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A woman who was found guilty of murdering her own daughter will have wait a few more days to learn her sentence.

In court Tuesday (3 May) Judge Alastair Malcolm heard mitigation from both the defence and prosecution before sentencing, but adjourned his decision until Friday (6 May).

This is a landmark case, the first of its kind in Cayman.

In the past anyone convicted of murder would spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

But since February things have changed.

Now those convicted of murder, Butler being the first, are set a tariff, to determine exactly when they can first ask for parole.

Director of public prosecutions Cheryll Richards QC told the court this, “Represents on the most grave cases of abuse of parental trust.”

Defence barrister Lawrence Aiofi added this was, “Not a case where there has been a long history of abuse as the court often sees.”

Adding the murder was, “Disorganised, chaotic and entirely unplanned.”

Cayman 27’s Paul Kennedy has this report.

 

 

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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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