Siblings given community service for neighbourhood brawl


A war of words and a damaged fence has led to neighbours at Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), being slapped with multiple charges.

In evidence, brought before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Monday, it was stated that on May 24, 2016, siblings Rushell Abrams and Marcel Abrams, of  Lot 68 Sisters Village, both verbally abused their neighbour, Padmini Fernandes, who was the Virtual Complainant (VC).

Marcel Abrams, 34, was also charged for damaging the fence of the VC to the tune of $4,000. The court also heard that Fernandes had verbally abused the sisters.
In her explanation, Marcel said that on the day of the argument, the VC allegedly told her that she would “never get a husband” after which a slew of expletives was traded. The defendant admitted that she later retorted: “I rebuke you! I rebuke you!” while rocking the VC’s fence, thus causing the damage.
After hearing the statements, Magistrate Nurse encouraged the neighbours to live in peace, but ordered that the Abrams siblings serve community service as a consequence. Marcel Abrams will serve 30 hours of community service cleaning the windows of the Wales Court and Wales Police Station, effective July 25 to August 5. The Magistrate ruled that her sister, Rushell Abrams, will serve 20 hours cleaning the windows.
Magistrate Nurse warned that failure to abide by the court’s ruling will cause the Sisters Village siblings to spend two weeks and one week respectively, in the New Amsterdam Prison. The two women were also placed on a one-year bond to keep the peace and maintain good behaviour. Fernandes, the VC, was also placed on a bond, pending the outcome of the entire matter.


  1. Congrats Magistrate Clive Nurse, I have been a backer of this kind of punishment for a long time. I do hope others will follow. In doing so it will give otherwise good citizens a chance to reflect on their behavior and in the process realize their folly. By going this way we will be helping our country and not filling the prisons with innocent lives ruining families and costing tax payers.


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