Jury hears Goldbourne’s interview

The trial of John Talmage Goldbourne, on a charge of murder, continued on Wednesday, when the jury heard his interview with police.

Goldbourne, 56, is accused of murdering Maureen Marie Williams, 29, at his West Bay residence on the night of Wednesday, 18 August 2004. He has pleaded not guilty.

The jury has already heard that Ms Williams was stabbed 67 times and then shot in the head at point-blank range.

The defendant was interviewed under caution on 26 August 2004 in the presence of his attorney, Mr. James Austin-Smith.

The sergeant conducting the interview said she wished to remind him of the reason for his arrest and asked if he understood. His answer was ‘No comment’.

She explained that police attended his residence and found it in darkness. After gaining entry they found him on the floor in a foetal position, his hands covered in blood. Officers found a knife, a gun and an injured female. Goldbourne was arrested and taken to George Town Hospital, where he remained until the weekend.

The officer asked the defendant what he wished to say. Goldbourne replied, ‘I don’t remember any of that.’

Told that neighbours heard an argument in his house between a man and a woman and neighbours and police later heard a sound like a gunshot, Goldbourne replied, ‘I don’t remember any of that.’

Questioned further, he said he drove to church that evening and did not carry any passengers when he left church. When he got home, he went straight to bed.

Asked if he could explain the three bullets found in his car, he said no – except that he left the car open from time to time.

Asked if he could tell the officers how the pistol and knife got into his house, he said no.

Asked if he were a registered firearm holder, he replied ‘No comment’.

The officer asked him about Ms Williams. Goldbourne said she was just somebody with a group of people he used to give a ride to church. People would wait by the gate and ask for a ride – she was one of them. There was no other relationship.

He said she did not go to church with him that night. Asked if he could explain how she got to his house, he said ‘No, I don’t recall.’

The officer put it to him that he and Ms Williams got into an argument at his residence, that he became angry and attacked her with a knife, that at some point he shot her at point-blank range and as a result she died.

The defendant said, ‘No, I don’t recall anything like that…. I did not do anything like that. I don’t remember anything you are suggesting.’

On behalf of the defendant, Daniel Janner QC was scheduled to cross-examine the interviewing officer on Thursday.

Earlier, the jury heard from three police officers who attended the scene.

Police response

Yesterday’s Caymanian Compass reported that one of the neighbours had phoned police after pounding on the door of Goldbourne’s apartment in response to Ms Williams’ screams for help. In fact the neighbour phoned 911.

The first officer who gave evidence said he was on duty in West Bay when they got a report of a domestic dispute involving knives not far from his location. He and two other officers responded and arrived at the residence in two or three minutes. As he proceeded to the rear of the residence he heard a muffled sound like a gunshot.

It was all dark at the back of the residence and he couldn’t see where he was going. He had a light but it became useless after two seconds.

The neighbours were beckoning to him to break down the door and go in. because he wasn’t sure what was going on, he tried to go in as cautiously as he could. He had a pocket knife and pried open the dead bolt.

After another officer found a switch and turned on an interior light, he was able to see clearly the woman lying on the living room floor in a pool of blood. He called 911 for an ambulance and another officer tried to render assistance to her.

The officer giving evidence said he saw a man lying on the floor in the corner of the bedroom. He now knew that man to be the defendant. The man had his eyes closed but they were twitching. He was handcuffed and taken away.

This witness also saw a knife and gun in the bedroom. The knife looked to him like a bread knife with a blade six to eight inches long.

The jury was later shown both the knife and the gun, a .380 Lorcin semi-automatic pistol

Cross-examined by Mr. Janner, the officer said they shouted at Goldbourne and shook him, but he did not respond. He did not try to escape.

The sergeant at the scene said he was the one who formally arrested Goldbourne and cautioned him at his residence that same night. EMTs put a back board down, lifted Goldbourne and carried him out.

He was not positive about using the vehicle siren when the officers responded to the call around 10pm, but he believed they used the blue lights.

The case for the prosecution is being conducted by Senior Crown Counsel Andre Mon Desir, who in his opening address explained the difference between murder and manslaughter. Basically, manslaughter is unlawful killing, while murder is unlawful killing with intent to kill or do grievous bodily harm.

The presiding judge is Mr. Justice Karl Harrison.

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