T&T Appeal Court quashes tawah burning sentence

(Trinidad Guardian) The Court of Appeal has quashed the sentence of a mother of four from Chaguanas who was jailed for three years in 2012 after admitting to burning her daughter’s hand on a tawah. Kamla Ramcharan, 31, who was out on bail awaiting the outcome of her appeal, walked out of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday morning after two appellate judges ruled her prison sentence was too harsh.

Justice Mark Mohammed, who delivered the judgment, said: “One serious potential consequence of a custodial sentence is that no one is readily identifiable to provide care for the children of the family. The court must be mindful of the risk of disintegration of the family.”

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