Vandyke King, the Park Hill man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death while she was holding their 1-year-old daughter in her arms, last Saturday, cried as he arrived at court on Tuesday.
King, a 34-year-old former police officer, arrived at the Serious Offences Court in handcuffs and wearing a blue t-shirt, long blue jeans and slippers, escorted by officers from the Major Crime Unit.
He is charged that he murdered Mickiesha Gumbs, 26, at Park Hill last Saturday.
King, his eyes red, apparently from crying, used a hand rag to wipe tears from his eyes as he made the short walk from the police SUV to the court building.
“Don’t cry. Don’t cry,” a woman, said to be one of his relatives, told the accused murderer as he walked.
Before the court proceedings began, King asked detectives to allow him to speak with his brother, who he said was in the hallway immediately outside the courtroom.
King’s matter was the first on Chief Magistrate’s Rechanne Browne’s list when the court opened shortly after 9 a.m.
She read the murder charge to the man, telling him that he was not required to plead to the indictable offence.
Court orderly Corporal of Police Atnel Ash told the court that the prosecution had identified 15 witnesses and were asking for three months before the commencement of a preliminary inquiry.
King, an aviation security officer at Argyle International Airport, was remanded in custody until June 15.
Counsel Ronald Marks is representing him.
On Monday, Gumbs’ older sister, Joseth Gumbs told iWitness News that King had repeatedly abused her sister during their five-year relationship.
Reports are that King accosted Gumbs and stabbed her in the neck after someone called him at his workplace, telling him that someone driving a vehicle had just brought his girlfriend home.
King is said to have left the airport, where he worked, and travelled to Park Hill, where he allegedly murdered his girlfriend. Joseth told iWitness News that a pastor had met Mickiesha, her daughter, and other relatives and had given them a ride as they were walking home.