Thursday 23 November, 2017

Morvant couple appears in court for murder of Dr. Claire Broadbridge

John Smith (L) and Virginia Nedd (R)

John Smith (L) and Virginia Nedd (R)

A Morvant couple appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle this morning, charged with the murder of Dr. Claire Broadbridge, which occurred on Saturday 2 September 2017.

John Smith, 34, a joiner, and Virginia Nedd, 32, a janitor, both of Seales Avenue, Morvant, appeared in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court, where the charge was read and the matter adjourned to Thursday 12 October. 

Dr. Broadbridge, 80, a former director of the National Museum and Art Gallery, of Fondes Amandes Road, St. Ann’s, was found dead at her home on Saturday 2 September 2017, with her throat slit and stab wounds about the body. The victim’s body was discovered in a bedroom, after fire officers responded to a report of a fire at the house, which left the living room partially destroyed.

Smith and Nedd, were charged by Insp. (Ag.), Glendon Richards, of Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region One, on instructions from Supt. (Ag.), William Nurse, on Wednesday night.

Insp Creighton Hudson, Cpl Ameer Mohammed and PC Nikruma Porter were also involved in the investigation, which was spearheaded by W/ASP (Ag.) Suzette Martin.