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UPDATE: St Andrew woman convicted for fatal crash granted bail

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:32 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Home Circuit court late this afternoon granted bail to 38-year-old Ann Marie Williams, the St Andrew woman who was earlier today sentenced to one year in prison on each of her two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. 

After filing an appeal in the Appeal Court against the conviction and sentence, William's attorney, Lord Anthony Gifford persuaded Justice David Fraser in chambers to grant bail to his client. 

Justice Fraser had earlier denied the application for bail which was made immediately after he sentenced Williams.

Williams is contending that Justice Fraser ought to have accepted the no case submission made at the end of the  Crown's case.

She is contending that the judge erred in allowing the evidence of the reconstruction expert to be probative when there was no direct evidence of the accident.

Williams is also asking the Court of Appeal to find that the one-year sentence is manifestly excessive given the mitigating factors.

It will be argued on appeal that the judge erred in holding that Williams' failure to plead guilty was a determining factor in deciding that she should be sent to prison.

The victims, including a blind woman, died in 2011 after Williams' car ploughed into a bus stop at which they were standing on Matilda's Corner in St Andrew.