Stabbed dad dies
By CECILY ASSON Thursday, January 24 2013
SIX HOURS after being stabbed once in the chest by a close female relative, Jamaican Michael Apphanso Williams, 23, succumbed to his injury while undergoing surgery at San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) on Tuesday.
A 34-year-old Jamaican woman remains in police custody in connection with the killing. She was held shortly after the stabbing walking along Market Street, Marabella and remains at the Gasparillo Police Station. An autopsy was expected to be performed yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.
On Tuesday at about 11 am, Williams — father of one-month-old twins Mikayla and Mikaylee Williams — was stabbed once in his chest during an argument with the woman over a bunch of keys at their Marabella apartment home. He died at 6.30 pm that same day.
The twins who were in the apartment during the time of the stabbing were rescued by neighbours who spotted a bleeding Williams staggering in the yard outside the apartment. The neighbours were yesterday assisting in caring for the babies.
Yesterday, Williams’ neighbours Maureen St Aimee and her niece Desiree Williams were assisting Williams’ sisters Denise and Daisy Ann to care for the twins. Police have since contacted Williams’ mother in Jamaica and told her of his murder.
Police sources said, five Jamaicans — Williams, his two sisters, close friend Kempton Brown and the female suspect — were living in the apartment along with the twins. When Newsday arrived at the apartment yesterday, Williams’ sister Denise Harriot was bathing the twins and feeding them via baby bottles. She was at the time unaware that her brother was dead. Daisy Ann was not home.
Denise told Newsday, before her brother was stabbed, he was doused with hot water by the suspect. She said, last July, Williams arrived in Trinidad from Jamaica in search of a better life. He hailed from Clarendon and the birth on December 20 of his daughters brought him great joy.
Williams and the others formerly lived at Duncan Village, San Fernando and only moved into the Marabella apartment last Saturday.
Denise said she arrived in Trinidad a month ago to join her “favourite brother.” At 10 am yesterday, Southern Division Homicide officers Inspector Matthew Noel and WPC Jenine O’Brian visited the apartment and they were the ones who broke the news to Denise that Williams was dead. Denise started to scream out her brother’s name startling the twins. Denise was comforted by WPC O’Brian.
“Mikey in hospital, he will come home soon,” Denise screamed. Inside, a weeping Brown banged his fists on the walls before leaving. As emotions ran high, O’Brian had to rescue one of the twins who almost fell out of a hysterical Denise’s arms. Daisy Ann arrived accompanied by another police officer and quickly ran to embrace her weeping sister.
“My brother did not deserve this death. He loved his daughters. He would kiss them before he went to work and kiss them when he came back home,” Denise wept.
She recalled that on Tuesday, Williams came home and later asked the suspect for keys to a room in the apartment when the woman became enraged. Denise said she was told that the woman doused Williams with hot water before stabbing him once in the chest.
Saying she was not at home at the time of the stabbing, Denise recalled receiving a chilling telephone call from her sister Daisy Ann who told her about the stabbing. “Daisy Ann called me saying that Mikey was stabbed in his chest. She kept telling me that he was going to die. I asked her if she called for an ambulance, but she said it was taking too long and he was losing a lot of blood,” Denise said.
Brown, who later returned to the apartment while Denise was being interviewed, said, Williams was his friend of many years and he described the stabbing as “real nonsense.”
“Jah know best yes. Mikey was a good and dedicated family man. I left him sleeping and went to work only to hear later that he got stabbed,” Brown said. Officers of the Marabella Police Station and Southern Division Homicide Investigations Bureau are continuing investigations.