Victim’s personality traits probed

After three days of hearing about Sabrina Schirn from her friends and relatives, Randy Martin’s attorney conceded that she had ‘an attractive personality and people liked her and she worked hard.’

David Evans, who is defending Martin on the charge of murdering Ms Schirn, made the comment in court on Friday to Sabrina’s sister, Alana Pinet.

He also asked Ms Pinet if Sabrina, 21, associated with ‘thuggish-type boys’ and she said yes.

Mr. Evans and his instructing attorney, Adam King, explored Ms Schirn’s associations, especially around the time before her body was found last 17 March in an isolated area of East End near a farm run by Northward Prison.

She was last seen and spoken to by her friends on Wednesday, 11 March. Martin, 37, was one of seven inmates working that day at the prison farm.

Providing insight into Ms Schirn’s personality, Tanya Christian said she and Sabrina were best friends for almost 10 years and that they saw each other nearly every day and communicated every day.

Ms Christian agreed with Mr. Evans that Sabrina was outgoing, jovial and very friendly.

‘She had a lot of boyfriends?’ he asked.

‘She had a lot of male friends,’ Tanya corrected.

Amelia McTaggart also spoke of Ms Schirn’s great personality. She also said that if Ms Schirn’s boyfriend started seeing someone else, she would leave him.

Ms McTaggart said Sabrina had a relationship with someone named Lance.

‘It was serious for a bit; she wasn’t dating anyone else.’

Then Lance went to prison, Ms McTaggart said.

Asked if she, Ms Christian and Ms Schirn ever discussed threats against Sabrina made by Lance’s girlfriend, Ms McTaggart said yes, noting later, ‘This is Cayman…There’s always tension between exes.’

Ms McTaggart said she knew that Lance and Martin were related, whether cousins or uncle/nephew she was not sure.

Debra McTaggart, owner of Blockbuster Video, gave evidence about Ms Schirn as an employee and as friend of her daughter, Amelia.

‘She was a good worker, very responsible,’ she said. ‘If she would be late, I would always get a call. She was a delightful person, fun.’

Mr. Evans asked if Sabrina had a lot of boyfriends. Mrs. McTaggart said that wasn’t something she got into [when talking to one another].

‘But I knew she had boyfriends – most girls do.’

She said she knew of two incidents, one in which the tyres of Ms Schirn’s car were flattened and one in which the car was keyed. On one occasion she saw a man leaving the store.

‘I was told by customers and Sabrina that he had threatened her,’ she said, adding that the man had come into the store with a tyre iron.

One of Friday’s witnesses was Dr. Mark Shuman, a medical examiner from Florida, who performed the autopsy in this case on 21 March.

He listed 15 sites of wounds, from the top of the head and face to the mid-back. He said chop wounds to the arms and hands would be considered defensive injuries.

No one wound by itself was rapidly lethal, but together they caused loss of a great deal of blood. Mr. Shuman said the wounds to the head could have caused her to lose consciousness. He could not say how long before death occurred, but it was probably less than an hour.

Decomposition of the body was moderate to advanced, so he could not say exactly when Sabrina died, but it was days before she was found, not hours. He could not narrow the time down because of factors like weather, conditions of the site and interference by insects or animals.

Mr. Shuman said the injuries were of two types: chop and incise. The usual instruments for chop wounds would be a machete and an axe – anything with weight to it and a sharp edge. A typical instrument for an incise wound would be a knife.