Daughter of Trinidad mayor found dead in Jamaica canefield

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Daughter of Trinidad mayor found dead in Jamaica canefield by: – June 13, 2012 77 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share Michelle Coudray, 38, who was separated from her Jamaican husband, previously worked with Air Jamaica and at the Sandals Resort. (Photo: University of the West Indies)KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday June 13, 2012 – San Fernando mayor and deputy leader of Trinidad’s United National Congress (UNC) Marlene Coudray is battling to come to terms with a mother’s worst nightmare.  The body of her daughter Michelle Coudray was discovered on Sunday evening in a canefield in Montego Bay, Jamaica.Michelle’s mortal remains, burnt beyond recognition, were discovered shortly after 4:30 pm Jamaican time.  Identification was secured by dental records and a bracelet she wore.Mayor Coudray was in the process of packing her suitcase to go to Jamaica in search of her missing daughter when she received a call from that country confirming her worse fears.Earlier, Jamaica’s TV6 News had quoted Jamaica’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Steve Brown as saying a body had been found near the location where Michelle was last seen.Now, Coudray’s trip with her partner Larry Achong has been transformed into the heartrending task of taking her daughter’s remains back home to Trinidad.Prior to the tragic discovery, the mayor had made an impassioned appeal for the return of her daughter. “If someone has her, please release my daughter. She has three young children who are missing her,” she said.Coudray has been taking care of Michelle’s children, who are 11, seven and five years-old respectively, since earlier this year while their mother taught Spanish and French at Cornwall College, a school in Montego Bay.Michelle, 38, who was separated from her Jamaican husband, previously worked with Air Jamaica and at the Sandals Resort.She had last visited Trinidad on May 6 for her son’s birthday. Her mother was at the time in Belize attending a government conference and asked her to stay until she returned. Michelle stayed for three weeks before returning to Jamaica. She reportedly called home on May 31 to say she had arrived safely.Mayor Coudray explained that Michelle had been experiencing problems with her telephone, so she thought nothing of it when she did not initially respond to calls. She said her internet connection at home was also not working so they had no other contact with her.Reports indicate that Michelle was last seen at about 12:30 am on June 2 in the Cornwall Courts area of St James, a few metres from her rented Montego Bay apartment.The alarm was raised last week when Coudray’s estranged son-in-law’s mother called her and expressed concern that Michelle could not be found, after she failed to keep a date to visit the family. They also made a report to the police, whose investigations subsequently led to the tragic discovery.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Revised Florida Stand-Your-Ground law is unconstitutional

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Google On Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that Florida legislators reached beyond their authority by amending the state’s Stand-Your Ground-Law earlier this. The change in the law would give prosecutors authority to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim in attacking someone during a pre-trial hearing. According to Judge Hirach only the Florida Supreme Court has the authority to effect changes to the law. The law “cannot be legislatively modified” the judge wrote in his ruling.Since its inception under the administration of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2005, the law which gives residents in the state the right to defend themselves by deadly force, usually by the gun, if they believe they are being attacked in or out their home has been controversial.The controversy peaked in 2013 when community watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of North Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. Martin was on his way from a convenience store and walking to his father’s home in a Sanford, Florida, residential community when he was accosted by Zimmerman who assumed he was a criminal. Zimmerman’s defense claimed he shot Martin in self-defense because he felt his life was threatened by the teenager.Most state prosecutors opposed the law seeing it as a means for those accused of murder and other gun-related charges to be acquitted by claiming they were defending their lives by the act of violence.It is believed by the opponents of the law that the ruling by Judge Hirsch’s could be the beginning of other courts in Florida ruling likewise resulting in an appeal for the revised law to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.Since the Travyon Martin shooting, and Zimmerman’s acquittal several attempts have been made by Florida Democratic legislators to repeal or change the law, arguing that it gives people with guns the right to shoot a victim indiscriminately, with a chance to be acquitted. However, Governor Rick Scott has remained adamant in not repealing the law.The Florida Supreme Court previously ruled that defendants in shooting cases who seek immunity from criminal prosecution under the law must offer solid proof they were acting in self-defense.Despite strong opposition from prosecutors and gun-control advocates, the Florida Legislature amended the original law to place the burden on state prosecutors to prove through convincing evidence that a defendant was not acting in self-defense. If prosecutors succeed in disproving the self-defense claim at the pre-trail hearing they would need to do this again at the actual trial.last_img read more