Woman freed on charge of murdering lover

Red Dragon case

Tiffany Clarke, who was accused of murdering her lover Sonobia James at the Red Dragon Night Club in February 2011 was yesterday freed by Justice Navindra Singh in the High Court after a jury returned a verdict of not guilty in her favour.

A 12-member jury returned a verdict of not guilty of  murder. On the lesser count of manslaughter, eleven found her not guilty while one found her guilty.

A police witness last week under cross-examination had said that the whereabouts of the alleged murder weapon were not known.

Tiffany Clarke
Tiffany Clarke

Under cross-examination,  police officer Melissa Gilkes recounted that on the night of the murder, she was at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation police outpost around 3:46 am when she arrested Clarke and handed her over to police at the Alberttown Police Station.

Sonobia James
Sonobia James

When questioned by Defence Counsel George Thomas if she recorded the incident in the diary at the hospital, she said she could not recall.

According to reports, an argument broke out inside the club when another woman showed interest in Clarke.

The argument evolved into a struggle between James and Clarke, and reportedly ended with Clarke pulling a knife from a bag she was carrying and stabbing James.

James sustained a wound to her neck and died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Clarke was subsequently taken into custody.

State prosecutor Dhanika Singh presented the state’s case.

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Confident Windies seek happy ending

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies will seek to write a happy ending to a promising Tri-Nations campaign when they clash with Australia in Sunday’s final, in a contest that brings together the champions of the Twenty20 and 50-overs World Cups.

default placeholder

Gov’t needs to put more money in economy – private sector head

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) says it is willing to work with the government in all of its endeavours but it needs to increase spending in the economy.

default placeholder

Private sector calls for full public debate on parking meters

Full public debate on the proposed installation of parking meters in the capital was called for yesterday by the Private Sector Commission (PSC).

Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith

No politics at UG

Less than two weeks after he assumed office as the Tenth Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has said that he is not prepared to be the VC of a university where politics intrudes and undermines the work of students and faculty.

default placeholder

Cops getting crowd control training in China

Twenty ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) are now in China undergoing specialised training, GINA said on Thursday. Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan said the training is a result of a promise previously made by the Chinese government.

default placeholder

Guyana awaiting UN chief’s move on border controversy

Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge yesterday assured that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is still actively considering the way forward to resolve the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.

default placeholder

Fury over some appointments to Linden TV station Board

The addition of some persons to the Board of Trustees of Region 10 Broadcasting Inc (RBI) has generated controversy with at least one regional councillor threatening protests over the appointments and the manner in which they were done.

Robin Raymond Elkanah Gordon

Body of missing Parfait Harmonie man pulled from canal

The partially decomposed body of a man who was missing for two days, was yesterday afternoon found in a canal at Onderneeming, Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, a short distance from his home.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: