Anna-Lisa Paul and Bobie-Lee Dixon
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Marlon King to hang
Six years after four-year-old Amy Emily Annamunthodo was tortured and beaten to death, her stepfather Marlon King was sentenced yesterday to hang for murdering her. After two hours of deliberation the jury accepted the State’s evidence that King, 39, burned the child with cigarettes, hung her from her hair and beat her until her heart ruptured. In a last-ditch attempted to prove his innocence King interjected before the forewoman gave the verdict but was silenced by Justice Anthony Carmona.
After the verdict King was asked if he had anything to say as to why he should not be sentenced. Referring to the evidence of Dr Chris Pulchan, who said the child arrived dead at the hospital and rigor mortis had already set in, King said: is what set that child in rigor mortis in less than two hours.” Neither Amy’s mother, Anita, or her father, Jason Walker, were in court for the entire trial which began last September in the San Fernando First Assizes. The judge took six days to sum up the case. King was charged with killing the child, who was 33 pounds, unable to speak properly and under-developed, on May 15, 2006 at his Ste Madeleine Road, Marabella, home. King had shared a common-law relationship with the child’s mother for two-and-a-half years.