Sentencing of woman who killed friend to steal baby put off again

For the sec­ond time in two weeks, the sen­tenc­ing of a woman who ad­mit­ted to mur­der­ing her friend and steal­ing her new­born ba­by has been de­ferred.

Ker­ry-Ann Hosang was ex­pect­ed to know her fate on Mon­day at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, but the sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed to Sep­tem­ber 4 af­ter her at­tor­neys re­vealed they had on­ly re­ceived the bio-so­cial re­port.

Her ini­tial sen­tenc­ing on Ju­ly 17 had been post­poned as at­tor­neys await­ed the bio-so­cial re­port on her con­duct while in prison. On that day the re­port was not yet com­plete.

Jus­tice Althea Alex­is-Wind­sor, who is set to de­liv­er the sen­tence in the case, had pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed that she want­ed to com­plete the sen­tenc­ing be­fore the 2019/2020 Law Term term opens in Sep­tem­ber.

Hosang was ini­tial­ly be­fore Alex­is-Wind­sor charged with mur­der­ing 28-year-old Reena Kissoon, how­ev­er, on Ju­ly 3 the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) agreed to al­low her to plead guilty to felony mur­der.

Un­der the felony mur­der rule, judges are giv­en the dis­cre­tion to waive the man­da­to­ry death pe­nal­ty in mur­der cas­es where death re­sults in the com­mis­sion of a less­er crim­i­nal of­fence.

On Sep­tem­ber 3, 2005, Kissoon was found dead at her home at Phase 7, La Hor­quet­ta, Ari­ma. She had a chop wound to her neck which sev­ered her tra­chea and dam­aged her spine.

Po­lice were tak­en to the lo­ca­tion by Kissoon’s friend, who had re­port­ed her and her new­born daugh­ter miss­ing af­ter not hear­ing from them for sev­er­al days.

Hosang, when con­front­ed by Po­lice claimed that Kissoon left the child with her and she on­ly learned her friend had been mur­dered through me­dia re­ports. She said she chose not to con­tact the po­lice as her fam­i­ly be­lieved it was hers.

Hosang would lat­er ad­mit to the crime, giv­ing a de­tailed state­ment of her plot along­side Kissoon’s boyfriend, to kill her and take her ba­by.

Hosang ini­tial­ly went on tri­al for the crime in 2010 but the ju­ry could not ar­rive at a unan­i­mous ver­dict for her and a re­tri­al was or­dered.

Hosang is be­ing rep­re­sent­ed by Kei­th Scot­land and Asha Watkins-Montserin while Maria Lyons-Ed­wards is pros­e­cut­ing.

 - Peter Christopher

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