The couple charged with the murder of 80-year-old Dr Claire Broadbridge in September 2017, has been committed to stand trial at the next sitting of the Assizes.
This follows the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry into the charge, which began on Tuesday 15th January 2019, in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court.
Acting Chief Magistrate, Maria Busby Earl-Caddle, committed the accused, 36-year-old John Smith and his common-law wife, 34- year-old Virginia Nedd, to stand trial on Thursday 14th February 2019, at the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court.
Dr. Broadbridge, a former director of the National Museum and Art Gallery, of Fondes Amandes Road, St. Ann’s, was found dead at her home on Saturday 2nd September 2017, with her throat slit and stab wounds about the body.
The victim’s body was discovered in a bedroom after fire officers responded to a report of a fire at the house, which left the living room partially destroyed.
Both Smith and Nedd, of Morvant, were charged by Insp. (Ag.) Glendon Richards, of Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region One, on Wednesday 13th September, 2017.