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(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – MEMBER of Parliament for St Catherine North Central Natalie Neita is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court next month to answer to an assault charge.
It is reported that on January 8, approximately 11:00 am, Neita — who was acting in the capacity of a consultant in the Human Resource Management Department at Petroleum Company of Jamaica — was involved in a dispute with a former employee at the company’s Spanish Town Road location.
The matter was reported to the Duhaney Park Police Station.
Two days later Neita visited the Duhaney Park Police Station, in the company of her attorney, where she was charged with common assault.
She was given own surety bail in the sum of $30,000 and is booked to appear in court on February 1.
Neita’s attorney, Sean Kinghorn, yesterday alleged that his client was attacked.
Kinghorn, in a release yesterday, said that his client was attacked when the complainant “menacingly and threateningly advanced upon her in a violent fit of rage, referring to her as a bitch and a dutty politician”.
Kinghorn said his client was constrained to defend herself as allowed by law.
“Ms Neita’s legal team refutes any allegation or contention that Ms Neita wronged the complainant and intends to vigorously defend the charge of common assault when the matter comes up before the court,” the release stated.
Meanwhile, Neita sent a message yesterday to the People’s National Party confirming that she was charged.
In the message, Neita stated that she has been serving as a consultant with the company and that she had to fire an employee as a result of a breach.
In addition to that, Neita alleged that she was attacked by the employee supervisor and she responded.