THE ATTORNEY representing Paul Vincent yesterday described her client as a petty thief, not a murderer.
Vincent is charged with killing Taramatie Toolsie, 40 and teenager Pixie Lakhan eight years ago.
Defence attorney Rekha Ramjit in the third day of her closing address to the jury hearing the double murder trial, yesterday said that although the State brought to light that Vincent had convictions for crimes against a woman, he was no killer.
Ramjit yesterday said, “He is a person guilty of indecent assault and assault during an attempt to rob. He does not have the propensity to commit murders ... This defendant was a petty thief ... There was nothing to indicate that he wanted to choke, rape and murder (the woman) .... There is nothing similar to what has been led as evidence between Taramatie Toolsie and Pixie Lakhan,” Ramjit said.
Vincent is charged with killing both Toolsie, 40 and Lakhan, 16, back in 2005.
Toolsie’s decomposing body was found in a precipice three days after she went missing while Lakhan’s remains and personal belongings were found a short distance away from her home a month after she failed to return home from school. Both women had been raped and strangled.
The trial is being heard before Justice Mark Mohammed in the San Fernando First Criminal Court.
Ramjit yesterday said that the State brought the bad character evidence of Vincent’s two convictions to show the circumstances of this offence and to say that this was Vincent’s “stamp” and the way he operated.
She said the State was saying that he followed women into isolated areas, he committed non-consensual acts against them and acts of harm.
But Ramjit said that Vincent was only involved in a crime she called “choke and rob” where victims are held by their necks and their belongings stolen.
She said that when Vincent held the woman (against whom he was found guilty of committing the crimes) in the bear hug and they fell into a precipice, he spent 15 minutes talking to her.
“He did not grab her down and try to rape her ... He was holding onto her ankles ... He had ample time to rape but didn’t do that, “ Ramjit said.
The matter is expected to continue today.
Attorney Michael Rooplal is instructing Ramjit in the matter.
State attorney Renuka Rambhajan is presenting the prosecution’s case.