A lawyer who had appeared in court on behalf of two of the three teenaged women on a murder charge has dropped the case.
Lawyer Israel Bruce told the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown on Thursday that he would like to be removed as counsel on record for Twanecia Ollivierre, 19, and Taylor Mofford, 18.
The two women, along with Alana Hudson, 18, are charged with the Sept. 4, 2017 murder of 23-year-old Simonia Da Silva.
When the preliminary inquiry came up again on Thursday, Bruce told the court, “It appears that there is a difficulty in getting some energies in the action.”
His comments were an apparent reference to his clients’ failure to pay their legal fees.
Bruce spoke in such a way that the remainder of his comments was barely audible to those sitting in the gallery of the small courtroom.
Also on Thursday, lawyer Grant Connell took over the defence of Hudson, replacing Ronny Marks.
Marks is now representing Mofford.
Before Thursday’s developments, the Crown and defence had agreed to proceed by way of a paper committal.
However, Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that with Thursday’s developments, there could be a setback.
The matter was adjourned to April 11.
Da Silva, 23, died after being stabbed repeatedly during what her family has presented as a mob attack outside their Fair Hall home
Editor’s note: This story was revised after publication to correct the names of the attorneys who are representing the various accused.