Stabbing suspect faces attempted murder charge

A woman who was arrested in relation to the stabbing of her 62-year-old mother while she slept has been charged with attempted murder.

Laverne Olivene Gould, 32, was remanded in custody Wednesday after her charge of attempted murder was transmitted to Grand Court.

Gould is accused of attempting to murder her mother at the home they shared in West Bay. A police report indicated the older woman was stabbed while she was sleeping in the early hours of 1 May.

Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson applied for bail, noting that Gould is hearing impaired and would need the assistance of someone who could help with sign language.

Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale pointed to the Bail Law, which lists offences for which an accused person does not have a right to bail unless there are special circumstances.

Those circumstances would pertain to the state of the evidence, not the circumstances of the defendant, she said. In this case the evidence was cogent.

To assist the Grand Court, the magistrate ordered a psychiatric report at Mr. Samson’s request.

Gould is scheduled to appear in Grand Court on Friday, 13 May.