$1-million bail for student on murder charge

MONTEGO BAY, St James — A 20 year-old student accused of fatally stabbing a six-months pregnant woman during a quarrel in Maroon Town on May 1 was offered bail in the sum of $1million when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court on Monday.

Valtain Thompson who is facing the murder charge following the death of Kerry-Kay Cunningham was also ordered to live in Westmoreland with her aunt and to report to the Whithorn police twice a week.   Additionally she is to surrender all travel documents and a stop is to be placed against her at all international airports.

Her bail offer did not sit well with relatives of the deceased who voiced their disapproval loudly outside the courthouse.  The allegations are that Thompson and her boyfriend went to a shop in the district there the boyfriend came out of his car and asked the deceased why she was “troubling” the accused.   As the argument Thompson was said to have come out of the car, returned and emerged with a knife.

The court heard that Cunningham’s attempt to escape into her yard was foiled as Thompson’s boyfriend blocked her path. She then tried to escape by running towards the road, however, it was heard, Thompson chased and grabbed her. It was also heard that Cunningham’s younger sibling went to the aid of his sister and held her around the legs at which time both women fell and she was seen with blood coming from the region of her throat.

Cunningham was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.  Thompson was taken to the police station two days later and handed over to the police. The court heard that the murder weapon had not been located. In his bail application, attorney Adrian Dayes told the court that his client was acting in self defence after the deceased hit her several times with a piece of wood.  The arresting officer however told the court that despite being shown areas of her body that she said she was hit, he saw no signs of bruises on Thompson.

Thompson will return to court on June 8 when the case will be mentioned.

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