THE husband of murdered television personality Christine Hewitt told the police that men had visited the house they shared asking for her.
He also said that on one occasion, the men came back, held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.
This detail formed part of David Gordon's statement to the police on June 30, 2006 following Hewitt's murder. The statement was read into evidence in the St Catherine Circuit Court and had the rapt attention of the panel of 12 jurors.
According to the statement, read by Detective Inspector Fitz Richards of the Major Investigation Taskforce, Gordon said that in early March 2006, four men came to the house they shared in Linstead, St Catherine, and asked for his wife, who was just entering politics at the time. He said the men told him that they wanted her to be the mic co-ordinator at a show, and that he told the men she was not home and they left.
He said the men subsequently returned, again asking for Hewitt, and he again told them that she was not home. "That boy deh teck man fi idiot," Gordon told the police one of the men said, referring to him.
Gordon said in the statement that the following morning he was getting ready for work when he was attacked from behind, pushed to the ground and a gun held to his head. One of the men, he said, went inside and searched the house, before one threatened to kill him. "Fi wah," he said one of the men said, "after we no get wah we want."
David said he didn't see the men's face, but recognised a voice as one of those who had previously came to the house asking for Hewitt.
He said the matter was reported to the police the following morning and that he and Hewitt subsequently moved to Kingston where they stayed at a hotel.
According to Gordon's statement, he and a friend of Hewitt's, whose name he gave only as Ramcharan, were in Tropical Plaza in Kingston when Ramcharan was attacked and tied up.
He told Hewitt about the incident and packed his belongings and left for Linstead, after telling her that he was
no longer interested in the relationship.
He said they assisted each other financially even though they began living apart.
He said that on June 29, Hewitt called to say that she was going to meet with Scotty, a man they both knew. In the statement Gordon said he met Hewitt that day and they went to a few supermarkets in Linstead, where she wanted to sell some products. He said after seeing her, he took a taxi home, leaving her at a plaza in Linstead.
He said they never had an argument.
Richards, after completing his reading of the statement, was cross-examined by Michael Deans (Gordon's attorney).
Deans asked Richards if Gordon had told him about a person called Jonah. "Yes," said the detective, but said that he didn't take a statement from Jonah. He said no effort was made to collect a statement from Jonah.
Richards agreed that Jonah was a member of the music group Hewitt had managed in 2003.
Regarding the man, who Gordon said in his statement was tied up, Richards said he never ascertained his first name, but that he made an attempt to locate him.
"Without a first name?" Deans asked before quickly moving on to another question.
The trial continues today with a new witness.
Gordon and his brother Wordsworth are being tried for the murder of Hewitt, whose burnt remains were found in a car in June 2006.