Da Silva Blacked Out Before Killing Wife; Neighbors Blocked His Escape

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Published: June 13, 2017 8:08 am AST
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As the matter of the murder of Jamaican national Mrs. Sherika Nelson-Da Silva unfolds, through the allegations presented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Kim Hollis QC, the court heard that the accused, Mr. Lennox Franklyn Da Silva allegedly blocked out prior to the killing, having been triggered by something his wife said.

The court also heard that the accused was unable to leave the premises following the incident, as neighbors allegedly blocked him in.

Da Silva, 52, who is charged with the murder of his wife, Mrs. Nelson-Da Silva, appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, June 12.

As the charge is an indictable one, a plea was not requested from the accused. The matter will move forward in paper committal, and the court will decide whether sufficient evidence is brought against the accused to send the matter forward to the High Court.

As outlined by the DPP, the accused, who is originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, along with his wife, and two children -- an 11 year-old boy and a 4 year-old girl, lived in Tiger’s Apartment in Greenland. They have been married since 2014.

On June 10, police attended to a call from a neighbor and arrived at the premises, where they saw the accused standing in the entrance of his home.

He was allegedly unable to leave the premises, as neighbors had block him in.

On the ground behind him was his wife, laying lifeless.

The court also heard that the two children, who were noted to be present at the time of the incident, were taken out of the apartment and to a safe location by neighbors.

The story further unfolds when the accused was arrested.

Under police questioning, he stated that his wife had arrived home and began packing her things, indicating that she was leaving him.

He disclosed that he had suspected his wife of cheating and had followed her earlier the very same day.

An argument ensued, and she allegedly shouted, “I don’t know why the gunman dem didn’t kill you.” The DPP noted that the accused was shot multiple times in Jamaica in 2014, as a result of an attempted robbery.

It was at this point the accused indicated that "a feelings" came over him, adding he does not recall getting the knife, he just saw blood.

However, later on in the interview, he indicated that he first stabbed her, then held her head from behind and slit her throat.

“Something took over my spirit. I apologize,” he allegedly told police.

To the court, the accused said, "I'm sorry. Please pray for me. Sometimes things happen that we don’t want happen.”

He was remanded to prison and will make another appearance on July 12.
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