Crown File Appeal In Kiahna Trott-Edwards Case

December 28, 2015

Following the sentence handed down to mother of three Kiahna Trott-Edwards, the Crown has filed an appeal saying that they feel the sentence is “manifestly inadequate.”

Ms Trott-Edwards was jailed for life for murdering 16-year-old Shijuan Mungal, with the Court ordering she must serve a minimum of eight years before she could be considered for parole.

Ms. Trott Edwards was represented at trial by Courtenay Griffiths QC and Michael Scott, who were assisted by Eron Hill, with her defence team arguing for a sentence of six to eight years, while Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field recommended a minimum sentence of fifteen years.

Speaking at the sentencing, Ms Trott-Edwards said: “I wish I had reacted differently. I never intended to hit Shijuan in his head. I did not intend to kill him.”

The 32-year-old broke down in tears, said she had three children, turned to the Mungal family and said, “I truly am sorry. Everybody’s life is changed. ”

Video of Ms Trott Edwards arriving at Court earlier this month

During the trial the jury heard from a number of witnesses, the bus driver operating the bus where the incident started, Mr Mungal’s friend who was with him when the altercation took place, as well as from the defendant herself.

The Court heard that Mr Mungal and a friend were on the bus — as was the defendant and her child — and words were exchanged with the defendant asking the teen to stop using profanity. The defendant and her child got off the bus, as did Mr Mungal and his friend at the following bus stop.

An altercation then occurred outside the defendant’s home, with the defendant striking the teenager with a wooden baseball bat, hitting him in his arm and his head, with the blow to the head causing fatal injuries.

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