A sister of slain media personality Christine Hewitt yesterday testified that her sibling became unhappy with her marriage to David Gordon after the first six months.
Dacia Hewitt, who was giving evidence in the St Catherine Circuit Court where Gordon and his brother Wordsworth are on trial for her sister's murder, said that Christine was unhappy in the marriage because of tension and the couple's financial situation.
Dacia, a registered nurse who resides in the United States, testified that she and her sister shared a very close relationship and so Christine related to her several things about her marriage. However, she was unable to reveal what was shared with her because of an objection to the question by defence lawyer Michael Deans. The objection was upheld by presiding Judge Leighton Pusey.
Dacia also testified that when she last saw her sister in 2005, she was separated from her husband, but spoke of reconciling as she wanted the marriage to work.
However, Dacia told the court that she had never met her brother-in-law and that she saw him for the first time in court when the trial began.
"Was there any reason why you had not met with him after Hewitt's death?" prosecutor Sanchia Burrell asked. But the defense objected before Dacia could answer.
However, during cross-examination from defence attorneys Deans and Pierre Rodgers, Dacia told the court that her sister had "money problems" with a music promoter and that she was also that her sister was at odds with some politicians.
Meanwhile, another witness, Omar Rose -- who had worked with Christine at Organic Thinkers, a juice company where she was the marketing manager -- testified that he visited Hewitt at her home on the day that she was murdered, and that while he was there, two men came to visit her, and that one went inside the house to speak to her while the other remained in the car.
Rose, who had gone to deliver a Toyota Hiace motor car to Hewitt, said he accompanied her on the road to do some business and she later dropped him off at his home and told him that she was going to meet some people in Linstead, St Catherine.
Ryan Elliott, Hewitt's taxi driver, also testified that he met Hewitt in Moneague, St Ann, on the same day and that they spent about 20 to 25 minutes together before they departed.
Gordon and his brother were arrested and charged with Hewitt's murder three years after her body was found in a burnt-out motor vehicle on the Mount Industry main road in rural St Catherine on June 29, 2006.
The body was identified by the wedding band that Gordon had placed on her finger a year and four months earlier. Gordon was 24 when he married the 42-year-old media personality.