Woman found guilty of manslaughter in Reggae Girl killing
Rushelle Foster, the quality analyst who was being tried for the 2019 killing of national women’s footballer Tamara “Plum Plum” Clarke, has been found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
A seven-member jury returned the verdict on Thursday afternoon.
Clarke, a rising star in the sporting arena, was stabbed to death during a reported dispute over a cellular phone about 8:50 pm on October 31, 2019 at Limelight Plaza in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.
The sole eyewitness, who was the first to take the stand in the Home Circuit Division of the Supreme Court when the trial began on January 8, 2023, had told the court that on the evening in question there was an argument between the Reggae Girl and the defendant. In that argument, the witness said Foster accused Clarke of deliberately ignoring her calls. The witness said Clarke responded by saying her phone was acting up and that other individuals were also experiencing difficulties contacting her.
The witness said Foster lunged forward and tried to grab the phone from Clarke, who pushed her hand away. She said Foster then brandished a knife and stabbed the footballer in her side before stabbing her a second time.
Foster had claimed she acted in self-defence against the footballer, who she claimed had been wfuming over the fact that she had called it quits on their “toxic” seven-month sexual relationship.