Woman fined for cruise ship assault


A woman cruise ship passenger was fined $500 today after she admitted an attack on another woman on board the ship.

Gina Martell, 36, of Kingston, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to assault in Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that victim Alexandra Thornton was at dinner in a restaurant on the cruise ship berthed in Dockyard last night.

Martell began yelling at Ms Thornton outside a restroom at about 9.30pm.

She then pulled the woman to the floor and punched her on the back of the head several times and pulled her hair.

Ms Thornton suffered head pain and bruises to both knees.

She told police that Martell was a complete stranger.

Ship security intervened and contacted police.

Martell was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where she was assessed and discharged.

She was later arrested by police.

Martell told the court that she was sorry for her actions.

She added: “I will never do it again.”

But Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe said that he did not believe Martell had any regret or remorse for the attack before he imposed the fine.

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