A nine-member jury today found Ianthe Rita Marshall guilty of stabbing Angela Haynes in the face on January 30, 2009.
The Lower Westbury Road, St Michael resident, who is in her 30s, has been on trial in the No. 2 Supreme Court for the past few weeks.
During today’s court session, it was revealed that Marshall had four prior convictions for theft, using threatening words, assault and possession of cannabis.
“This is novel information to me,” Marshall’s attorney Queen’s Counsel Dr Waldo Ramsey, who represented her pro bono, told the court.
“Normally I am prepared, but I was totally unprepared for this [information],” he stressed.
In the circumstances, Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale, who prosecuted the case before Justice Randall Worrell, asked that Marshall’s bail be revoked pending the results of a pre sentencing report.
However, Ramsey argued for his client to remain on bail until the sentencing phase of the trial. He revealed that Marshall was a mother of five, the youngest of whom is two years of age.
“Who is going to take care of them if she is incarcerated?” Ramsey queried, while appealing for the court’s compassion in the matter.
Seale acquiesced saying: “Let justice be tempered with mercy in this case.”
However, he asked that conditions be imposed on Marshall, as it was difficult getting her to attend court on previous occasions.
Justice Worrell therefore ordered Marshall to stay a mile away from Haynes and her residence at all times and not to venture anywhere near the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic where Haynes is employed.
She must also report to the Probation Department tomorrow before returning to court with her surety on