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Divorced couple charged for murder of young Trini policewoman

March 20th, 2017 | Tags:
Kenneth Browne (Photo credit: Trinidad Guardian) and Melissa Browne (Photo: Facebook) appeared in court today, March 20, 2017.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A man and his ex-wife have been charged with killing a young policewoman who joined the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service just four months ago.

Kenneth and Melissa Browne appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Magistrate's Court on Monday March 20, 2017 accused of killing 22-year-old Constable Nyasha Joseph, whose body was pulled from the Gulf of Paria off Port of Spain last Wednesday, a week after she went missing.

Kenneth is also charged separately with illegally disposing of a body.

The two accused, who are in a relationship although they are no longer married, were both remanded to prison and will reappear in court on April 18.

The man was a friend of Joseph whose woman was reportedly in a dispute with the young woman before her disappearance.

Browne, who had been in custody since the day after the mother of a four-year-old girl disappeared, had gone to the court through his attorney to force police to release him as he had been kept in custody for several days without charge. A High Court judge gave lawmen until today to lay charges or release him.

Four other people who had also been arrested in connection with the murder were released between last Friday and yesterday.

Meantime, Joseph’s funeral is tentatively set for Friday.


Police said the cause of her death could not be ascertained from an autopsy because of the body’s advanced state of decomposition.

Local newspaper Newsday reported that when Joseph’s body – which was discarded in a bag – was examined, there was a rope tied around the neck with two bricks and an anchor attached; her hands were tied behind her back, and the right side of her face was bashed in.

Last week after Joseph was found dead, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the country was traumatised by the spate of murders in the twin-island republic, and assured that his government would seek to revive the death penalty.

In that regard, his administration has sought the advice of Ramesh Maharaj who was Attorney General when the last executions were held in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999.

8 Responses to “Divorced couple charged for murder of young Trini policewoman”

  • 1 (20/03/2017, 18:17) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    I have nothing but empathy for these people.
  • ... (21/03/2017, 09:52) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have been following this story from inception, its stories like these that make me terrified of my own country. I am Trinidadian through and through but the BVI is my home. May her family and her young daughter find strength in this difficult time. Evil walks among us.
  • Rebecca (24/03/2017, 22:34) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people are pure evil and they deserve the death penalty. I know her family is broken hearted, and we who don't know her feel the pain of such a young life taken so hatefully.
  • wow (25/03/2017, 08:20) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Government there need to stop playing games. Take an emergency bill to Parliament. You found guilty of murder its automatic death. You found trafficking drugs, its automatic death. you found with a handgun or any gun illegally its automatic death.
  • Smooth face Not (26/03/2017, 20:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cold hearted murderers. Blood deh pon de hands. You see you have to mind who you friend and marry these days lest you wind up with generational curses.
  • bay yute (05/04/2017, 13:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh my goodness i know her she been right here tola we lime two or three times my goodness why mel?

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