Murder accused Akim Frank who has pleaded guilty to the charge of Manslaughter will have to wait until January 17, 2018, to know his fate in connection with the December 2015 death of Canadian, Linnea Veinotte.
The 27-year old Jean Anglais resident should have been sentenced on December 7 but sentencing Judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford was not quite ready to proceed with the sentencing as scheduled.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the female high court judge informed both defense lawyer and the State Prosecutor that more time was needed to review Frank’s Social Inquiry Report, which would be relied on to determine the punishment that would be handed down to him.
Frank who faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment reportedly struck the Canadian woman with a borrowed SUV, while driving in an area known as Coral Crescent in Lance Aux Epines.
The accused put the injured woman in the back of his vehicle as he fled the scene of the accident.
The husband of the young mother of two, reported her missing on the same day of the accident (December 6, 2015) when she did not return home from walking her dog.
Police got a tip off which led them to Frank who admitted to ditching the body in bushes in the Golf Course area.
The now convicted man was initially charged with Non-Capital Murder, but struck a deal with State prosecutors for a lesser offence for the death of Veinotte, who was the holder of a doctorate in Genetics from the University of British Columbia and had taken up residency on island to teach at St. George’s University (SGU).
Frank told police investigators that on the day of the fatal accident, he went to Lance Aux Epines to drop-off someone and was driving with speed since he was late in bringing the vehicle back to the owner.
He said that after running into the woman and the dog, he stopped and decided to pick her up in an attempt to carry her to the General Hospital in St. George’s for medical treatment.
He put the injured lady into the back of the vehicle and took the route leading into Grand Anse Valley to get into the city.
Frank reportedly said that while driving the vehicle he noticed that it started to wobble and when he stopped he realised that he had a flat tyre.
He then took the vehicle into an area along the road to change the tyre and when he saw a man and an animal he decided to drive off.
Frank also said he stopped somewhere else along the route to change the flat tyre and when he looked back at the woman, he felt that she was dead and became really scared and decided to drive the vehicle to Golf Course to dump off the body.