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Jul 22, 2009

Man acquitted of Attempted Murder of wife

Story PictureAlso in the Supreme Court, a jury of seven women and two men deliberated for little over four hours before they delivered a verdict of not guilty on a charge of Attempted Murder against Clarence Jones, the estranged husband of Gina Jones. The incident for which Clarence was charged occurred on the night of November third, 2007 near the overpass at the Pallotti junction. Gina suffered a stab wound on the left upper arm and a four inch knife wound on the right side of her cheek. The assault against her was done in the presence of the couple’s child.

Clarence was emotional throughout the trial and told the court under oath that he caused his wife’s injuries but that he did not intend to hurt her. When he addressed the jurors he told them that he never set out to hurt his wife that evening and that he had a serious lapse of judgment and he is not proud of what he did. Gina told the court that she was walking with her husband and when they reached the overpass at the Pallotti junction, he began to beg her to get back together. But it was when she refused that he became violent. The knife was recovered the following Monday on the Pallotti compound. The case was tried before Justice Adolph Lucas and while Clarence was unrepresented, Crown Counsel, Trienia Young prosecuted. Clarence had nothing to say upon his acquittal. He merely shunned our camera and walked away, tears streaming down his face. Clarence and Gina have two boys ages five and three.

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