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Appeal Held Up By Missing Transcripts

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

OUTSTANDING trial transcripts delayed the appeal of a man contesting his conviction for the throat-slashing manslaughter of his girlfriend.

Williams Forbes, 39, who lost appeared before the appellate court in January, reappeared yesterday with his attorney Jiaram Mangra for his scheduled substantive hearing.

However, the trial transcripts were still outstanding and the appellant was not in a position to proceed without them.

The matter was adjourned to May 1.

Forbes, in July 2012, was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, 30-year-old Natasha Mondelus of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock.

A jury of eight men and four women returned an 11-1 not guilty verdict on the charge of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 11-1.

Evidence in the trial revealed that neighbours and police found Mondelus lying in the doorway of her efficiency apartment with a slash to the throat where she called out Forbes as her attacker before she died.

Forbes maintained that the incident was an accident stemming from the two struggling with a knife that he claimed he girlfriend had pulled.

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