The murder trial of the Soufriere family who are charged with the murder of their brother on September 24, 2010 went into second day on Tuesday following its March 5th, 2012 start at the High Court in Roseau.
Lauretta and Herbert Xavier and Manuella Williams who were involved in an altercation with their brother Harrison Williams at Soufriere on September 24th 2010, are accused of having caused his death.
Herbert Xavier is represented by Wayne Norde while Lauretta Xavier is represented by Dawn Yearwood Stewart; Roland Charles is the lawyer for Manuella Williams.
On the opening day of the trial, Jacqueline Williams the wife of the deceased took the witness stand giving an eyewitness account of what happened on that dreadful night.
Her 12 year old daughter Hershema Williams also testified.
She told the court that she was sitting in her dad’s vehicle and saw all three accused persons beat her father.
She admitted that the lighting in the area was not the best but stated that the head lights of her father’s vehicle were on and so she was able to see some of what was happening.
“It was a bit dark….but I was able to see a little thing,” she said.
Under cross examination from defense counsel Dawn Yearwood-Stewart she denied suggestions that she “made up the story.”
“I saw all what happened,” she stated.
She describes her uncle Herbert as “a quiet man”.
Cuban pathologist, Dr. Iracel Maria Pineira Garcia, who performed the autopsy on the body of the deceased on September 30, 2010, was not in court to testify but her statement was read by the magistrate who took her evidence after the prosecution had laid the proper foundation.
Among Dr. Garcia’s findings were, fractures to the 6th and 7th ribs, open 10 and 6 cm wounds to his body, internal and external hemorrhage.
She sited multiple trauma to the victim’s head and thorax resulting in internal bleeding and shock as an associated factor for the cause of death.
The case will enter its third day on Wednesday March 7, 2012.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gene Pestaina along with State Attorneys Clement Joseph and Arthlyn Nesty are leading prosecuting on behalf of the state.
The case is being heard by High Court judge Brian Cottle.