DOUBLE-MURDER accused Paul Vincent had to be taken for medical attention yesterday after he complained of feeling unwell.
The trial had to be adjourned as Vincent was too sick to follow the case.
The nature of his illness was not revealed.
Justice Mark Mohammed told the jurors that a defendant must be able to participate fully in his trial throughout its duration. “He has to get medical attention ... We will not have court today (yesterday),” Mohammed said.
He said the matter will continue today with defence attorney Rekha Ramjit entering the second day of her closing address. It was on Wednesday, Ramjit began speaking to the jury, telling them that the evidence of several of the civilian State witnesses in the case was “purely circumstantial” and none of them had seen Toolsie being attacked or killed.
Ramjit said that several of the injuries that Vincent allegedly had were stated differently by various prosecution witnesses, including finger nail marks.
“He could have gotten those finger nail marks during consensual sex with (Leslie-Ann) Bowen (Vincent’s common-law wife) ... By vigorous consensual sex,” she said.
Ramjit also told the jury that integral parts of the evidence the State needed to prove, were missing, and witnesses seemed to be making up evidence. She spoke of the testimonies given by Toolsie’s sister in law, her neighbours, doctors, Vincent’s friend and Bowen and said that there were too many inconsistencies when their evidence were compared.
She said that her client could not be found guilty of the crimes.
Vincent is charged with killing teenager Pixie Lakhan and Toolsie, 40.
Lakhan’s went missing a month before her remains were found on April 22, 2005.
Toolsie’s decomposing body was found in a precipice on April 18, 2005, three days after she went missing.
Ramjit said that the State did not have the exact time that Toolsie died as the pathologist testified that she was killed between April 15, 2005 and the following day.
It is the State’s case, as led by attorney Renuka Rambhajan, that Toolsie was killed by Vincent on the morning of April 15 .
Ramjit said that no testimony was heard as to whether, on that Friday morning, Toolsie had boarded the maxi that would usually take her to work.
She told the jury that Toolsie therefore may not have been killed that morning and queried why the State did not call the maxi driver, “the one person” who could who could have confirmed whether Toolsie was in the maxi taxi.
Ramjit said the State brought circumstantial evidence from witnesses to suggest that Vincent was seen in the area where Toolsie’s body was found and also that he was seen in a condition that suggested that he raped and strangled her.
Ramjit, who is being instructed by attorney Michael Rooplal, is expected to finish her closing address on Monday.
Rambhajan will then begin addressing the jury on Tuesday.
On November 4, Mohammed is expected to begin summing up the case. This is expected to last four days.