Four years after Dion Cross was charged for allegedly stabbing her ten-year-old sister, she has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
Cross, 25, was committed on Thursday by San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor who granted her approval bail in the $75,000 with a cash bail alternative of $15,000.
The charge alleged that on March 26, 2015, at Solomon Street, Vistabella, Cross wounded Cherise Cross with intent to do her grievous bodily harm. The incident allegedly stemmed from an argument over a television remote at their home.
Upon being charged, Cross was initially denied bail, then granted $175,000 bail which was eventually varied to $90,000. She moved in with her uncle in Fyzabad.
Following a preliminary inquiry in the First Court, the magistrate found that the prosecution, led by State attorney Rebecca Trim-Wright, had made out a prima facie case against her.
Trim-Wright objected to bail based on a medical report from St Anns Psychiatric Hospital which stated that she was likely to re-offend. Attorney Dane Halls, in his application for bail on her behalf, said Cross’ mother indicated that she is complying with instructions and taking her medication. He said the report stated that she was very intelligent and lucid in her responses.
The magistrate granted her bail on the condition that she reports to the Marabella Police Station on the third Saturday of each month. Cross was also warned to stay away and have no contact directly or indirectly with her sister.
Cross also has to reside at the home of her friend at Battoo Avenue, Marabella.