Court Upholds Conviction Of Canadian Man For Death Of Jamaican Daughter

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Ontario‘s highest court has upheld a Toronto man’s murder conviction in the death of his 17-year-old Jamaican daughter, whose emaciated (E-MAY-SI-AY-TID) remains were found in a burning suitcase more than two decades ago.   Everton Biddersingh was found guilty in 2016 of first-degree murder.   He was later sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, which is the automatic sentence for first-degree murder.   Biddersingh challenged his conviction on several grounds, all related to evidence regarding what caused the death of his daughter, Melonie.   He argued, among other things, that the judge who presided over his trial erred in allowing jurors to consider a suggestion that he starved his daughter to death.   But in a unanimous ruling released last week, the Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed Biddersingh‘s appeal, saying the judge was not mistaken in leaving that option with the jury.   Prosecutors alleged Biddersingh drowned or starved Melonie, who weighed 50 pounds and had 21 broken bones at various stages of healing when she died in 1994.     They alleged the teen could also have died while her father unlawfully confined her in the small Toronto apartment they shared with her stepmother.   The Crown alleged Biddersingh crammed his daughter’s body into a suitcase, took it to a remote area north of Toronto and set it on fire.   Court heard he then told friends and relatives, including Melonie‘s mother in Jamaica, that the teen had run away from home.    He never reported her missing.   Police were not able to identify Melonie‘s remains until they received a tip that eventually led to Biddersingh‘s arrest in 2012.