A TAXI-driver with two names appeared in a Jamaican court yesterday, charged with the murder of Michelle Coudray-Greaves, the daugh- ter of Gender, Youth and Child Development Minister Marlene Coudray.
According to a story in the Jamaica Observer, the accused, whose name was called as Ivan Taylor and Ojel Cooper, appeared for the abduction and murder of Coudray, a 39-year-old schoolteacher.
The accused's address was also questioned, and a bail application made by his attorney was denied by Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates' Court.
The accused, who has a dreadlocked hairstyle, was remanded in prison custody for six days, until Thursday.
Coudray-Greaves's body was found in a burnt canefield at Barnett Estate, Montego Bay, on June 8, six days after she went missing in Cornwall, near Montego Bay.
She was last seen alive entering a taxi outside Cornwall College where she was expected to fill a teaching position.
She was identified using her dental records, which were supplied to the Jamaican authorities by her mother.
Marlene Coudray stayed for one week in Jamaica where she also witnessed her daughter's autopsy, which concluded that she died from blunt trauma to the head.
Taylor's attorney, Stacy Young, complained in court yesterday that Taylor had been in custody for 26 days before being charged.
The magistrate ordered the accused to be finger-printed. Marlene Coudray did not attend the hearing in Jamaica as she previously indicated she would.
She instead spent yesterday visiting ministry branch offices in Couva, California, Princes Town and San Fernando.
She told reporters she had been in touch with the Jamaican police.
"I plan to be there at some stage. I am hoping (for a) sentencing, and I am so optimistic of a sentencing and I would want to be there," she said.
Coudray was uncertain whether she would be called as a witness in the case.