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Tenant admits throwing water on landlord in dispute over leak

A mother of four was given a conditional discharge in Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to throwing water at her landlord last year.

Carrington Mahoney, for the Crown, told the court that 34-year-old Tashana Russell, from Pembroke, had complained to her landlord, Carmon Cyrus, about a roof leak at her Union Street residence after heavy rain.

Mr Mahoney said once the leak was fixed, Mr Cyrus approached Russell regarding her rent payment on more than one occasion. On the final occasion, she threw water at him when he came to her apartment on August 25, 2021.

Mr Mahoney requested that Russell be given a conditional discharge for the assault. Archie Warner, representing Russell, asked for an absolute discharge.

Mr Warner told the court that his client took a “minor action” against Mr Cyrus and that she was not even aware that water landed on him during the incident.

The court heard that Mr Cyrus had overcharged Russell since she moved to the residence in early 2021, which resulted in “bad blood” between her and Mr Cyrus.

Mr Warner submitted that the leak in question had not been fixed before the assault and said it was for those reasons that he requested an absolute discharge be given to his client.

Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson sentenced Russell to a six-month conditional discharge for the assault and told her that if she stayed out of trouble during that time, her criminal record would be wiped clean of this incident.

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