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Shonovia Thomas to appeal 10 year sentence

Thomas [in pink shirt] with one of her lawyers Tana’iana Davis-Small in 2010. File photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The legal team in Shonovia Thomas’ case will be seeking to have the young lady’s conviction overturned or her sentence reduced to not more than five years for the death of Archie ‘Basha’ Todman during the Court of Appeal sitting, which is scheduled to commence on Monday January 16, 2012.

Thomas, then 22, was found guilty by a jury of manslaughter by reason of provocation when her trial wrapped up in the High Court on June 15, 2010. A month later she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Thomas’ legal woes began following the death of her ex-lover on October 2, 2008 outside of his Huntum’s Ghut home.

In her defense, Thomas stated that after she entered Todman’s home that evening she was pushed to the ground several times and stabbed the 43 year-old with a rat-tail comb from her purse only once in self-defense.

It was revealed in autopsy that the stab wound severed a main artery, killing Todman. She was arrested when she arrived at Peebles hospital the same night when she allegedly heard ambulance sirens leaving Todman’s home.

However, in the notice of appeal filed by Thomas’ legal team on July 26, 2010, it revealed that the defense is asking that the Court of Appeal either to overturn her conviction and enter “a verdict of acquittal” or to reduce her sentence to “not more than five years’ imprisonment,” taking into account “19 months on remand in calculation of [Ms. Thomas’] service of her sentence.”

Thomas was represented by Tana’iana Davis-Small, Akila Anderson and Tamara Cameron during the two-week trial.

12 Responses to “Shonovia Thomas to appeal 10 year sentence ”

  • billy b (11/01/2012, 07:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    messon this woman still in jail??? They aint let she go yet??? Come on man, who will willfully kill somebody with a rat-tail comb. She was defending herself!!!!! Whatever happen to common sense law????
  • My Humble Opinion (11/01/2012, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well i pray that all will go well with her and this is something she has to live with for the rest of her life, but God will give her the grace that is sufficient to do so. I pray that she really will give her life to Christ and live for him if she hasn't already done so, cuz with him her life will be an uphill battle, once she knows that God loves her unconditionally and he already paid for what she did to him when he hung on that cross, and extended his grace towards her. Ppl may talk smack but keep your eyes on the prize chick and don't look back.
    • billy b (11/01/2012, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, pray for her, people like Fret will criticize you for praying. It is time to rally our "christian" troops and prevent these people from multiplying on us. If this happens, you know what will follow????????? Our children will be coming home from school telling us they are no longer permitted to pray (we cant let this happen) When I use to go school, boys couldn't go to school unless their hair is trimmed. Today, "IT IS MY RELIGIOUS RIGHT TO SEND MY CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH DREAD LOCKS". How far and how deep are we going to let our "RIGHTS" take us. We need to nip this in the bud now!!!!!
  • Hopeful (11/01/2012, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope she dont end up with more time.
  • Shane (11/01/2012, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really think that sentencing was to high. She wasn't willfull and its something that she have to live with for the rest of her life.
  • strupe (11/01/2012, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you people just to sexist ..... cause is a woman she most get a break right .... cause she get push to the floor "allegedly" das a reason to stab someone ?? rubbish !! .... any idiot know even if you stab someone with a pencil or even a tooth pic they could die ..... send her to jail for what she has done .... this man had a family and she took his life ... fair is fair stop being bias !
    • Mary (11/01/2012, 12:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If Basha used to keep his hand to himself then this wouldn't have happened. Please ask Zion Lion about the licks she used to collect from Basha also.
      • chummy (12/01/2012, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        If Basha used to lay his hands on her then she should have walked away a long time before it got to that point. She chose to stay in and she has to be held accountable for her actions.
  • Opinion (11/01/2012, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In my humble opinion, she should remain behind bars. Does anyone every see this young lady out on the street and the boisterous way she operates. She needs prison as she needs to be rehabilitabed in more ways that one. Plus, we have the act that she commited. As the saying goes "dead men can tell no tales" so she can portray whatever she wants!!
  • free at last (11/01/2012, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    come on free the poor lady man!
  • stay there (30/11/2014, 09:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shonovia should rot in jail

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