further claims, Robinson picked up the broken bottle and threw it at her once more and this time it caught her causing a wound.

After hearing both explanations, Magistrate Cayetano entered a not guilty plea on behalf of both women and offered them bail. He explained to them that he could not accept their guilty plea given their explanation and so they will go to trial on the matter.

Both women were granted bail in the sum of $1,000 plus a surety of the same amount. They are due back in Court #4 on June 17th.