Ithaca wife killer pleads guilty to manslaughter
Gladstone Williamson, the man accused of butchering his reputed wife and maiming her daughter and her niece on May 8, 2009, at the woman’s home at Ithaca, West Bank Berbice, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder. He appeared before Justice Franklyn Holder and a jury at the Berbice High Court.
Pending a Probation Report, Williamson will know his fate on February 22.
The 32 year-old man was before the court for the murder of Gertrude Edwards, 31, a plantain chip vendor of Lot 282 Ithaca Main Road, West Bank Berbice, and formerly of Angoy’s Avenue.
Williamson was also charged with two counts of attempted murder of the woman’s 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Kerry Edwards, and her niece, 16-year-old Samantha Charles, both of the same address.
The two children were also allegedly attacked by Williamson. They sustained injuries and had to be hospitalised.
Gertrude Edwards’ two younger children, five-year old Althea Williamson and six-year-old Gladstone Williamson, she had borne for the suspect. They were unharmed.
It was related that the man had picked up a knife from the kitchen and cut their mother’s throat. The woman after being attacked had tried to escape, but had collapsed and died on a neighbour’s staircase after the vicious attack.
After fatally wounding the woman, Williamson had escaped. The police had launched a manhunt for him and found him hiding in the canfields aback of West Canje.
In open court he expressed remorse for what he did and asked the court for leniency.
His state-appointed defence counsel in a plea of mitigation asked the court to temper justice with mercy. He said that Williamson has expressed deep remorse ever since the incident happened and has thrown himself to the mercies of the court.