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Woman accused of pouring gas on neighbour
Gasparillo widow Gemma Bisnath, who is accused of throwing gasoline on her neighbour during an argument, was granted $50,000 bail yesterday. Before fixing bail, San Fernando Senior Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes asked if she was expected to feel sorry for female accused “who cry me a river.” Ramoo-Haynes faced criticism about a week ago for refusing to grant bail to Michelle Cudjoe who had appealed a seven-month sentence imposed on her for robbing a woman of her handbag. Cudjoe said she stole the bag to buy food for her three hungry children. Bisnath, 45, a sanitation worker, appeared before Ramoo-Haynes yesterday charged with throwing gasoline on Krishna Bertie to cause grievous bodily harm.
The incident is alleged to have taken place on Saturday at Harmony Hall, Gasparillo. Her attorney Subhas Panday asked for bail, saying the victim suffered no physical injury. Ramoo-Haynes said: “Here at the San Fernando court, when you say things like that is it supposed to pull at my heartstrings? “When women appear in court and have these sad stories and history then I am supposed to grant bail. When they come and cry me a river I am supposed to accept that. “Is it supposed to affect the penalties I hand out?” Court prosecutor Sgt Russell Ramoutar said Bisnath had a pending matter.
Asked what the matter was, Bisnath said it was a private one. The prosecutor said he had no objection to bail once she stayed away from Bertie. In answer to the magistrate, Panday said Bisnath was not related to the victim. He said the incident stemmed from an argument over a piece of NHA land behind Bisnath’s house. Ramoo-Haynes granted Bisnath bail with her mother as surety. She also was ordered to report to the Gasparillo Police Station once a week. The matter was adjourned to March 5.
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