Marigot woman gets 30 years in prison for murder

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Marigot woman gets 30 years in prison for murder

Anne Dormilla James of Marigot, Castries was yesterday sentenced to a total of 30 years imprisonment for the 2007 murders of Kim James and Bill Archibald.

After years on remand for the initial murder charge, James was re-arraigned and pled guilty to manslaughter, a plea which was accepted by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in March of 2013.

Since then James has served a further nine months on remand at the Bordelais Correctional Facility. Yesterday James learned of her fate from High Court Judge Francis Cumberbatch.

Though it is not clear whether the sentence will be served concurrently or consecutively, James will be credited for time already served on remand. She was handed a sentence of 15 years on each charge. As such James could conceivably be free as early as 2022 or serve until 2037.

James was represented by Attorney Alberton Richelieu during the proceedings. The Crown was represented by DPP Victoria Charles-Clarke.

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  1. Some people are not themselves
    There are so many women and men around the World like her
    Devil
    Demon possess
    May God Almighty set his people free from the world of darkness
    Deliver your people Lord

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  2. Sad to hear what she did to her children but sometimes women get post natal depression and in turn need help. Now she has to live with this for the rest of her life.

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  3. Instead we find out how we can help the mentally ill and try to see some signs to prevent or even treat people like that who are so depressed and insane all we can do is call for jail sentencing and taking their life. Well in that case yall better plan for the road ahead because it's only getting worst which means there might be more of this to come with so much depression, mental illness and other things going on in abundance right now. Look how Guyana crying and suffering from all them suicides already and the year just start. Man the world is turning upside down with lots of bloodshed, hopelessness, insanity and all the other things that lead man straight into the devil's path. So instead of being so heartless and selfish we now must try to assist one another by sharing our time, love, attention, thoughts, advice, counseling and whatever it takes to reach other to give them strength to face the challenges of life and all so it's many so called hopeless difficulties which try to lead mankind away from God and into the devil's arms. And trust me it's all part of the big plan to fill that Cup with blood so try and stop it as much as you can even if it seems hopeless don't give up.

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    • Thank you for seeing this from my perspective. This is an educated comment. People are so quick to judge even the criminally insane. We need a better way of dealing with mental health diseases in St. Lucia. too many people go undiagnosed and called crazy or judged as a common criminal when all it is is a matter of total insanity!!!!

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  4. she doesnt need no psychological evaluation as this is an excuse..why she didnt set herself on fire or kill herself.why the kids..they didnt send and call her..if she couldnt handle stress why did she have them in the first place.there are so many ppl who cant have kids and wants to adopt why she didnt give them away..to me,life imprison would be better

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    • I'm not trying to argue with you but Trust me, she needed help. Mental health disease especially Post partum psychosis is very very dangerous, and as soon as it is identified, the children are removed from the care of the mother and she is hospitalized and medicated. We don't do these evaluations in St. Lucia but It is absolutely necessary. Also, this girls fist child died at 3 because he had a defective heart. She never recovered from that. Here's an article to enlighten you
      http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/postpartum-disorders

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  5. She lived on her own with the two kids, one was 6 and one was 18 months. I think she was depressed. She was accused of setting the house alight and they died in the fire.

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  6. Everyone has his or her two cents, yet no one has full details about the case. It is easy for one to say she deserves death , life, or a harsher sentence. No one is saying that no WOMAN/MOTHER in her right mind would premeditate locking her children in a burning house that she set a blase. Has anyone thought that maybe what she needs is a mental health evaluation? This woman is obviously sick! She was my childhood friend and I remember her as a lovely person who had to overcome a lot in life. In retrospect, I think she is a bit crazy. While I agree that her crime should not go unpunished, I also think that she needs psychological evaluation and perhaps mental rehabilitation.

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    • Stop making excuse for this person, be you female does not mean you should get mercy no matter your act. Good thing the law should be gender blind... she did something horrible and should pay a far greater price, i also beleive that this lady fac3 should be publicised to ensure we all know who she is. I certainlywouldnt want her as aneighbour

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  7. There was a similar case In vfort maybe like 20 years ago or less. A woman walked her two kids to the beach by shanty town (bruceville) and drowned them. If I can recall she didn't spend more than 10 years in prison. Smfh @ our justice system. This one may not even spend 5 years and she'll b out, mark my word.

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  8. Omg she killed her own kids an they only gave her 30 years she should have gotten life or even better hang her .now she will just be at bordalaise eating tax payers money

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  9. omg the woman killed her children.....she should be hanged and not sit bordelais and eat my tax money......oh boy at our justice system smfh!

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  10. I remember this well as I live in Marigot, this woman should have got life, those children were lovely kids. I will always remember them, may they RIP.

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    • Hi Sarah.....Can you help me out a little ? I cannot recall were they kids or adults and how did they die ? Thanks much, I cannot remember reading that story.

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