Sentencing delay for mother who killed baby

Prosecutors are still seeking a 30-year prison sentence for a mother who believed demons told her to kill her daughter.

In July, a jury unanimously rejected Phillipa Marshall’s insanity defense and convicted her of the murder of one-year-old Philicia Marshall.

There was no dispute that Marshall grabbed the sleeping child and doused her with gasoline before setting her afire in a locked bedroom on December 28, 2017, at her home in Faith Gardens, and that the child died from complications from the burn wounds on February 14, 2018.

Her lawyer, Bjorn Ferguson, had previously argued since the mandatory death penalty for murder has been abolished, the court can make a hospital order and have Marshall committed to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC).

Ferguson suggested that Marshall, a diagnosed schizophrenic, be committed to SRC for five years.

Justice Bernard Turner sought further arguments yesterday on whether the Mental Health Act was applicable in Marshall’s case.

Yesterday, prosecutor Tommel Roker said, “We maintain our position; the relevant section does not apply. The offense is penalty-based.”

Turner will sentence Marshall on December 12.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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