COP PROBE WEBSITE PHOTO IN GAIL JOSEPH MURDER
By CECILY ASSON Wednesday, June 10 2009
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MURDERED: Gail Joseph...
THE TT Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) is investigating information from a website, including the photograph of a man, identified as the person who was with the mother of four, Gail Joseph, 41, on the night she was murdered in Manzanilla. The photograph of the man is now circulating on the internet, a senior police source told Newsday yesterday.
On May 31, Joseph, of Mary Street, Siparia, went to Manzanilla with a Belmont man whom she met on the internet dating, and social networking website Tagged.com.
She and the man went for a swim and then she reportedly left him to collect something in her car which was parked nearby. She was never seen alive and three days later, her bloated body was found floating in the Manzanilla River. An autopsy revealed she was strangled.
Police said that nine large photographs of a man wearing different clothing and bearing his name are posted on the internet with the heading: ‘Pictures of Gail Joseph man (sic) she met (sic) from Tagged”.
The photographs were now being viewed and circulated by hundreds of persons in cyber space.
The CCU’s involvement is all part of the continuing investigation into the murder of Joseph, who worked as the manager of the law firm Girwar and Deonarine of Court Street, San Fernando. The CCU unit, sources said, is based at Police Headquarters in Port-of-Spain and was recently formed to deal with the growing local phenomena of internet crime.
When Newsday contacted the CCU, an officer said no one would comment on the status of the Gail Joseph murder investigation. However, other police sources confirmed that police are investigating the circumstances and reasons for the photographs of the man being circulated on the internet as being the one whom Joseph met on Tagged.com.
Joseph is not in any of the photographs with the man who wears a large gold chain with a heavy pendant and numerous gold rings. Newsday was told that two computers used by Joseph have been handed over to officers of the CCU who are now going through her account on several websites.
The nine images of the man, posted on the Internet with the claim that he was the one who accompanied Joseph to Manzanilla, is purported to be that of a well groomed 37-year-old offshore worker from Belmont. Police sources said a Belmont man was detained for questioning for several days after Joseph was murdered, but was subsequently released.
Police have expressed concern about the photographs of the man which is now in circulation. “We are aware of it and the Cyber Crime Unit is definitely looking into it.
“It is wrong to circulate the image of a man who has not been charged with a crime,” a senior police officer said.
Police sources added that a fireman was the second person to be interrogated by investigators following Joseph’s murder. He was subsequently released. According to reports, the fireman was involved in a relationship with Joseph about a year ago. Police said several of Joseph’s male internet friends, once located, will be questioned in connection with her murder.
Another theory police are actively working on is the possibility that she may have been stalked by a man from a previous relationship when she went to the beach.