A security guard who pleaded guilty to WhatsApping death threats to a resident of the apartment complex where she was stationed was fined $100,000 when she appeared in Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday .
Following an altercation, Samantha Edwards-Smith sent a resident of the apartment complex where she was stationed a series of WhatsApp messages that read, “You’re going to die soon… your time has come” and “We’re going to teach you a lesson.”
Edwards Smith pleaded guilty to charges of malicious communications on October 25.
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Before the verdict was announced, Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague Edwards-Smith asked if she had anything to say. Edwards-Smith apologized to the complainant.
“I’m very sorry. I’m not a troublemaker. I’ve been doing safety work for years. I apologize that ignorance has led me to where I am now and I’m really sorry for what I did. I have regrets everything I said,” said Edwards-Smith.
The judge turned to the applicant and asked if she had anything to say. The complainant said she was “interested in finding out who ‘we’ are”, referring to the message sent by Edwards-Smith.
The judge agreed and Edwards-Smith said she only got the news out of “ignorance” and that she had no friends. “It’s just my son and my husband.”
At the sentencing hearing, Cole-Montague told the defendant that the crime she was charged with could result in a fine or imprisonment.
However, the judge told her that she would show leniency given her early guilty plea.
Edwards-Smith was subsequently sentenced to a $100,000 fine or six months in prison.