Prosecution ends its case in Rodman Lewis murder trial

After 6 weeks of pleading its case to the court with nearly 18 witnesses, the prosecution closed its case in the Rodman Moses Lewis murder trial, on November 13, 2020.

Lewis, who is accused of the 3 November, 2015, murder of his ex-girlfriend and child’s mother, Tricia Riviere, pleaded not guilty to the crime at his arraignment on September 22, 2020.

The prosecution’s case began on October 6, 2020, with State Attorney, Sherma Dalrymple, leading the matter which is being heard by a five-man, four-woman jury with presiding Judge, Justice Wynante Adrien-Roberts.

Legal challenges by Defense Counsel, Anthony Commodore and counter arguments Dalrymple occupied most of the courts time in the last few weeks. However, during the final week of the prosecution’s case, four witnesses were called to the stand including Bertillia Bethel, translator, Police Constables Johnson Bannis and Etiene Reid and Elizabeth George, a clerk at the Magistrate’s Court to provide evidence that the Pathologist, Yaima Breuchus Muniz had performed the autopsy on the deceased and had left island thereafter on November 6, 2017, and has yet to return since.

Which permission from the court, George read the post mortem report from Dr. Breuchus Muniz which stated that Riviere died as a result of traumatic shock due to multiple injuries to her head.  The autopsy further revealed blunt force trauma such as crush of brain and fracture of the neck with associated injuries to her face which was severely distorted. The report further stated her left eye and head were deformed whilst there was severe skull trauma.

On the final day of the prosecution’s case, Sate Attorney Dalrymple, called Magistrate Michael Laudat to the stand who was the Police Prosecutor for the matter during Preliminary Inquiry.

Earlier in the case, throughout his testimony, Investigating Officer for the matter, Sergeant Chaucer James had told the court that along with Laudat he had visited the exhibit room following the passage of Hurricane Maria where the evidence was stored about which Defense Attorney, Commodore, expressed concern.

However in his testimony, Laudat stated the reason why such action was carried out of the presence of the accused or his attorney was because, after Hurricane Maria in 2017, he became aware that the exhibit room was severely compromised, and under instructions from Magistrate Bernard Pacquette, an inspection of the room was carried out and later some of the exhibits which were compromised were repackaged.

The matter will resume today at 9:00 a.m., when the defendant will get an opportunity to present a defense.

The accused will have three options to choose from: to give evidence on oath from the witness-box and be liable to cross-examination like any other witness; to make an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock and thereby escape from cross-examination, or, to remain silent.

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6 Comments

  1. Da gege
    November 17, 2020

    I dont understand why they would even want to hear him out … he killed the girl in cold blood the same person who gave him a child … now this child is growing up without his mum I won’t even consider that murder to be his father … he always had a rage and a sly smile … but at the end of it all every dog has his day … so lock him up and throw away the key he dont need no pity party ..he to rot behind bars ….

  2. Gregory
    November 17, 2020

    That bastard seats in the court and shows no remorse .. what kind of animal is that? Can u believe that a man can take a heavy cylinder and hit his own child mother lick cylinder in her head so much times until her head was flattened and sits in a court pleading not guilty.. looking to escape punishment for his evil doin? Man tie that man behind a Bedford truck and drag that on a old village road that fill with holes.. that’s to show u how evil humans can be.. cold world..

  3. Ricardo de Antonio Delgado Maria
    November 16, 2020

    As amazing as sentencing the guy to death by hanging or any other form of a death penalty may sound, its not worth it. Think about it my people, killing this man will not punish him, it will only end his suffering and problems. And that my people is only doing this bastard a favor. Keep him alive, sentence him to 25 years to life in a smelly rotting solitary confinement with no room for sunlight & 1 BLOODY MEAL A DAY.

  4. Blackman
    November 16, 2020

    Sure a real narcissist, he should have made a plea bargain for a reduced sentence, spare the agony of reliving the brutal murder of their loved one, and spare the State it’s time and resources. Jail him for life and no parole. Mister is sick

  5. Sick of abusers
    November 16, 2020

    Better mister just shut his mouth. All this evidence and he have a not guilty plea. I think he is a narcissists and he just wanted to relive this senseless attack to the mother of his child for his own sick pleasure.
    It’s too bad we don’t have the death penalty cause this is what he deserves. To suffer in an electric chair or death by hanging or something!

    • Look and learn
      November 16, 2020

      We do have the death penalty, these judges are just too slack with the law.

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