Jamaica Crime News, St James: Despite pleas from her attorney, one of two St. James women who have been charged in connection with the brazen attack on well-known Montego Bay journalist Alan Lewin has been denied bail.
The woman, Fayola McKessy, who is charged alongside Shannakay Robinson, appeared before the St. James Parish Court on Wednesday.
In his bail application, McKessy’s lawyer Henry McCurdy urged presiding judge Kaysha Grant to grant his client bail but the judge was not inclined to do so.
McCurdy at that point disclosed that his client was interested in mediation and sought to have the matter dealt with through that forum, but Lewin told the court that he was not interested.
The judge, in response to the attorney’s request for bail, pointed out that McKessy did not make herself available to the police.
“She knew of the incident and never made herself available when the police were looking for her, and when she was found, she was found hiding in a closet,” Grant said to the attorney.
But McCurdy told the judge that she was fearful as she never knew who was at the door and as soon as she found out that it was the police, she identified herself.
The judge was not moved and remanded McKessy in police custody until May 3. Robinson, who is represented by attorney-at-law Chumu Paris, had her bail extended until that date.
Lewin was stabbed several times at various parts of his body in the vicinity of the St. James Parish Court.
It is alleged that on June 1, 2018, about 9:15 a.m., Robinson, McKessy and another woman were standing on the steps leading to the courthouse when an argument developed.
One of the females had reportedly made certain allegations against Lewin who denied it.
Lewin was apparently lured to the scene and upon his arrival, one of the women allegedly used a knife to stab him to several parts of his body.
He ran and fell in the process and the other two women joined in and started to rain blows on him.
He collapsed and fell and called for assistance. Persons intervened and took him to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was transported to the Falmouth Hospital and hospitalized for six days.
The police are still in search of the third woman.