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Would-Be Mace Snatcher Admitted to Sandilands

The woman who made a failed attempt to take possession of the Speaker’s Mace during House proceedings last week has been admitted to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and spent the weekend there, according to sources.

Forty-six-year-old Janice Curtis, was admitted Wednesday evening to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Sources from the centre said Curtis was in good spirits when she was admitted and was holding on to her Bible as her papers were being processed.

“She gave us no problems,” the source told the Bahama Journal yesterday.

When the House of Assembly got underway shortly after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Curtis dashed toward Senior Clerk David Forbes as he led House Speaker Dr. Kendal Major into the lower chamber.

As Curtis struggled to gain possession of the Mace, Dr. Major assisted with restraining her.

Eventually, Curtis was removed from the House and taken to a nearby police station.

As cameras zoomed in on her as she was being escorted away by police officers, the Misty Gardens resident made spiritual utterances and suggested that her decision to take the Mace was a direct order from God.

“If that is a message from God and that is what I am supposed to do. Every kingdom in the nation is coming down, every stronghold in this country is going to fall,” Ms. Curtis said at the time.

The Speaker’s Mace is the ultimate symbol of authority.

On April 27, 1965, then Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Lynden Pindling threw the Mace through a window of the House of Assembly in protest of unfair boundary cuts.

This has become known as “Black Tuesday” and represents the beginning of Majority Rule in The Bahamas.

In 2001, the leaders of the now defunct Bahamas Democratic Movement Cassius Stuart and Omar Smith charged from their seats in the gallery and handcuffed themselves to the Mace.

The proceedings were suspended and the men spent two days in prison.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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