Murder trial commences for accused grandmother

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The trial of the 70-year-old grandmother accused of murdering her granddaughter Jael Thomas has commenced in the High Court.
After a series of challenges to persons selected to sit on the jury panel, 12 men and women were sworn in on the main panel, while two alternates were also selected.
The case against Millicent Cornwall-Roberts is being prosecuted by the Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Armstrong who said the victim died because she bled out.
He told the jury the evidence will show the grandmother brutally beat the 18 year old on September 21, 2014 at her All Saints home.
The DPP further made the point that a neighbour called out to the elderly woman to stop while the child was on the ground screaming.
Armstrong described the act as barbaric in his opening remarks at the trial as he told the jury the woman dragged the child into the house and continued the beating with a piece of stick.
The trial has been halted until tomorrow since a juror has a migrane.

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