Sunday 26 May, 2019

Couple in 80-year-old woman's murder committed to stand trial

The couple charged with the murder of 80-year-old Dr Claire Broadbridge in September 2017, has been committed to stand trial at the next sitting of the Assizes.

This follows the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry into the charge which began on January 15, 2019, in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court.

Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earl-Caddle committed the accused, 36-year-old John Smith and his common-law wife, 34- year-old Virginia Nedd, to stand trial on February 14, 2019, at the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court.

Dr Broadbridge, a former director of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Fondes Amandes Road, St Ann’s, was found dead at her home on September 2, 2017, with her throat slit and stab wounds to the body.

The victim was discovered in a bedroom after fire officers responded to a report of a blaze at the house which left the living room partially destroyed.

Both Smith and Nedd of Morvant were charged by acting Insp Glendon Richards of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region One, on September 13, 2017.

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