Sarah Lyn Augustine, who the police accused of killing her two children, is making a passionate plea to tell her side of the story by testifying in a court.
Augustine has been making her intention known that she wants to have her case reopened in a series of postings on her Facebook page and emails, which included one to Dominica News Online.
She also spoke about it in an interview with DNO.
“I am not running away from justice,” Augustine told DNO. “But no one will let me talk. I don’t want to be quiet. They have kept me quiet for too long.”
Earlier this year, Director of Public Prosecution Gene Pestaina, decided to discontinue the murder case against Augustine. He told Dominica News Online back then that his decision was based on a psychiatrist’s report and the intervention of Canadian authorities. Augustine is a citizen of Canada.
She was charged on September 28, 2010 for the murder of her two children, five-year-old Rachael Vigilant and two-month-old Sophia Vigilant.
Augustine said throughout her entire time in custody her family never allowed her to tell her side of the story. “My family is so afraid of justice that they would rather I go free and leave this case open than have me talk,” she said in the email to DNO. “So please this once will someone let me testify in an open court where I don’t feel threatened.”
The matter took another twist when she made a shocking revelation on her Facebook page: “Yes I killed my kids… but I was not alone … and now I want to tell the truth. Everyone loves me soo much that they are willing to hide a murderer in Dominica instead of letting me finish this court case.”
In the telephone interview with DNO Augustine said she is willing to testify in court because she wants justice for her children. “I cannot stand the fact that there is no justice for my two kids,” she explained. “I want a fair trial so everyone could move on with their lives.”
When told by Dominica News Online that allowing the case to be reopened could have repercussions for her, Augustine said she is willing to take whatever that comes. “I don’t mind the repercussions,” she said. “I’d rather go to prison than to let a lie live.”
Augustine said she would like to testify in an open court but it would have to be in another location away from Dominica. However, DNO understands from a legal perspective this cannot happen since the crime took place in Dominica.
Host of Q95’s Hot Seat, Matt Peltier, will air a half-hour taped interview with Sarah Lyn Augustine on his programme on Friday morning, 31st August.