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for 26TH JANUARY, 2015
JENSEN LA VENDE
The murder of outspoken journal-
ist/television host Marcia Henville
yesterday was described by former
government minister Verna St Rose-
Greaves as horrific and painful.
An autopsy yesterday showed that
before being set ablaze, Henville, as
she lay face down on her bed, was
stabbed repeatedly about the face and
neck, violently struck in the back of
the head and her throat was slit.
Speaking to the media outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, yes-
terday, St Rose-Greaves, a close family
friend, said: "Blunt force trauma and
multiple stab wounds, that is what it
(her post mortem) says.
"It is painful and horrific. We just
have to try to get through this and give
the children the support that they need.
We cant say what is the next step."
Henville, 51, was found dead in her
home at Fidelis Heights, St Augustine,
on Saturday morning. Police and the
Fire Services were called to the scene,
alerted by a fire at the home, and dis-
covered Henville's body in her bedroom.
At the house, there were no major
visible signs of fire damage, as the fire
appeared to have reached only Henville's
bedroom on the upper floor.
Her husband, Sheldon Henville, suf-
fered third degree burns about the body
and is still at the Eric Williams Medical
Complex, Mt Hope. Homicide detec-
tives are yet to interview him but police
sources said he was the last person to
see Henville alive and is also a person
"of keen interest" in their investiga-
One of Henville's friends, Rhonda
Rochard, owner of the Calypso Palace,
a calypso tent based in Morvant, said
she spoke to her the morning she was
killed. She said Henville had been excit-
edly talking about a short feature she
had done on the tent.
She added that Henville lived for her
children--- Chioke, 20, and Nikeiya,
16---who were at home when the inci-
"We have dedicated the entire month
to Marcia because that was the last
place we saw her happy. I am over-
whelmed, I am happy and sad, I don't
know how to feel," Rochard said.
Another friend, Stephen De Shong,
added: "To me, Marcia was the most
down-to-earth loving woman... car-
ing... and would do anything for any-
body without fear."
Those close to Henville said she had
domestic problems and was due to
finalise her divorce yesterday. They said
on numerous occasions she had com-
plained of being threatened but they
never took her seriously given her bold
and supposedly fearless demeanor.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been
beaten, throat slit
Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan says he feels vindi-
cated and now has no problem
with the default judgment in
the Emailgate defamation law-
suit against Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley being set
He was responding to a state-
ment from the Judiciary yester-
day on its preliminary investi-
gation into the circumstances
surrounding how attorneys rep-
resenting Rowley failed to get
critical information on the filing
of their defence in the lawsuit.
The Judiciary said its initial
probe found there was no evi-
dence of a conspiracy to pervert
the course of justice but there
was a failure on the part of an
officer to inform Rowley's attor-
neys about the deadline date.
At the last week's post-Cab-
inet press briefing, Ramlogan
had claimed victory in the law-
suit, which was granted by the
assistant registrar in default after
Rowley's attorney failed to meet
the January 7 deadline to file
Rowley's lawyers, however,
claimed they never received the
deadline date and questioned
how Ramlogan's attorneys alone
received that information from
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Ramlogan said: "Dr Row-
ley and (attorney Faris) Al-Rawi
are quick to pounce on every
opportunity to articulate dan-
gerous conspiracy theories.
"The same way I have been
vindicated of any wrongdoing
in this matter, so too will I be
vindicated in all of the other
outrageous and malicious alle-
gations Dr Rowley has made
Welcoming the quick response
by the Judiciary, Ramlogan said
he had no problem if the judg-
ment was set aside in the inter-
est of justice.
"What I deserve is a full trial
in the matter so that Dr Rowley
can be cross-examined and
asked to produce the evidence
to justify his dangerous claims
"Now that the Judiciary has
confirmed that it was a failure
on its part, I had no difficultly
in agreeing to the judgment
being set aside in the interest of
In a subsequent statement,
Ramlogan said: "I seek no
favours from anyone and I anx-
iously await my day in court.
"Dr Rowley is seeking to have
trial by media instead of trial by
the court of justice. His state-
ments at today's press confer-
ence are provocative and com-
pletely baseless and highlight
his political desperation, as
everything he has tried over the
last four- and-a-half years to
get at me, has failed."
(See page A6)
AG on Judiciary's default ruling:
Verna St. Rose-Greaves, right, speaks to members of the media outside the
Forensic Science Complex, St James, following an autopsy on journalist Marcia
Henville yesterday. At left is Stephen De Shong, a former co-worker of Henville
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Contacted yesterday, Rowley's attorney Faris
Al-Rawi said while he welcomed the findings of
the preliminary report, how or why Ramlogan
himself was e-mailed about the deadline date by
assistant Judicial Support Officer Reshma Pariag
remained a serious concern to the People's
National Movement (PNM).
"I am not aware that my office has received
any communication from the Judiciary as to my
request of the registrar of the High Court for an
inquiry into this matter.
"I wrote to the registrar on January 19, 2015
and did receive an acknowledgment by way of
the acting registrar letter to me of the 20th that
an investigation is being pursued. I will expect to
receive written communication from the
registrar, as is required."
He said the AG's legal team has also not yet
either acknowledged or replied to his letter of
January 15, 2015, seeking information on the
"The Attorney General's statements today that
he does not mind the default judgment being set
aside is once again the Attorney General
conducting litigation in the media and seemingly
without legal representation for himself.
"It is a waste of time and cost for the AG
lawyers to continue to fail to respond to
correspondence written to them by opposing
counsel," he added.
Al-Rawi said the administration of justice
required all participants, and especially legal
representatives as key stakeholders, to play their
respective roles to ensure efficiency in litigation.
"We will await the Judiciary's final report via
the registrar of the High Court and perhaps one
day we may be lucky enough to have the AG's
lawyers actually respond to some of our letters
as opposed to having the AG run to the media."
PNM STILL CONCERNED
"The Judiciary, having conducted preliminary
investigations into the communication made to
the claimant and his attorney in the matter CV
2014 - 03335 and the failure to submit said
communication to attorneys for the defence, has
found no evidence that proves a conspiracy to
"The investigation does show that there was a
failure on the part of one officer to perform
duties in accordance with the practice and
procedures of the court.
"The officer involved has since been re-
assigned to other duties. Further internal
investigation will take place to determine if any
other action should be taken in respect of that
"The Judiciary will provide any necessary
retraining to confirm that all officers are fully
aware of their duties and responsibilities and the
need to discharge same with precision, alacrity
"The examination of our internal quality
control procedures is ongoing with a view to
limiting future occurrences of this nature."
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