By Stephanie Hannah
According to the Alyshah Hasham of the Toronto Star, Paul Martin, the Canadian man who was acquitted of criminal charges by a Jamaican jury in 2011 is currently facing both criminal and family trials in Oshawa Ontario. It is alleged that Martin, slashed and strangled his wife Cathy Clayson while on a trip to Jamaica, December 2010. However, before a Jamaican Jury, Martin claimed self-defense, and argued that it was actually Clayson who had attacked him. He was acquitted of “wound with intention” charges eleven months later. Clayson, who suffered cuts to the thumb and neck claims that her husband attempted to kill her while in an isolated area in Jamaica. She is currently trying to recover damages for injuries sustained in the incident, as well as seeking a divorce and to forbid Martin from having access to their two young children.
According to the Star, the latest news following the family trial is thatMartin, who has decided to not obtain legal counsel and will represent himself, has been able to quibble with wife Clayson’s testimony. In emotional exchanges between Martin and his wife while on the stand, Martin was able to find contradicting elements to Clayson’s current and past testimony from Jamaica. Using police statements from the incident, Martin is able to point out inconsistencies in Clayson’s story. She claims that Martin pulled over on the side of the road to take a photo where he was able to slash her throat from behind the passenger seat in the car. In her testimony in both family and criminal court, Clayson states that Martin did not tell her he was then taking her to a hospital and in fact that she had to beg him to. The police statements recorded shortly after the incident and entered into trial in Jamaica suggest the contrary. Even though the correctness of the Jamaican trial transcripts has been at issue before the court, Justice D Roger Timms has recently decided that the transcripts would be considered accurate, and the trial will move forward.
Hasham, Alyshah. “Husband in Slashing Case Renews Challenge to Wife’s Testimony.” The Toronto Star. 29 May 2014Web 1 June 2014. http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2014/05/29/husband_in_slashing_case_renews_challenge_to_wifes_testimony.html