trying to block: Attorney Fitzgerald Hinds tries to avoid our photographer when the Sunday Express visited the home of Cheryl Miller at Belmont yesterday. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

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Hinds knocks media 'vultures'

By Renuka Singh

Opposition Senator and lawyer Fitzgerald Hinds yesterday took the media to task for continuing to pursue the Cheryl Miller matter.

The Sunday Express yesterday attempted to visit Miller and members of her community at St Francois Valley Road, Belmont, and were called "vultures" by Hinds, who was also waiting nearby to visit with her.

Though Hinds later apologised for the outburst, he stressed that Miller was a "traumatised woman" who needed to rest and needed some space "away from the media".

Even as members of the media explained that they were there to highlight Miller's situation and speak to her neighbours for corroboration, he reiterated that it was vulturistic behaviour to "hound the woman".

He said her legal team was now seeking to have her medically and psychological evaluated to prove she is mentally sound.

He said she had to undergo a toxicology assessment to determine just what was administered when she was a patient.

Hinds then pleaded with the media to leave Miller alone.

Community members, who spoke with the Sunday Express under the condition of anonymity, described a quiet family. They say the Miller sisters lived in the small hilltop community all their lives and have never shown any indication of abnormal behaviour.

"They real normal, they just real into church and they does keep to themselves," one man said.

"She definitely not crazy," another added.

One taxi-driver said the Miller sisters travelled with him every day and he has never seen them acting out of the ordinary.

They all say the Millers were devout Seventh Day Adventists and stuck close to the church all their lives. "That's all they do—work, church, home," one man said.

Her cousin, John Collins, described her and sister Doreen Miller the same way.

Collins said Miller lives in the same house where she grew up and lived with a disabled father and blind mother before they both passed away.

"Them is children who grew up with elders. I used to pick them up to go to work and if they say two words they say plenty," he said.

"They don't talk, they don't go to parties, their life was work, church and home. They don't really have much to do with people on the outside," he said.

Public Services Association president Watson Duke retained Senior Council Stanley Marcus, Hinds and other junior attorneys from Equity Chambers to continue fighting Miller's case.

Marcus then promised to file a constitutional motion as soon as the long weekend was over.

—Renuka Singh

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