Gibbings ‘lured to death by ex-girlfriend’

  • Officers investigate at the murder scene (File photograph)

    Officers investigate at the murder scene (File photograph)

  • Stab victim: Marcus Gibbings

    Stab victim: Marcus Gibbings

A man stabbed to death 13 years ago was lured to his death by an ex-girlfriend, a Supreme Court trial was told yesterday.

The body of Marcus Gibbings, 32, was found at an apartment at Derwent Lane, Devonshire, on October 26, 2006.

Katrina Burgess and Cleveland Rogers are charged with the premeditated murder of Mr Gibbings.

Both deny the charge.

Larry Mussenden, for the Crown, told jurors that Mr Gibbings, originally from Trinidad, was the ex-boyfriend of Ms Burgess.

He said that Ms Burgess and Mr Gibbings were involved in a relationship for “several years” and had lived together “in a few places”, including an apartment at 10 Derwent Lane.

Mr Mussenden said that on or about October 20, 2006, Mr Gibbings moved out of the apartment and into another he had found earlier that month.

He told the court that Mr Gibbings was “lured” by Ms Burgess to meet her at the apartment they had shared “to discuss some things” on the night of October 25, 2006.

Mr Mussenden said Ms Burgess was not at the apartment.

He added: “When Marcus Gibbings went to 10 Derwent Lane, he met his death.

“He was ambushed and stabbed multiple times.

“He was found the next day, late morning, by some coworkers when he didn’t show up for work.”

Mr Mussenden said that Ms Burgess was out in Hamilton with a friend on the night of the alleged murder.

He explained: “She stayed at work late, having some drinks with a friend.”

Mr Mussenden said that Ms Burgess and the friend then went for dinner and drinks in the city.

He added: “We say that what she was doing was establishing an alibi, having lured Mr Gibbings back to the apartment where he was killed.

“We say that Cleveland Rogers was the man that ambushed him and stabbed him to death.”

Mr Mussenden told the courtroom that Ms Burgess and Mr Rogers were half-siblings.

Constable Eric Woods, a crime scene investigations expert, told jurors that he had taken photographs and video footage at 10 Derwent Lane in the days after Mr Gibbings’s murder.

The court heard that fingerprints were taken from items in the apartment and some pieces of furniture were taken to be examined.

The jury saw pictures of red stains at the entrance to the apartment and Mr Gibbings’s body lying on the floor.

Mr Woods said he had also taken photographs at a post-mortem examination performed on Mr Gibbings at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The trial continues.

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