Four women who are accused of dosing acid on their friend were today charged with attempt to commit murder.

Jennifer Validen, 28, of Albouystown, Georgetown; Alana Holder, 28, of North East La Penitence, Georgetown; Gailann Marks, 21, of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown; and Latifah DeCosta, 26, of Great Diamond, EBD; were arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus read the charge to them.

It is alleged that on January 21, at Princess street, Georgetown, they caused grevious bodily harm to Renesha Maxwell with intent to murder her.

The police reported that the incident occurred about 20:40hrs at the corner or Norton and John Streets, Georgetown.

According to a report from police headquarters, Maxwell, 24 , of West Ruimveldt Georgetown took a taxi from Leopold Street when she observed a car following her. She told the driver to stop and when he did, she saw four females exiting the trailing car and approached her. One of the women then threw a liquid substance on her and she immediately felt a burning sensation about her body.

She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was seen, treated and admitted with burns to her back and left hand.

The Police Prosecutor told the court that Maxwell is currently hospitalized after the severe burns. The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds of the substance used and the severe injuries obtained. Further, the court heard that the women are friends who had a disagreement.

However, Attorney Dexter Todd, who represented Holder and Marks, said that while the matter is of a serious nature, the court should take into consideration the fact that the women surrendered themselves for investigations and have willingly come before the court. He asked for reasonable bail.

The Magistrate however did not grant bail and the matter was adjourned until February 25.


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