– Victim’s brother testifies to witnessing abusive relationship
Alain Gilgeous, the brother of murdered Sophia woman, Shoala Gilgeous, told the court yesterday, that he is certain
that her boyfriend had killed her.
“Somebody can’t walk off the road and kill my sister just so …Paul and my sister were living alone,” Gilgeous stated under cross examination by Attorney- at –Law, Huckumchand Parag.
The witness provided his portion of evidence via computer software technology, SKYPE, in the matter for which Paul Anthony Lo Hing is on trial for murder.
Lo Hing reportedly strangled his girlfriend, (Shoala Gilgeous) during a heated argument on August 26, 2012.
Residents of Block ‘E’ Sophia recalled that the incident marked a tragic end to the couple’s turbulent relationship.
The victim’s brother, who is currently in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), told the court that he learnt his sister was living with the accused after he returned from the twin-island Republic in February 2012.
The witnesses recalled that the couple would get into constant disagreements and fights during their time together.
He said at one time, he even got involved in the physical altercation between the two. “I had to part them because they were arguing at first and then they start fight and I had to get in and part them.”
The witness told the court that he resided in the adjoining apartment, next door to the couple.
He said that on the day of the incident, the accused called him to inquire whether he had seen his sister.
“He call and ask if I was at home. I tell he that I ain’t reach home yet. He call back three minutes after and ask me to check and see if I see my sister. I tell he that I see the door of the apartment got on a padlock.”
The man said that minutes later Lo Hing entered the yard.
“He had a phone charger on he shoulder …and when I coming out back de yard I see he walk out and jump in a yellow taxi.”
The witness said that was the last time he saw Lo Hing before receiving the news of his sister’s demise.
“I does drive taxi so I headed up to Splashmins. When I reach up there I get a call from Paul. He tell me that my sister ain’t moving, that I must come and take her to the hospital. I call we big sister, Alana, and tell she fuh go and check on Shoala”
As a result of what the accused told him, Gilgeous said that he returned to Georgetown.
“I went to East La Penitence Police Station and then I went to the house with two police officers…My sister was lying on the bed like she sleeping but blood and slime running out she mouth,” the witness said in response to questions by State Attorney, Natasha Backer.
Gilgeous recalled that a crowd had gathered in the yard but the accused “was nowhere around.”
He said that he later went to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he witnessed a post mortem (PM) examination performed on the body of his sister.
The victim’s close relatives were among the first to testify, in the murder trial, which commenced on Wednesday before Justice Diana Insanally and a mixed Jury.
The dead woman’s sister Alana Gilgeous, recalled the day, she received telephone calls from the accused, who asked her “to go check Shoala.”
She inquired of the accused what had happened between him and her sister but he said that he wasn’t sure. However, the man called repeatedly to tell her that she should check on her sister.
“He say they had a problem and she told him to move out.”
She said that she later went to her sister’s home where she found her motionless on the floor of the apartment.
Gilgeous’s teenage daughter also recalled that she was the person to make the discovery.
She said that she went over to her aunt’s apartment and knocked on the door, but got no response. She said that the door was open and she entered the apartment where she found her aunt lying on the floor, motionless.
The girl recalled that her aunt had a boyfriend named “Paul,” at the time identifying him as the accused sitting in the prisoner’s dock.
“She looked as though she was sleeping. I touched her on her shoulder but she wasn’t responding. I called my mother and my father came too. He touched her but she didn’t respond.”
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