Just as he did last Friday when he initially appeared in court in connection with the disappearance of St Philip resident Marcelle Smith, Cheriss Ricardo Omar Ince made his second court appearance today – again without any fanfare – accused of murdering the elderly woman.
There were no relatives or friends outside in the yard or inside the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court when the 36-year-old carpenter of Nursery No.2, St Philip, appeared before Magistrate Christopher Birch. The emptiness of the courtyard belied the fact that the accused had been on the lips of many Barbadians for more than a week as the high-profile case unfolded.
Ince spent less than a minute in the dock before his matter was over. As he did last Friday before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, he again stood quietly as Magistrate Birch read two indictable charges against him: murdering Smith, 75, of Farm Road, St Philip, between October 12 and 24, stealing, between October 12 and 17, the $14,000 car which she used to drive – the property of her husband, retired Lodge School principal Aurelius Smith.
Ince, who was on bail for murder at the time the offences were committed, was not required to plead to the charges. “You are remanded in custody until December 2, 2015 when you return to this court. Good day to you,” Magistrate Birch concluded.
Smith went missing three weeks ago, prompting an extensive search. An autopsy this week confirmed that a female body found just over a week ago in a ravine on Halton Plantation, St Philip, on the border with St George, was that of the missing mother of three.
The car was previously found abandoned in Chelston Park, Culloden Road, St Michael.