The Dave Benjamin murder proceedings

Three more witnesses have given evidence at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court in the Preliminary Inquiry against Dave Benjamin, facing a charge of Non-Capital murder against a U.S citizen, Jessica Colker.

The first to take the stand at Monday’s court sitting before Magistrate Karen Noel was Richard John, a resident of Coals Gap in St. David’s, a fellow villager of the accused.

THE NEW TODAY understands that John’s name was used as an alibi by the suspect when he was apprehended by the police in January.

District Medical Officer for the Parish of St. David, Dr. John Layne was also called to give evidence as he was the medical personnel who was called to the scene after Colker’s body was discovered.

The last witness called to the stand to give evidence was Officer attached to the Criminal Records Office (CRO) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Detective Sergeant Dominic Daniel who gave a detailed explanation of records taken as a result of the murder.

Colker lost her life on January 24th, one day after she and her husband, Brian Melito arrived in Grenada for vacation at the La Sagesse Nature Centre.

The two went on a leisure walk on a remote beach just past the La Sagesse beach where they were allegedly taken hostage by Benjamin.

Melito was told to run by the attacker who took away his wife, raped her and then killed her.

The husband managed to get help to return to the area where the attack had taken place.

His wife’s body was discovered about an hour later and a post-mortem conducted concluded that the lady had died as a result of extensive skull fracture and asphyxia.

The next hearing for the Dave Benjamin PI is set for August 19.

Approximately 18 witnesses have already given evidence in the inquiry. Three more witnesses will be called by the State before closing its case.

The Prosecution is hoping to get a trial date in the high court for  the murder case in the criminal assizes before year-end.

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