Thursday 2 April, 2020

St Ann woman gets four-year sentence for fatally stabbing hubby

A St Ann woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month in relation to the stabbing death of her common-law husband in Mammee Bay in the parish, has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

Erica Beamer, who was initially charged with murder in relation to the death of 39-year-old David Folkes of Greenwich Acres in the parish, learnt her fate on Friday in the St Ann Circuit Court.

It was stated at the sentencing hearing that Beamer was involved in an abusive relationship with Folkes.

"I will say it is not easy to punish somebody in circumstances like this," commented presiding High Court Judge, Justice Martin Gayle, before handing down the sentence.

Reports had stated that on August 24, 2015, at about 2am, Folkes and Beamer had a dispute at their home in Greenwich Acres. During the altercation, she reportedly stabbed.

He was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Beamer then fled the scene, but turned herself in to the St James police two days later.

She was subsequently handed over to the St Ann police, and was charged with murder.

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