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I was abused

By VASHTEE ACHIBAR Saturday, February 2 2013

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ME AND MY GIRLS: Jamaican Natalie Treasure with her twin daughters Mikayla (right) and Mikaylee yesterday at a secret location where the three are sta...
ME AND MY GIRLS: Jamaican Natalie Treasure with her twin daughters Mikayla (right) and Mikaylee yesterday at a secret location where the three are sta...

A DAY after being released from custody at the Gasparillo Police Station, where she was held for nine days, Jamaican Natalie Treasure yesterday cradled her twin daughters Mikayla and Mikaylee in her arms.

The twins’ father’s name “Mikey” (short for Michael) was tattooed on her right wrist. But despite the joy at being reunited with her daughters, Natalie admitted it was a bittersweet moment as her babies’ father was not there.

Natalie was arrested on January 22, shortly after the twins’ father Michael Apphonso Williams, 23, died at San Fernando General Hospital. The twins were delivered via Caesarean section on December 20.

Natalie was with Williams in the apartment when he was stabbed during an altercation. Speaking with Newsday at a secret location where she is being kept, 34-year-old Natalie, a mother of five (three of her children are with her mother in Kingston, Jamaica) admitted it was very difficult being away from her other children.

Speaking in the presence of Legal Aid attorney Dereck Dindial, who has been assigned to the case, Natalie said, “I used to ask officers at Gasparillo Police Station every day to call and see how the babies doing and they would tell me they are okay.”

“The police were very good to me. All of them used to tell me to trust God and everything will be all right. A female officer in particular observed I was bleeding when I was put in the cell and told me I had to go to the doctor. I want to thank her for being so kind to me. She stayed with me in hospital and helped me,” Natalie said as she wiped away tears.

As she held little Mikaylee in her arms while sister Mikayla slept nearby, Natalie lamented how her life had turned out. Shaking her head she related how one minute she was looking forward to the birth of her twins and the next thing she was in custody, a suspect in the death of the twins’ father.

Natalie said she left Jamaica and came to Trinidad in search of a better life. Natalie said she met Williams two years ago in Kingston where she was a clothes vendor. She said she was the one who told Williams that they should go to Trinidad .

Recalling her life with Williams, Natalie said at first everything was fine between them. But then he became abusive towards her, she claimed. She said they came to Trinidad last July and shortly after he got a job as a security guard. She later alleged that there were times when Michael was “rough with me” and she even had to go to the Mon Repos Police Station to make a report against him.

Natalie claimed that the police asked whether she wanted to press charges against Williams or have some officers come and talk to him. She agreed on the latter. But still the abuse continued, Natalie said.

“Some days he would be good and some days he would just quarrel about everything. He was very moody,” she said. A little over a week before he died, Natalie said, Williams told her they were moving to Marabella.

“I had to go with him as the babies were due anytime. I didn’t know anybody, I didn’t have money to pay rent, so I went with him,” she said. On January 22, she said that Michael began arguing with her about work clothes he placed on a chair in the living room of the apartment home.

“I told him not to put dirty clothes on the chair in the living room in case somebody came, it would not look good. He asked me who I was expecting to come here.” Natalie claimed that as the argument escalated, Michael pushed her while she was holding one of the twins and Michael’s sister Daisy Ann came and he pushed her away, causing her to start to cry.

What followed next was the subject of a police investigation and will now be the subject of a Court Inquest. Hours after the argument, Williams died at hospital. As she wept yesterday during the interview, Natalie said she wanted to apologise to Williams’ family for their loss and expressed the hope that one day the twins could get to meet their grandmother. She also thanked all those who helped her during the time she was in custody. Police officers at the gasparillo police station were singled out for special mention.

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