Stepfather begins paying $500,000 compensation to stepdaughter

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In wounding case…
THE 39-year-old carpenter, who chopped his stepdaughter in her face with a cutlass, yesterday paid the first $15,000 of $500,000 compensation Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson ordered him to pay.
Clayton Marks, of Lot 15 Hogg Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the
indictable charge on his first Court appearance last September 21.
Particulars of the offence said, on September 18, 2009, at his Albouystown home, he wounded Linda Lespair with intent to murder her.
Police Sergeant Kevin London, prosecuting, informed the Court that the victim had to be hospitalised in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).
The Prosecutor said, that day, around 07:30 h, Marks and Lespair’s mother were involved in an argument and he dealt her several cuffs.
Her daughter, who witnessed the violence, intervened in an attempt to protect her but was the recipient of several chops to her face that caused her to be rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit and admitted to the Female Surgical Ward before being transferred to the ICU.
Marks, who was released on bail on one of his subsequent Court appearances, is expected to make another payment on April 16.