Katriona Gilbert was expected to learn her fate Wednesday morning after being found guilty of causing the death of 21-year-old Arielle Lowe; however due to administrative matters that must be addressed prior to sentencing, it was postponed.
Gilbert was found guilty of murdering Lowe on Monday February 23rd, 2015.
Lowe’s partially burnt body was found in the home of Karen Stubbs in Miller’s Heights with a black cord wrapped around her neck.
Gilbert was also convicted on attempted arson charges.
The 29-year-old held back tears when she appeared in court yesterday morning before Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner.
Gilbert’s family members stood outside of court before the proceedings unhappy with the fact that they were not being let in.
Her mother told The Bahama Journal she wanted to be there with her daughter when the sentencing came down but at the time she was not being permitted inside the court.
A few moments later however an officer on duty corrected the issue and allowed the family to go in.
Prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty in this case and she was reprimanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until next week Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Immediately preceding this matter an 18-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of a weapon with the intent to put in fear.
Before he was sentenced, Justice Bernard Turner asked Johnathan Joshua Davis if there was anything he wished to say to which he replied, “No, your worship.”
Davis pleaded guilty to the crime.
The mitigating factors were his age and the fact he pleaded guilty.
The aggravating factors, however, was the fact that this is not his first conviction and his reasoning.
“The cause and easy manner in which it seems to have been executed is all of concern,” said Justice Turner.
“It could have had more serious consequences.”
It is alleged that Davis fired shots three to four times into a yard where several persons were gathered.
His six-year sentence will be served concurrently with another sentence Davis is already serving that is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.
Justice Turner admonished the teenager to use the time while imprisoned to reflect and make something of himself.
“Take advantage of the education and vocational services at prison,” he said.
Justice Turner told Davis he wants him to avoid ending up in a similar situation as by the time he is released from prison he would still be young enough to do something meaningful with his life.