When Mercedes Gill received news today that the man accused of murdering her daughter had been granted bail, she felt as though “my daughter had been killed all over again”.
Gill’s worst nightmare came to life today after she found out that Sean Watson was now free after being released on $250,000 bail.
Watson had spent the last four years on remand at HMP Dodds, charged with the murder of Gill’s only daughter and his former wife Nicole Harrison-Watson on April 29, 2012.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY in an interview this evening at her home hours after receiving the shocking news, the distraught mother was in disbelief.
“Really and truly it made me feel like my daughter got killed all over again. Right now I’m feeling like the same way I felt those couple days after she got killed. I feel that same kind of sinking, empty feeling,” she explained.
“I don’t think he or anybody, not him personally, he or anybody that murders someone should get bail . . . I never thought he would have been out on bail.
“All like now I still have to remind myself that Nicole got killed and Sean is who [is accused of killing] her. It is still hard to digest after all of this time and sometimes it is unbelievable,” Gill revealed.
Gill, who leaned against her granddaughter and Harrison-Watson’s lone child Samantha Harrison throughout the interview, said she believed enough time had passed for Watson to stand trial.
She said she wanted closure to her daughter’s death.
“Furthermore, the trial should have been finished and he should have been sentenced. It isn’t even really about the bail, it’s just that it has been so long and there is no closure,” she told Barbados TODAY.
“He had been remanded for so long I felt that they should just have called the case, given him whatever time they were going to give him and call it a day.”
Gill recounted the sinking feeling she had in her stomach when she got the dreaded and unexpected news earlier today.
She said she was overcome by a flood of emotions.
“I just had this sinking feeling in my stomach and one of my friends called me and told me that he had been released. Last week, I had heard that he was getting bail, but I was just in denial,” she noted.
A clearly frustrated Gill said what made it an even tougher pill to swallow was the fact that no one saw the need to notify her or her family of Watson’s impending release.
She said had it not been for that phone call from her friend, she could easily have come face-to-face with her daughter’s alleged killer while out shopping or paying a bill.
“I have no control over whether he is granted bail or not, but I’m saying that someone should have turned up at this door and said to me that ‘the guy who [is accused of murdering] your daughter is out on bail,’” Gill complained.
“If people didn’t tell me I wouldn’t have known, so I would have been walking down the street, or going in the bank, or the supermarket or something and there he would have been in front of me, and that’s not fair. It’s not fair. We have rights too.”
Gill’s granddaughter Samantha, who was a teenager at the time of her mother’s death, told Barbados TODAY the news of Watson’s release brought back all of those dreaded memories.
“It brought back every single emotion that we would have been feeling when my mummy died and the couple days after. I was hearing something about it last night, but when I heard it today I just went into a state of shock. I knew it was coming but you could never be prepared for something like that,” she said.
“I never expected this to happen. I never expected a man could [be accused of killing] my mother . . . and people could sympathize with him and give him bail,” said Samantha who feels she has been robbed of a lifetime of memories with the woman she loved.