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Melonie's killer stepmom screams obscenities at sentencing

By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

Toronto - 

A killer stepmom screamed obscenities Monday during a hearing where a judge sentenced her to life in prison with no parole for 16 years for the shocking murder of 17-year-old Melonie Biddersingh.

“I didn’t murder anybody. I’m not guilty of anything,” Elaine Biddersingh shouted at Justice Ian MacDonnell.

The judge warned Biddersingh he wouldn’t tolerate another outburst before imprisoning her for her role in the September 1994 killing of her stepdaughter, whose emaciated, battered body was found in a burning suitcase in an industrial parking lot north of Toronto.

In a loud tirade, Biddersingh called Crown attorneys Anna Tenhouse and Mary Humphrey “bitches” and “witches,” before accusing four shocked jurors — sitting in the courtroom — of “corruption.”

“You (judge) instructed them (jury members) to find me guilty. Jesus!,” snarled Biddersingh, 55, who was convicted in June of second-degree murder.

Earlier this year, Biddersingh’s husband, Everton Biddersingh, was convicted of first-degree murder. He can’t apply for parole from his life prison sentence until 2037.

Although discovered in 1994, Melonie’s body went unidentified until 2011.

The cause of the teen’s death was either drowning, starvation, abuse — or a combination of the three.

Elaine Biddersingh revealed to her pastor that the then-unidentified girl was her stepchild, who had “died like a dog” after being confined and deprived of food and medication by Elaine’s abusive spouse.

The judge said Elaine and Everton were partners in the horrific abuse that made Melonie’s life “a living hell” from the time she and her brothers — Dwayne and Cleon — arrived in Toronto from their poor homes in Jamaica in 1991.

“Melonie came to Canada with hopes and dreams,” MacDonnell said.

“The persons entrusted with her care crushed those hopes and dreams with a cruel, callous, relentless and ultimately lethal course of physical, psychological and emotional abuse. What happened to Melonie is inexplicably sad.”

Elaine hated Melonie and her two siblings as she believed they were dirty and possessed with the devil, court heard.

“Everton and Elaine’s antipathies came together in a combination that led directly to the shocking mistreatment of Melonie,” who was made to sleep on the floor and sometimes confined to a barrel or chained to a wall and was beaten “almost daily,” the judge said.

MELONIE'S 'LIVING HELL'

Justice Ian MacDonnell said murder victim Melonie Biddersingh’s life inside her family’s apartment “can only be described as a living hell”:

  • Melonie came from Jamaica as a healthy, happy 13-year-old girl in 1991 and dreamed of becoming a nurse.
  • Over the next three-and-a-half years, she “was reduced to an emaciated, broken” corpse that was charred beyond recognition inside a flaming suitcase in Vaughan on Sept. 1, 1994, MacDonnell said.
  • Melonie and her Jamaican-born siblings were treated as slaves. They were used as human vacuums ,picking up every piece of dirt from the floor, court heard.
  • Melonie was starved to the point she weighed as much as an average eight-year-old — 55 pounds. She had 21 healing fractures to her spine, ribs, pelvic girdle, kneecap and ankle.
  • For at least the last two years of her life, Melonie was a prisoner inside the Biddersingh apartment.
  • Melonie’s brother, Cleon, described Elaine Biddersingh as “the mind” behind the beatings inflicted on Melonie while her father, Everton Biddersingh, was “the fist.”

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