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