Woman convicted of murdering Jamaican stepdaughter in Canada


September 20, 2016

A woman who was yesterday convicted of murdering her Jamaican stepdaughter in Canada more than 20 years ago, yelled the name of Jesus after the jury returned a verdict.

Elaine Biddersingh is reported to have shook her head and rolled her eyes as a judge sentenced her to life,and told her she would not be eligible for parole until after 16 years.

After Justice Ian MacDonnell began reading out his sentencing decision Monday morning, Elaine interrupted by repeatedly yelling: "Jesus!"

"I didn't do anything to be here," she said. "This is foolishness ... I didn't murder nobody."

Earlier this year, Biddersingh was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of her stepdaughter Melonie more than 20 years ago.

Melonie's dad, Everton Biddersingh, is also serving a life sentence, after being found guilty of first-degree murder.

Seventeen-year-old Melonie's body was found in a burning suitcase in 1994. It took almost two decades for police to identify her and crack the case.

Starved and abused

Court heard that Melonie came from Jamaica in the early '90s at the age of 13 to live with her dad and stepmother, but that she had been confined, starved, psychologically and physically abused.

She weighed just over 50 lbs when her body was found.

Steve Ryan, who investigated the case, told reporters outside the courthouse that he is "quite happy that this entire ordeal is over."

He says his concern, though, is that this does not happen to anyone else. He is calling for a registry to be created of immigrant children that police can check up on.

He said that if Melonie had been going to school, someone would have noticed her absence.

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