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.”


Vote for incumbent Princes Town MP Barry Padarath.

This was the call of former Opposition Senator Wade Mark yesterday, as he criticised the People’s National Movement (PNM) for raising an issue about Padarath’s nomination papers.

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) is hoping “good sense prevails” today and Government announces the closure of all primary schools to prevent further Covid-19 transmission.

The validity of Barry Padarath’s nomination will not stop Princes Town voters from casting a vote for the UNC stronghold on August 10.

This is according to a number of constituents who were interviewed by the Express yesterday in the face of the PNM’s intention to file legal action challenging Padarath’s eligibility to contest the Princes Town seat.

THERE was confusion at the Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Licensing Office yesterday when more than 60 people arrived but were not immediately allowed to enter because of changes to the appointment system and Covid-19 restrictions.

It caused a back-up of people, very few of whom were practising physical distancing, in front the entrance for several hours.

Joint Trade Union Movement leader Ancel Roget yesterday lashed out at newspaper editors, using the historically derogatory ‘N’ word for African house slaves to describe them.