Woman faces off with husband she claims tried to kill her

Cathy Clayson and Paul Martin wedding photo.

Cathy Clayson and Paul Martin wedding photo.

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

OSHAWA, Ont. — He is her estranged husband, the attacker Cathy Clayson insists tried to slash her throat on a lonely road in Jamaica and the man she claims got away with attempted murder.

Now in an odd, compelling scenario, the former Ajax, Ont. couple is facing each other in court yet again and this time, Paul Martin is inflicting pain as her smug inquisitor as she seeks the justice she believes she was denied by a foreign court.

The terrified mother implored the judge to terminate Martin’s supervised access to their two young kids and make a civil finding, which requires a much lower standard of proof, that he had indeed tried to kill her on that deserted road on Dec. 23, 2010 — despite his acquittal by a Jamaican court in 2011.

“There’s so many women out there that have died at the hands of their partner and so many children that have died by their parents. The only difference between me and these people is that I survived this. I survived to tell my story,” the bank employee said, as she struggled to maintain her composure.

After many domestic murders, people complain about all the warning signs that were ignored, she said. “We’ve had the biggest warning sign ever. This man tried to take my life from me.”

Clayson has testified that in 2010, her marriage was in trouble: She found Martin controlling and obsessive and planned to leave him after their Jamaican trip. Before heading to the airport to fly home, she said he insisted on stopping on a road outside Montego Bay to take some last photos. He was behind her in the backseat getting his camera when she told the court he suddenly drew a hooked, gutting knife across her throat and then tried to strangle her when she attempted to flee.

Eventually a cabbie found her and rushed her to hospital.

Martin initially told Jamaican police that a robber slashed his wife. He later changed his story and said Clayson had attacked him and was injured during their struggle. She was shocked when a Jamaican jury believed his story and set him free. Their custody battle began immediately upon his return to Ontario.


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