The attorney representing murder accused Leoda Bradshaw, Deborah Martin says she’ll be seeking to obtain variations of sealed court transcripts concerning plea and sentencing hearings related to the matter.

Bradshaw is among four people charged with the kidnapping and murder of 10-month-old Sarayah Paulwell and her mother, Toshyna Patterson on Saturday, September 9 this year.

Sarayah was the daughter of the MP for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell.

Richard Brown and Roshane Miller pleaded guilty and were sentenced in November.

Miss Martin says up to this point, she’s unaware of what transpired in the plea and sentencing hearings involving Brown and Miller.

Bradshaw and her cousin Roland Balfour appeared in court on Friday.

They were remanded in custody until March 6, 2024.

Robian Williams reports.


Lead Defense Counsel Deborah Martin says during the plea and sentencing hearings for the two accused men who ended up pleading guilty, her co-counsel was asked to leave.

She says it was through media reports that she became aware of certain details of the plea bargain deals.

In court, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Andrea Martin Swaby advised that the matters were held in camera.

She pointed out that the matters were dealt with under the Plea Negotiations and Agreements Act of 2017.

Brown, who acted as the driver transporting Miss Patterson and baby Sarayah from Stony Hill in St. Andrew to the location in East Kingston where they were killed, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

He’ll serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Miller, who participated in the planning of the murders, was sentenced to seven years and 10 months at hard labour.

But Miss Martin insists that records of the hearings are relevant to the ongoing matter.

She also wants disclosure of the details concerning the plea negations with the crown.

Speaking to journalists, Miss Martin says the credibility of Richard Brown and Roshane Miller is an issue.

Meanwhile, in court, Miss Martin took issue with the fact there’s no statement on record from any of the investigating officers.

An order was made by the court for statements from the investigators to be submitted and disclosed to the defense on or before January 31, 2024.

Additionally, forensic material and a forensic certificate are to be submitted and disclosed to the defense on or before February 29, 2024.