Police have formally charged a man with stealing the motor vehicle belonging to homicide victim 76-year-old Ann Rose Raymond, also known as Aunty Urita, Lilico or Ma Leo.
Peter Thomas, 43, of Union, Castries was charged this afternoon (Jan. 15). He was picked up by police on Friday at his residence.
Raymond’s body was discovered by police at her Marisule, Gros Islet residence on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 after they responded to a suspected burglary report from her family.
Reports are that family members became suspicious after phone calls went unanswered and her gate was discovered locked.
Police said she died as a result of “asphyxia secondary to ligature strangulation”.
Raymond, who lived alone, was also sexually assaulted.
Meanwhile, investigators are awaiting forensic evidence that they hope will tie him directly to the killing and land him with a murder charge.
According to police sources, enough evidence was gathered to prove that Thomas was in possession of Raymond’s car on the day her body was discovered.
He reportedly drove Raymond’s vehicle to a gas station to fix a punctured tire. He ended up abandoning the vehicle on the Castries Waterfront, near the government buildings.
During preliminary investigations, police interviewed and released two men who were seen with Raymond in a vehicle, heading to Castries.
It was eventually ascertained that the men accompanied her to purchase electrical items for her residence about two days before her body was discovered. Reports are that construction was ongoing on the victim’s home.