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EXCLUSIVE: Prosecutor says woman stabbed lover with comb point and left him for dead... accused remanded in prison

BVI News Online

A Joes Hill woman has been remanded to prison after appearing in the Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge of murder.

Shonovia Thomas, 22, is charged with the murder of 43-year-old Archie Todman alias 'Basha' of Huntums Ghut that occurred shortly after 3 am on Thursday, October 2nd.

Dressed in a black outfit, Thomas appeared before Magistrate Charmaine Rosanne Bunsbury with her lawyer Stephen Daniel. Crown Prosecutor Inspector Jefferson Knight told the court that on Wednesday 1st October, the accused went to a popular night club in the BVI and left at about 2 am on Thursday and went to the home of the deceased at Huntums Ghut.

Inspector Knight told the court that at the deceased' home, a verbal and physical confrontation developed during which the accused reached into a pouch she was carrying on her shoulder and took out a comb known as a 'fish tail' that had a steel point and allegedly inflicted a stab wound to the right side of the chest of the defendant.

The Crown told the court that the defendant fell to the floor next to a step and the accused left him there and went to her home at Jose Hill.

Inspector Knights told the court that after neighbours heard the deceased mourning and they went to assist him. Later the court was told by the crown that paramedics arrived on the scene and the deceased was taken to Peebles Hospital. He said attempts to resuscitate the accused but he later died.

The crown said an autopsy was performed and a preliminary report confirmed that the accused died from a stab wound to the chest that severed the aorta.

Following the court appearance, lawyer representing the accused Stephen Daniel produced to the media a medical examination form produced at Peebles Hospital and signed by a doctor who treated the accused for soft tissue injuries to her body. This form, he said, was produced at 7:45 the following morning after the incident.

Thomas is to re-appear in court on Monday, October 27th for a report.