BAHAMAS – Woman charged with dad’s murder
NASSAU –– A woman who was charged yesterday with the murder of her father told Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt that she was the daughter of the late Princess Diana of Wales and had been sent to The Bahamas in exile.
Antonia Butler, also known as Antonia Bullard, was charged with the January 9 stabbing death of Anthony Butler.
Police said Anthony Butler, a lecturer at The College of The Bahamas and senior Valley Boys cowbeller, was reportedly involved in an argument with a female relative
in his home, when he was stabbed to death.
Antonia Butler, 23, of Silver Palm Pond, Imperial Park, was not required to enter a plea and was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
Following the charge, Butler asked Ferguson-Pratt if she could address the court. Ferguson-Pratt replied: “Yes you may.”
Butler said: “I did plead guilty.”
Ferguson-Pratt responded: “I did not ask for a plea.”
Butler continued: “The police officers do not understand what I have to say. I don’t know why. I’ve been trying to tell them that my mum is from London and she is the prominent Princess Diana. I was sent to The Bahamas in exile.”
She said the Butlers took her under their wings.
“I have had struggles trying to adapt to the food and life here and it has taken a long time,” Butler said. “A lot of stuff happened before this incident.”
Ferguson-Pratt told Butler that she could not accept a plea from her.
Butler retorted: “I’m pregnant and the food in the prison isn’t suitable for me or my baby.”
Ferguson-Pratt asked Butler if she had prison food before and if she had been to prison.
Butler said: “Yes. The prison cells and the scent wreaks and the food is bad and I’m pregnant.”
Ferguson-Pratt asked: “Would you wish for me to put a note that you wish to be seen by a physician?”
Butler said that would work. The chief magistrate said a note would be sent to the prison that Butler is with child and should see a physician.
Butler then asked: “Is there any way I can go to Sandilands [Rehabilitation Centre]?”
Ferguson-Pratt responded: “There is nothing before me that suggests that you should go to Sandilands.”
The matter was adjourned to February 26 when it is expected to proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment.