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Jaha Mallory pleads guilty to Christmas Eve stabbing

Supreme Court (File photograph)

A 38-year-old man admitted that he stabbed a man outside a bar in an incident on Christmas Eve.

Jaha Mallory, from Southampton, pleaded guilty yesterday to a single count of wounding Tio Smith with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on December 24, 2019.

The plea came just before his trial was scheduled to begin in the Supreme Court yesterday morning.

Puisne Judge Shade Subair Williams remanded Mallory into custody and ordered that a drug assessment be carried out before his sentencing.

Mallory is expected to return to the courts on July 1 for the matter to be mentioned.

The stabbing took place outside Place’s Place on Dundonald Street in Hamilton with the victim reportedly suffering a wound to his chest.

Last October, Mallory admitted possessing crack cocaine in an increased penalty zone — EF Gordon Square — in an incident on January 13 last year.

At that time, prosecutors told Magistrates’ Court that Mallory had a history of alcohol and drug abuse, and other criminal offences.

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