Gasparillo woman charged with neighbor’s murder

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Gasparillo woman charged with neighbor’s murder

A 48-year-old Gasparillo woman who surrendered to homicide detectives on Wednesday was charged today with the October 15th killing of her neighbour Randy Joseph, 29.

MARIA SIMON, aka ‘Shelly,’ of Houssa Trace, Gasparillo, is scheduled to appear virtually before a San Fernando Magistrate on Monday 14th November, 2022, to answer the charge of Murder.

The charge was laid by Detective Aphesha Valdez of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region Three Office following the advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, SC.

According to police reports, on the evening of October 15th, 2022, Joseph was seated in the front veranda of his flat family home located at Houssa Trace, Gasparillo, in the company of family and friends.

While there, police were told, a woman known to them, entered the yard, angrily shouting accusations of stone throwing.

Police later learnt that the woman was allegedly armed with a knife which she brandished while approaching Joseph. He was subsequently knifed several times about the body. The suspect then escaped as Joseph stumbled his way back to the yard where he fell to the ground unresponsive.
HBI Region Three Detectives later took lead of the enquiry.

On Wednesday, the suspect, accompanied by her attorney, surrendered to the HBI Three Office and was later interviewed in relation to the Joseph’s death.

She was then charged with the offence following the investigation which was spearheaded by Superintendent (Ag.) Sean Dhillpaul.