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Dead man’s statement places Coudray-Greaves in accused killer's car

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Christopher Thomas,  Gleaner Writer



WESTERN BUREAU:

The statement of a witness, who is no longer alive, placed deceased Trinidad and Tobago school-teacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, whose burnt remains were found in a Montego Bay cane field, in the car of accused Ivan Taylor on the night she went missing.




In a witness statement signed by Donovan Anderson, which was read in court yesterday, the witness, who is now dead, stated that he had seen Coudray-Greaves in Taylor’s car on the early morning of June 2, 2012, the last time she was seen alive.



According to him, he had met Coudray-Greaves at a party sometime in April 2012, and had made her acquaintance.



On the night when he entered Taylor’s car as a passenger, he said Coudray-Greaves greeted him and reminded him that they had met previously.



“‘Rasta, you don’t remember me? A di Trinidadian girl’,” the witness’s statement read. “I was talking to her, and the car drove in the direction of Montego Bay and I asked the driver to let me off at Green Pond’s square, which he did.”



The witness said that earlier, when he had entered the car, he had greeted Taylor, who was a fellow Rastafarian.



However, Taylor never answered.



“When I stopped the car and went inside it, I greeted the driver, who was a Rasta, meaning he had dreadlocks and was wearing a grey-coloured cap,” the witness’s statement read.



Coudray-Greaves, who formerly taught language at Cornwall College, went missing on the night of June 1.



Her burnt remains were found in a cane field on the outskirts of Montego Bay, and the body was so badly burnt that it took DNA evidence and her dental records to confirm her identity.



Taylor, who operated on-and-off as an on-call taxi driver for Coudray-Greaves, was arrested and charged for her murder on June 30, 2012.



Despite being offered bail, he has been in custody since his arrest.



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