|Jamaican guilty of killing Coudray’s daughter |
By VASHTEE ACHIBAR Friday, May 23 2014
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VICTIM: Daughter Michelle Coudray-Greaves the murder victim....
The Jamaican taxi operator, who was on trial for the murder of Michelle Coudray-Greaves, the daughter of Local Government Minister, Marlene Coudray, has been found guilty.
A 12-member jury which heard the case returned the guilty verdict yesterday afternoon in the Montego Bay Circuit Court.
In an immediate response, Coudray said she was pleased with the verdict.
“I am relieved that justice was served. It has brought a measure of comfort for me and my family, and her friends, but it would not bring Michelle back. It has been difficult for me and the children, but I am relieved that that aspect is over,” she said.
Coudray said she especially wanted to thank the Jamaican police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). She singled out Deputy DPP Maxine Jackson, who prosecuted the case, and Joel Brown also from the DPP’s office for special mention. Coudray said she was very impressed with the professional way in which the case was handled, reminding that it was based on circumstantial evidence.
She also praised all the witnesses who came forward to give evidence, as well as to local orthodontists Dr Shastri Harnaryan, who took two days off from work to go to Jamaica, to give evidence in the case.
She said TT’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Dr Iva Gloudon went to court yesterday for the verdict, and later contacted her.
Taylor, who lived at Westmoreland served as an on-call “cabbie” for the Trinidadian woman, was arrested shortly after her burnt remains were found in a cane field on the outskirts of Montego Bay, on June 10, 2012.
Forensic science was used to determine the identity of the dead woman.
Orthodontist Dr Christopher Ogunsalu used Coudray-Greaves’ dental records to identify her, and consultant forensic pathologist Dr Murari Saranji testified that she died from blunt force trauma to her head.
In the case that lasted 17 days and featured a number of expert witnesses from both the medical and technological fields, the prosecution relied heavily on circumstantial evidence.
Cell site analysis on the night Coudray-Greaves went missing placed Taylor in the vicinity of the location where the body was found.