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Ontario judge unable to determine if Canadian couples’ 2010 slashing story in Jamaica is true

Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:13 PM

ONTARIO, Jan. 11, CMC – A judge in a Canadian court says he cannot determine whether Paul Martin, a schoolteacher, slashed his wife’s throat while on vacation in Jamaica in 2010, or whether she attacked him first and ended up injured.

In a decision dated December 30, Justice Roger Timms ruled that as a result, Martin should get equal and unsupervised access to the couple’s two children, aged 9 and 6 years.

In response to the ruling, Cathy Clayson, 38, Martin’s estranged wife, has retained a high profile lawyer to argue an appeal.

Clayson alleged that on December 23, 2010, on the last day of a Jamaican vacation, Martin drove her to a spot along a deserted road and slashed her throat with a hunting knife.

Martin first told police in Jamaica that the couple was robbed, he later changed his story and alleged she attacked him first and in the struggle, injured her own throat.

Martin was acquitted by a Jamaican jury in 2011.

The knife was never found.

Last year, Clayson took her husband to the Ontario Superior Court, seeking a divorce, an order blocking him from seeing their children and a declaration in civil court that he had tried to kill her that day in Jamaica.

However, Timms in his decision stated that he doubted the couple's account of what transpired.


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