Abrupt Pause to Attempted Murder and Child Destruction Case Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

On Tuesday March 27th, 22-year-old Henry Patnett asked that his case be stopped so he could retain proper representation. Patnett is accused of the attempted murder of his 28-year-old ex-girlfriend who was stabbed to the abdomen while she was pregnant in August 2010. In the process he allegedly killed her unborn child.

In court, Patnett asked the court to stop his case after the prosecutor, Meagan Francis, had already called three witnesses to testify against him. Justice Adolph Lucas granted him the request. Patnett was on trial for three counts: child destruction for the death of his own child which his ex-girlfriend, Valarie Sheran, 28, was carrying at the time of the attack; attempted murder of Sheran, who almost lost her life, and wounding of her new lover then, 70-year-old Ernesto Ireland, who was also attacked on that day. Judge Lucas discharged the 9 member jury, who had been selected on Monday, March 26 to hear the case. The case was then set for June 4.

On August 2, 2010, Valarie Sheran, 28, was in her bed sleeping along with Ireland when she was attacked allegedly by her ex-boyfriend in a jealous rage after she left him and moved on with her life. Patnett managed to gain access into the house when it was open by a young child, who heard a knock. Patnett then allegedly made his way into his ex-girlfriend bedroom, as her mother, brother and other relatives were asleep in their room. He then attacked Sheran stabbing her in the abdomen multiple times.  He also attacked Ireland. Sheran was rushed to the KHMH where she later lost her baby.   Patnett was said to be the father of Sheran’s unborn child.  One of Francis’ main witnesses was on the stand when Patnett made the sudden request to have his trial stop.  Only three witnesses had been called in the trial against Patnett, including the police Scenes of Crime personnel. Patnett, who has since been granted bail, has been unable to meet that bail and remains behind bars until June 4 when his case will be addressed atthe Supreme Court.