‘She told me it was a robbery that went bad’

  • Murder victim: Marcus Gibbings

    Murder victim: Marcus Gibbings

The mother of a murder victim yesterday described a conversation she had with a woman charged with his death.

Sandra Ferreira, the mother of Marcus Gibbings, told the Supreme Court Katrina Burgess said her son died in a “robbery that went bad”.

Ms Ferreira, who lives in Trinidad, said Ms Burgess also gave her contact details for the detective involved in the case.

The witness added: “She told me when I spoke to the detective, whatever information they gave me, I must call her and give it to her.”

The body of Mr Gibbings, 32, was found in a pool of blood inside an apartment on Derwent Lane, Devonshire, on October 26, 2006.

Ms Burgess, Mr Gibbings’s ex-girlfriend, and Cleveland Rogers, her half-brother, are alleged to have murdered Mr Gibbings.

Ms Burgess and Mr Rogers both deny the charge.

Ms Ferreira told the court she had met Ms Burgess once before Mr Gibbings’s death.

She said Ms Burgess and Mr Gibbings had flown to Trinidad for Carnival and visited her before they returned to Bermuda.

Ms Ferreira said Ms Burgess had not enjoyed her time in the country.

The witness added: “She said she wouldn’t be coming back to Trinidad because she didn’t like the people either.”

Ms Ferreira said she had a good relationship with her son and spoke with him regularly.

The last conversation between the two women was the Saturday before Mr Gibbings’s death.

She told the court a detective had told her about her son’s death, but she didn’t hear from Ms Burgess until about two weeks later.

Ms Ferreira said: “I asked her why it took her so long to call me to tell me about Marcus.

“She told me that she was traumatised.

Ms Ferreira added: “Katrina said it could have been her. She told me it was a robbery that went bad.”

The witness said Ms Burgess had also asked her if she knew if Mr Gibbings had his wallet with him.

Ms Ferreira added: “I said I wasn’t up there when it happened, so I wouldn’t know if he had it on him.”

The trial continues.

It is The Royal Gazette’s policy not to allow comments on stories regarding criminal court cases. This is to prevent any statements being published that may jeopardise the outcome of that case.

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