Ba­hamas man found guilty of mur­der­ing preg­nant Guyanese teacher

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A Supreme Court jury in The Ba­hamas on Fri­day unan­i­mously con­victed the ac­cused in the Septem­ber, 2016 mur­der of preg­nant Guyanese teacher Mar­isha Bowen.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ba­hamas Tri­bune news­pa­per, the 12-mem­ber jury, com­pris­ing 11 women and one man, con­victed Al­lis­ter Wil­liams after just un­der two hours of de­lib­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the Crown is seek­ing the death penalty for Wil­liams.

The jury also found him guilty of rob­bing Bowen of two cell­phones and an iPod.

Jus­tice Carolina Bethel said Wil­liams will re­ceive his sen­tence on July 24th. A pro­ba­tion as well as a psy­chi­atric re­port was con­se­quently or­dered to be pre­pared.

Ac­cord­ing to the Tri­bune, Foren­sic Pathol­o­gist Dr Caryn Sands, in her au­topsy re­port, said the 35year-old woman, who was teacher at Charles W Saun­ders Bap­tist School, died as a re­sult of six stab wounds to the neck and oxy­gen de­pri­va­tion.

The pathol­o­gist’s re­port also said the half-dozen stab wounds caused in­jury and bleed­ing to the soft tis­sue and blood ves­sels in Bowen’s neck, lead­ing to blood loss.

Dr Sands’ re­port also noted Bowen was ap­prox­i­mately three months preg­nant at the time of her death. The au­topsy re­vealed a “nor­mally formed” foe­tus whose mea­sure­ments were “con­sis­tent with a ges­ta­tion of 12 to 13 weeks.”

Fur­ther, the re­port said the 35-year-old had a belt around her neck with an un­der­ly­ing “fur­row” con­sis­tent with pres­sure ap­plied to her neck by the belt, which were as­so­ci­ated with rup­tured blood ves­sels in her eyes, mouth and lar­ynx.

That would have caused lack of blood flow to her brain and con­trib­uted to her death, Dr Sands’ re­port noted, ac­cord­ing to the Tri­bune.

Dr Sands’ re­port fur­ther stated that Bowen suf­fered nu­mer­ous other in­juries, such as up­per lip lac­er­a­tions and both lower and up­per lip con­tu­sions, a con­tu­sion on the right side of the chest, in­tra­mus­cu­lar haem­or­rhage of the tongue and lac­er­a­tion to the mouth.

The Ba­hamian me­dia had pre­vi­ously re­ported that Wil­liams re­port­edly had no ap­par­ent connection to Bowen, whose life­less body was dis­cov­ered in her Nassau Vil­lage apart­ment on Septem­ber 9th, 2016 after she did not show up to work.

Bowen, a grad­u­ate of the Cyril Pot­ter Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Univer­sity of Guyana, was a for­mer teacher at both the Brick­dam Sec­ondary School and the Cen­tral High School.

Al­lis­ter Wil­liams

Mar­isha Bowen

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