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Canadian's throat-slashing trial starts in Jamaica

A trial is expected to get underway Monday for a Canadian man accused of trying to kill his wife while they were on vacation in Jamaica.

Paul Martin allegedly slit his wife’s throat while on vacation in Jamaica

A trial is expected to get underway Monday for a Canadian man accused of trying to kill his wife while they were on vacation in Jamaica.

Paul Martin, an Ontario teacher, is charged with attempted murder after he allegedly slashed his wife’s throat while they were sightseeing near Montego Bay last year.

The 43-year-old, originally from Halifax, claims another man did the deed.

His wife, Cathy Lee Clayson, testified at a preliminary hearing in Jamaica at the end of December 2010 that her husband tried to kill her.

Clayson accused her husband of slashing her throat twice and also trying to strangle her on the deserted road after alleging she was having an extramarital affair.

The couple were leaving for Canada that day but Clayson said her husband drove in the opposite direction of the airport when they checked out of their hotel in Montego Bay, saying he wanted to take pictures from a cliff.

In January this year, the bank manager returned to her home in Ajax, Ont.

Martin, who is a Grade 5 teacher at a school in Ajax, told police he and his wife had been held up by a man when they had pulled over to take some pictures. 

A taxi driver rescued his wife after she jumped from the car her husband was driving.

In April, Martin was granted bail with several restrictions:  he must not be within 200 metres of his wife and is to report the police every other day. He also surrendered his travel documents to the police.

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