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Coudray-Greaves murder trial: Police investigators vouch for evidence integrity

Published:Wednesday | May 7, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Two police investigators in the trial for murdered Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves yesterday vouched for the integrity of the evidence they handled when they appeared in the St James Circuit Court.



In giving evidence in the case against Ivan Taylor who has been charged for the murder, Detective Constable Dwayne Hines, who was attached to the Area One Scene-of-crime unit at the time of the incident, testified that he was responsible for transporting six sealed pieces of evidence to the police forensic laboratory in Kingston.



He said he secured them in a vehicle and headed to Kingston, then went to the laboratory’s biology department and turned them over to the analyst.



Detective Sergeant Everton Ferguson, who at the time was attached to the Mount Salem Police Station, also testified that the three pieces of evidence, related to the case, which he transported to the police forensic laboratory, were not compromised in any way.



Since the trial started on Wednesday, several witnesses have given evidence including the murdered woman's mother, Trinidadian politician Marlene Coudray.



The trial is slated to continue on Monday.



Coudray-Greaves, who was employed as a Spanish teacher at Cornwall College, went missing in Montego Bay on June 1, 2012, and her burnt remains were subsequently found in a cane-field on the outskirts of Montego Bay 11 days later.



Her corpse was identified through dental records, DNA analysis, and items that her mother recognised.



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