Three teenaged girls appeared at the Serious Offence Court on Wednesday, charged with Monday’s stabbing death of 23-year-old Simonia Da Silva of Fairhall.
The three are: Twanecia Ollivierre, 19, unemployed of Campden Park; Alana Hudson, 19, a secretary of New Montrose; and Taylor Mofford, 18, unemployed of Belmont.
The accused murderers were not required to plea to the indictable charge when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias.
Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that the investigator has identified 26 witnesses and is asking for three months before the commencement of a preliminary inquiry.
The trio was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned to Dec. 7, 2017.
Hudson wept as she sat on the prisoners’ bench inside the court, triggering a stern rebuke from the magistrate, who remarked, “I don’t want no sound of weeping in here! It is not your home now! Get it together!”
As the young ladies were escorted to court in the back seat of a police pick-up truck, a modest crowd gathered outside the building in Lower Kingstown Park, hoping to get a glimpse of them.
As they exited the vehicle the accused murderers hid their faces from media cameras and a number of persons, presumably relatives, wept.
And as they passed persons in the corridor, which also doubles as a waiting area, one woman, said to be Taylor’s mother, began to cry loudly.
She was reprimanded by a police officer, who asked her to take her “moaning” elsewhere so as to not disrupt the court.
Da Silva was stabbed in the yard of her house between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday as she and her family tried to make their way home after an altercation with a group of people, said to members of the “Outlaw Crew”.
Her younger sister, Crystal Da Silva, has recounted to iWitness News how she and her mother and stepfather were kept at bay by a volley of glass bottles and watched helplessly as Simonia was repeatedly stabbed outside her home.
She was rushed to hospital, where she died.
Her death brings to 24 the number of homicides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year.