The mother of 23-year-old murdered Barbadian Corey Poleon testified on behalf of her son in court on Monday morning.
Poleon is alleged to have been killed by Kingshill resident Sherman Webb in the heights of Elmshall in 2009.
Poleon’s mother – Denise Gilkes – described her son to the High Court as someone who was an ambitious, intelligent and spiritual individual who attended church regularly.
She indicated that her son had travelled to Dominica during February of 2009 and again in August of that same year.
Gilkes, along with her daughter Janelle and Lawrence Gilkes, informed the court that saliva samples were taken from them at a lab in Barbados, which was instrumental in helping to identify the remains of their son and brother.
Janelle told the court that she and her brother had a very good relationship whereas Lawrence explained that he and Corey “were not on the best terms.”
All three relatives of the deceased said that Poleon did not contact them at all while in Dominica in August.
Aunt of the accused, Mona James broke down in tears as she testified in court.
She informed the court that her nephew had brought Poleon home as a friend and that she had welcomed him into her home.
According to her, he remained at her home for about four days.
The accused told her that Poleon had returned home when she inquired about his whereabouts.
She explained that murder accused Webb lived with her all his life and that it was not the first time he was bringing home a friend since he has a lot of friends.
Police Coporal Jeffery James is among other witnesses expected to testify on Tuesday when the trial resumes.
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