Lawmen believe they have enough to convict Gomes for murder

Vincia James


A month and one day after Vincia James was reported missing, her ex-boyfriend has been charged with murdering her.

And despite not having a body, lawmen think they can convict Mikhail Gomes on “a series off circumstantial evidence.”

Gomes was seen picking James up from work, the day she went missing.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Atley Rodney told the national broadcaster, that it’s not unprecedented to obtain a murder conviction without a body.

He cited cases in St. Vincent and here in Antigua & Barbuda, which sets the precedent.

The ACP said lawmen’s decision announced on Tuesday, came about after “intensive investigations.”

Lawmen say after missing for over a month “it is reasonable to assume that the person is not around.”

“It’s not a person who runs away, nor do we have any evidence that she went to another country,” Rodney added.

Although Gomes has been on remand for several unrelated charges, it’s the murder charge that lawmen really want him on.

He has been remanded to prison even as the police ask the public to come forward with more information.

The discovery of Vincia’s body is also expected to boost their chances of a conviction.

For family members, the new of the murder charge has brought little comfort to them.

They are still hoping that Vincia will be found alive.

Since last month a nation-wide search has been ongoing for Vincia and several others who mysteriously disappeared in April.

Lawmen say the investigations will continue.

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