Witness gives version of events on night of Reggae Girl’s murder
A prosecution witness on Tuesday said she had no memory of 23-year-old Rushelle Foster — who is being tried for the 2019 murder of national senior women’s footballer Tarania “Plum Plum” Clarke — telling the police in the aftermath of that incident that she and Clarke had argued about a three-week-old incident and that they had been lovers.
According to the police, Foster and Clarke were in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, at Limelight Plaza about 8:50 pm on October 31, 2019 when they had a dispute over a cellular phone during which Clarke was fatally stabbed.
The witness, a justice of the peace (JP), in being questioned by attorney Courtney Rowe during the trial now under way in the Home Circuit Division of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, said she had met with Foster at Half-Way-Tree Police Station after the incident. She said she was told by cops that Foster was a suspect in the murder, and spoke to her to ensure that she was not coerced into giving her statement and that she knew her rights.
“Whilst you were in the room with her did you hear her tell the police that she and Tarania used to be in a relationship?” Rowe asked the witness .
“I don’t remember,” the witness replied.
Asked whether she recalled hearing his client tell the police, “Tarania is more masculine than I am,” the wide-eyed witness mouthed “No” while shaking her head.
Under further questioning by Rowe as to whether or not she had heard his client tell cops that she (Foster) was the one to invite Clarke to the plaza and that Foster was the one to grab on to her and begin fighting her, the witness said “No”. She further told the court that she had no recollection of Foster telling the police, “Tarania buck mi inna mi head.”
The witness further rejected suggestions by Rowe that his client had been distraught and in tears while giving her statement to the police about the incident, to the point where she had to be given a brief respite.
She, however, said she recalled Foster telling the cops that she was the one to run to the station and beg for help for her friend, and that she told cops, “Mi never mean fi she get stab, it was an accident.”
A second JP who took the stand Tuesday afternoon also refuted suggestions by Rowe that his client was overcome with grief when telling cops about the incident.
“She was not crying, no time at all. No, sir. Not a tear,” the witness said emphatically.
The testimony of the two JPs followed that of an eyewitness on Monday who told the court that on the evening in question there was an argument between Clarke and the accused, and that Foster had accused Clarke of deliberately ignoring her calls.
The witness said Clarke responded by saying her phone was acting up and that other individuals were also experiencing difficulties contacting her. It was after that, the witness said, that the argument got physical.
On Tuesday Foster, fully clad in black, was observed rubbing her midsection for several minutes while listening to the exchange between her attorney and the witness.