Serious Crime Unit Female Detective Takes The Stand In Murder Trial

During Taaj Muhammad’s trial today, jurors heard testimony from a Female Detective-Constable from the serious crime unit of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS).She said that, less than one week after Ronniko Burchall was murdered in front of the St. David’s Cricket Club on December 29, 2018, she swabbed Mr. Muhammad’s cheek and conducted a caution interview with him at the Hamilton Police Station.

She told the court that she conducted another interview with Mr. Muhammad the next day and a third one a week after that. All of the interviews were held at the Hamilton Police Station and all three were audio and video recorded.

Through interviewing him and swabbing his cheek, the Detective-Constable told jurors that she got a good look at not only Mr. Muhammad’s face, but his entire body for a brief period of time.

Based on these interactions, she was able to identify who she believed to be the defendant on the CCTV footage from St. David’s Cricket Club. Hours before Mr. Burchall was killed, she could see Mr. Muhammad on the balcony of the club, greeting and hanging out with other patrons.

Her testimony and cross-examination will continue during tomorrow’s session.

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TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda