Woman accused of killing Maritime Chairman makes short-lived escape

Woman accused of killing Maritime Chairman makes short-lived escape

The 41-year-old woman who was detained following the murder of Maritime Chairman John Smith, attempted to escape custody after being transferred to the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital, Port of Spain, on Monday morning.

However, her escape was short-lived as she was recaptured by police.

Police said staff at the hospital reported the woman missing at around 5 am, but following quick action, they were able to find the woman near the Botanical Gardens.

Investigators suspect the woman may have been waiting for a relative to pick her up.

Police from the Port of Spain Task Force, Port of Spain CID and the Besson Street station helped in recapturing her.

The post mortem for Smith is expected to take place today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Smith was killed on Friday during a domestic dispute at a residence in Catalina Courts, Saddle Road, Maraval.

The woman was found lying next to his lifeless body and she claimed that she killed Smith by “stamping his head and mashing his head into the ground”.

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