Ont. woman slashed in Jamaica returns home

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Paul Martin has been denied bail after being charged with attempting to murder his wife.

The Ontario woman allegedly slashed by her husband in Jamaica last week returned home late Wednesday afternoon, a Toronto airport official confirmed.

A Greater Toronto Airports Authority official said Cathy Lee Martin, 34, came in on a 4:30 p.m. flight, arriving at Terminal 3 of Pearson International Airport.

Her schoolteacher husband Paul Martin, 43, has been charged with attempted murder in Jamaica. On Tuesday, he was denied bail and remanded until his next court appearance Jan. 21. He has not entered a plea.

On Tuesday, Cathy Lee Martin said at a preliminary hearing in Kingston, Jamaica, that marital problems were behind the attack. She testified that her husband accused her of having an affair shortly before he slashed her throat.

"Because of the injury to her throat, she was unable to project her voice," said Latoya Johnson, a reporter for RJR Communications Group who was in the courtroom Tuesday.

Martin wore a heavy bandage on her throat as well as one on her left thumb.

"She did say, in court to the judge, that her husband had been accusing her of cheating — and that was one of the situations that contributed to the problems they were having in their marriage," Johnson told CBC News.
Accused of affair

Cathy Lee Martin told the court her husband drove them to a secluded spot near Falmouth, Jamaica, on the afternoon of Dec. 23 and tried twice to slash her throat and strangle her after accusing her of having an extramarital affair.

She was later rescued and taken to hospital by a taxi driver.

Police arrested Paul Martin, who told them his wife had been attacked by a carjacker.

According to reports in the Jamaican media, he sat in silence in the courtroom as his wife recounted the details of the assault. Cathy Lee Martin's father, brother and sister were also in court Tuesday.

In Ajax, Ont., east of Toronto, where the couple live with their two children, aged two and five, the local Roman Catholic school board has said it would have counsellors available for students, staff and parents when classes resumed.

Paul Martin is a Grade 5 and 6 teacher at St. Francis de Sales elementary school in Ajax, which has about 12 staff members and about 200 students.

Besides the counsellors, "we've contacted our parish priest, who has a close connection with the school, and he will be present at the school," said Tracy Barill, superintendent of education for the Durham Catholic District School Board.

"It is my understanding [Martin] was well-liked by staff and students," said Barill.