|Nyasha murder file for DPP |
NALINEE SEELAL AND COREY CONNELLY Sunday, March 19 2017
Police are expected to approach Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard today with circumstantial evidence in relation to the gruesome killing of Woman Police Constable Nyasha Joseph.
This is because none of the four suspects still in custody have been providing any useful information, sources yesterday told Sunday Newsday. It is expected that Gaspard will peruse meticulously the evidence and make a determination.
The main suspect, a 39-yearold labourer, believed to have been in a close relationship with Joseph, has already told police that he has nothing to say based on legal advice while a 24-yearold- man, who surrendered to police on Wednesday night, also has denied any involvement in the murder of the young policewoman.
Sources also revealed yesterday that a 36-year-old Carenage woman and another Sea Lots man have also denied any involvement in the killing. Two other persons who had been detained were released on Friday.
Officers have until tomorrow to lay any charge against the prime suspect, who has been in custody since March 10. His lawyers have argued a habeas corpus motion, which prevents him from being detained for an unspecified period without charge. Joseph, 22, who was assigned to the Morvant Police Station, went missing on March 9 after leaving her home at Marie Road, Morvant, reportedly to attend to police matters.
The mother of one never returned home and calls to her cellphone went unanswered.
Joseph’s relatives and colleagues hopes of seeing her alive were shattered around 11 am, last Wednesday, when her decomposing body was discovered by a fisherman, trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Paria, just off Sea Lots.
Joseph’s body was wrapped in a plastic bag with weights tied to her feet. The young woman’s face also was smashed and her hands tied behind her back.
The fisherman quickly contacted the TT Coast Guard, which had also been assisting the police with their investigations.
The discovery of Joseph’s body dismissed earlier reports which suggested that she had been killed and buried in a shallow grave in the Sea Lots area.
An autopsy performed last week on her body was inconclusive due to its advanced stage off decomposition.
Joseph had only been working in the Police Service for four months at the time of her death.