Mother accused of murder has case adjourned again

Attorney still waiting for medical report

A woman accused of murdering her six-year-old daughter appeared in Grand court on Friday only to have her case adjourned again, this time until July 17. 

Tamara Butler, charged with the murder of her 6-year-old daughter Bethany, appeared in Grand Court on Friday for an update on the progress in her case. 

Tamara Olita Butler, 37, has been in custody since her arrest on Oct. 27, 2014, a few hours after Bethany’s body was found in a car parked in the bush along the Queen’s Highway in East End. 

Defense attorney Laurence Aiolfi told Justice Charles Quin that he was awaiting further information regarding his client’s medical condition. 

Butler first appeared in the Summary Court on Nov. 14, when the matter was transmitted to Grand Court. On Nov. 28, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards said the Crown was still awaiting forensic evidence and the defense team was awaiting a medical and psychiatric report. 

Since then, the defendant has been brought to court about once per month for any progress reports. 

There has also been a change in the defense team. 

On Friday, Crown counsel Greg Walcolm observed that the matter had been going on for some time. 

Justice Quin told Butler he was sorry for the delay, but it couldn’t be helped.