Baby snatcher pleads guilty

October 20, 2017

Sentence Reduction Day yesterday saw the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies last December pleading guilty.

Lorna Williams, a 47-year-old medial assistant, took advantage of the leniency of the court and pleaded guilty to forcible abduction in the Home Circuit Court.

She is one of more than 50 accused persons who have opted to take advantage of the second Sentence Reduction Day in the Home Circuit Court and Gun Court yesterday.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn revealed that 22 cases were listed for the Home Circuit Court and 31 for the Gun Court.

The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused individuals to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015.

The initiative is among a range of measures being implemented to clear the backlog of cases before the courts.

Williams was initially charged with child stealing after the dayold baby was found in her possession in Rollington Town, hours after the baby was reported missing.

Williams' bail was extended and she will be sentenced on December 15.

The sentence reduction initiative will also be available today at the St Catherine Circuit Court.

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