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Judge jails domestic abuse victim for not showing up to court to testify against abuser

By Mason White 10:19 AM October 9, 2015
Judge Jerri Collins 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A domestic abuse victim was heard sobbing in court as she was sentenced to jail.

Judge Jerri Collins of Florida, sentenced the woman to jail for not showing up to court to testify against her attacker.

Collins asked the victim why she did not show up to court after she received a subpoena, ordering her to be there for trial.

The victim tearfully explained to the court that she suffers from depression and anxiety, but the move angered the judge who said: “Do you think you’re going to have anxiety now?”

The judge went on to explain that the jury has been selected and she was needed to testify at trial.

Collins could have sentenced the woman to pay a fine or have her do community service, but instead chose to lock her up in jail for three days.

When the woman filed the domestic violence complaint, she told police that her boyfriend at the time, who has a record for domestic violence, choked her and grabbed a kitchen knife in front of their one-year-old child.

The suspect was handed a reduced sentence of 16 days in jail because the key witness did show up to court to testify.

The domestic violence victim told the judge that she did not want her former boyfriend to go to jail because she needed the child support that he is paying her.

Since he was jailed for 2 weeks, he lost his job and she is now homeless.