Friday 14 August, 2020

Jamaican pleads guilty to killing fellow sex worker in Barbados

A Jamaican woman who was soliciting as a prostitute in Barbados, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter arising from the stabbing death of her fellow Jamaican sex worker during an on-the-job dispute two years ago. 

The dispute was over a potential client.

Tedesha Ann Juliet Hayles, 26, admitted to killing 34-year-old Shockaya Boyd.

Hayles told the High Court in Barbados on Monday that she was “not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter," according to media reports from the island.

The Jamaican is scheduled to be sentenced on January 31, 2020 and has made an appeal for leniency.

The allegations are that the two sex workers got involved in an altercation on April 28, 2017, after a man requested both Hayles and Boyd to join him in his car.

Hayles refused the request, citing that she and Boyd were not friends.

Moments later, an argument developed between the two women, during which Hayles pulled a knife and stabbed Boyd multiple times, causing her to fall to the ground.

Hayles left the scene where she disposed of the knife that was used to stab Boyd, who was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Hayles was subsequently apprehended and charged with causing serious bodily harm following the altercation with Boyd. The charge was later upgraded to murder based on the outcome of an autopsy, according to Barbadian media reports.

The post-mortem report indicated that the deceased sustained 14 injuries, and death was due to hemorrhage from a stab wound to the neck.

Speaking to the presiding judge on Monday of this week, Hayles apologised to Boyd's relatives for the killing.

“Sir, I would like to apologise to the court, to Shockaya’s family. I would like to also apologise to my family. I would like to apologise for coming in this country and getting in this type of problem, and I am asking please if you can find it in your heart to be lenient and have mercy on me, because I have never been in trouble such as this type so far, never. I have never even get an arrest in my country and I come into somebody else  country and get lock up,” Hayles pleaded tearfully.

She also offered apologies to her son and grandmother.

Hayles was then remanded for sentencing next year.

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