Jury acquits Woman of Manslaughter Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Leshawn LinoA Jury has acquitted 26-year-old Leshawn Lino of manslaughter. In a late Wednesday evening verdict, the jury voted 8 to 1 in favor of acquitting her of a charge of manslaughter.

In September of 2010, Lino was accused of killing her common-law-husband, Ex-BDF, soldier, 24-year-old Shamir Henry, after she inflicted a single stab wound to his neck. On Wednesday May 15th, Justice Adolph Lucas summed up the case and at 4:00 p.m., a jury of 7 women and 2 men stepped into the deliberating room to decide her fate after which they came out with a not guilty verdict.
On Tuesday May 13th, Lino told the court that “I have three child, two daughters and a son. On September 2nd, 2010, at about 7:00 p.m., the day before my birthday, I was at home inside sitting with my son, when my daughter came and said Shamir wanted to see me. I put my son in the couch and went outside to see him.  Since it was the day before my birthday, I thought he had come to wish me happy birthday; I was excited to see him. When I got in front of him, instead of being greeted by a hug and a birthday greeting, he grabbed me in my hair and started to punch me on the left side of my face, near the temple area. He slapped me on the right cheek. I got kicked in my stomach and punched in my chest. When I got kicked, I looked up and that’s when I saw him with a knife and that’s when he pulled me up and we started to struggle. I saw him go back way, staggering and I ran away from him. I looked back and I saw him coming towards me and I ran. I didn’t know he was injured and I kept running. I asked them to call the police because I thought he was coming towards me to continue what he had started - that is beating me again. I didn’t know what was happening. I was frightened and crying and that’s when I heard someone say, ‘the guy dead.’ And I continued to cry. Shortly after, I saw a crowd of people coming by and then the police came. They detain me and took me to the Ladyville Police Station and that’s where I spent my birthday” concluded Lino.”

In court attorney for Lino, Bryan Neal had made a no case submission before Justice Lucas in which he had submitted that there is no evidence produced by the prosecution that his client committed the crime. He was of the view that the evidence of the prosecution is circumstantial. There was no direct evidence that Lino stabbed or inflicted any wound to Henry. Neal also submitted that while there is some evidence, it is of a tenuous character because of inherent weakness, vagueness or is in contrast to other evidence. However, Judge Lucas at the end of the submissions ruled that there was enough evidence for the matter to be put to a jury so the case continued before the 9 member jury