BRAMPTON, Ontario, Thursday June 27, 2013 – A jury in Canada has found a couple from Brampton, Ontario, guilty of the first-degree murder of their Jamaican-born teenage daughter.
The jury of six men and six women took about five and a half hours to reach its verdict on Wednesday.
This means that the couple will be sentenced to life in prison. The body of Tiffany Gayle, 15 was found in a tub in the basement of her family home three years ago.
An autopsy revealed that she died from blunt-force trauma.
Her father, Federick, and stepmother, Elizabeth, were arrested three days later.
The conviction follows an intense and often brutally graphic trial, during which Tiffany’s father and stepmother denied responsibility for savagely beating the girl to death.
The Crown argued that both parents were involved in the attack and pointed to blood found on their clothing, as well as bloody footprints found in the basement.
It was alleged that in 2010, the pair attacked the girl with a baseball bat and barbecue utensil, in an assault that began in the garage and made its way into the family’s Brampton home, where the young victim was later found in a bathtub.
The parents’ motives were not made entirely clear over the course of the trial, but there was evidence that suggested a division between Tiffany and her parents, including suicidal notes and testimony from her half-sister that the pair was considering sending her to Jamaica, where she had lived until she moved to Canada shortly before the murder. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)