Accused killer to know fate Monday
By AZARD ALI Saturday, February 25 2012
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THE jury in the Amy Annamunthodo Murder Trial was repeatedly told yesterday by the judge to pay close attention to the time the four-year-old girl was killed.
“The time-line has become crucial,” Justice Anthony Carmona said in the San Fernando High Court, while summing up the case.
The judge said that accused Marlon King had testified that Amy was alive at 4 pm, but his neighbour said he saw the accused cuffing the child just after midday.
Dr Kris Poolchan’s expert testimony, the judge said, that upon examination of the child at 9.30 pm her body was in a state of full rigor mortis (stiffening of the joints), raises the issue of what time fits accurately with Amy’s killing, in the context of King’s evidence and that of his neighbour, Anthony Andre Rocke.
The judge’s summation began on Thursday and on Monday, he would complete, and the jury trying King for cuffing the four-year-old child to death on May 15, 2006, at their home in Marabella, will retire for a verdict.
King, 39, a night club bouncer, lived with Amy and her mother, Anita, who was 19, at Ste Madeleine Road, Marabella.
Yesterday, Carmona dealt with the evidence of King’s neighbour, Rocke, whom the judge described as the State’s star witness who had testified that of the 46 years he lived in Marabella, he knew King as neighbour and friend for 40 years.
The judge, however, pointed out that King, 39, had disputed that he and Rocke had a close friendship. He invited the jury to assess the truthfulness of Rocke’s claim, as against King’s, given the facts in the case that on May 15. when Amy was killed in the house at Ste Madeleine Road, Marabella, Rocke and King had watch a movie and smoked cigarettes in King’s house.
“The accused left Rocke in the house with Amy sitting on the couch, to go out and buy cigarettes. What you make of that for friendship, is for your consideration,” Carmona said.
State Attorney Mauricia Joseph is prosecuting, while attorney El Farouk Hosein, instructed by attorney Dereck Dindial, is defending King.
The State is alleging that between 11.30 am to midday that day, Rocke went to visit King and while watching a movie, the accused said he was tired and needed to rest. Rocke left, but waited downstairs then felt the two-bedroom wooden house shaking.
Rocke had testified that he walked back up the steps, and peeping through a hole in the door, saw King cuffing the child.
Yesterday, Carmona told the jury that the time of Amy’s death was of grave relevance to the testimony of Rocke, and that of King.
The judge told the jury that the time Rocke would have allegedly seen King cuffing Amy, was at about 2.30 pm on that fateful day. But King’s evidence in defence, was that common-law wife Anita had returned home at about 3.55 pm and Amy was lying in bed. He (King) then left Amy with Anita, and was walking to a friend’s house when the common-law wife called him back to the house, saying: “Amy just stretch out.”
Carmona said that Poolchan’s evidence that medically, a body will be in a state of complete rigor mortis between six to 12 hours of death, put’s King’s evidence against the prosecution’s star witness, Rocke.
Carmona told the jury that Dr Kris Poolchan found that Amy’s body at 9.30 pm at San Fernando General Hospital, was in full rigor mortis which puts time of death between six to 12 hours before. He had said that scientifically, rigor mortis begins within the first two hours of death, and becomes fully established between six to 12 hours.
Carmona said: “The time-line has become crucial, and falls within the time frame of Rocke’s evidence, and if you work out the mathematics, it is for your consideration whether the time of death would fall within Rocke’s evidence, that he left the accused home at about 2. 30 pm.
“Or, the accused evidence that Anita arrived home at about 3.55 pm, and Amy was in bed alive.”
Carmona will complete summing up the case on Monday after which the jury will retire for a verdict.