Killed: Vera Golabie

THE SISTER of the woman stabbed to death by her husband, a special reserve police officer, at their Matura home on Thursday, is begging other women to leave abusive relationships at the first sign of trouble as it only gets worse.

The Express met the woman’s relatives at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday where they had gone to identify her body and witness her post mortem which concluded that she died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

The woman was the mother of two boys and one girl all of whom witnessed her being killed when around 4 p.m. she and her husband got into a heated argument.

Police said during the quarrel, the woman walked away but the cop called her back.

She walked back to him but when she got close he drew a knife and stabbed her repeatedly to her neck, police said.

As she fell to the ground he walked off, leaving the children. When he got to the Matura Police Station he walked in and told his colleagues what he did. The suspect and other officers then went back to his home where they found the woman’s body. The children had fled to a neighbour’s house.

The sister said the relationship between her sister and the officer was good for the first five years.

“After that everything went downhill. He was unfaithful to her and as the biggest sister in our family I told her that it does not get better,” she said.

“She would leave him and then go back to him as she would always go back for the children because whenever they separated he would refuse to provide for them and she would say that she could not see her children stay hungry. As a mother I would say when children cry we would feel it the most,” she said.

She said about a month ago the couple separated again but this time she did not immediately go back. During this time he sold their small house for $100,000.

As her sister confronted him about the sale on Thursday he became more and more enraged until he finally snapped and stabbed her, she said.

She advised other women in abusive relationships to “at least try to get some self-defence classes because as women we have a lot of mouth not strength, and I think if we could defend ourselves we will be okay,” she said.

To her sister’s alleged killer, she said: “I wish him luck and I hope my sister is in a better place but again, I urge other women, leave an abusive situation as soon as it starts.”


A soldier who attempted to break up a gathering at his son’s birthday lime in Point Fortin was shot dead by a police officer ­yesterday.

Lance Corporal Keverne Miller, 42, of Lakeview, Point Fortin, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Point Fortin Area Hospital.

Miller served 16 years in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, his father, Daffort Miller, 73, said.

“I thought it was garbage.”

These were the words of a 45-year-old man on Thursday night while speaking to investigators in Valencia at the scene of an accident which claimed the life of 49-year-old Elvis Marcano.

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WEDNESDAY’S ruling by Justice Frank Seepersad in favour of the Trinidad Express against the State was not just a victory for the media fraternity in this country but also across the Commonwealth and Caribbean.

In a statement from its Barbados headquarters yesterday, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) said it welcomed the ruling by Justice Seepersad in which he declared the warrants used by police to search the media house in March last year were “plainly irregular”, unlawful and unconstitutional.