PORT OF SPAIN – The boyfriend of a Dominican murdered in Trinidad has confessed to the crime, the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday is reporting.
According to the newspaper, the 24-year-old man has confessed to police that he slit the throat of Chriss Brewster who he had been dating for one month.
He also reportedly confessed to setting her apartment on fire before fleeing the scene.
The newspaper also reported that the suspect became enraged when he saw Brewster, 30, in the company of her ex-boyfriend on Monday night and waited until the ex-boyfriend left the scene. He then ambushed Brewster at the apartment, slit her throat from ear to ear after he accused her of infidelity.
He then set the apartment on fire.
Brewster’s remains were found in her apartment home on the ground floor of a two-storey house in Maracas/St Joseph on Monday night. Police also found the charred remains of Peter Felix, 88, who owned the house and was Brewster’s landlord. An autopsy showed that he died of asphyxia consistent with smoke inhalation.
A post on the University of the Southern Caribbean School of Business’s Facebook page stated: The University of the Southern Caribbean, School of Business mourns the passing of our Alumna, Chriss Brewster who who died on Monday night. Ms Brewster attended USC from 2012 and graduated with our BBA Finance degree in May 2017. Our condolences go out to the family, friends and classmates of Ms Brewster. We wish you God’s strength as we all weep in this time of sorrow.”
Brewster lived in Trinidad for the past five years while she studied for her degree. The mother of two was looking for work and in the mean time, earned money as a seamstress. Ex-classmates yesterday described Brewster as a quiet individual who was shy to strangers yet very bubbly and friendly to those whom she knew. USC administrators said she was a determined and focused go-getter.
Brewster had a love for fashion and a great sense of style. She was a self-taught seamstress, who had been making her own designs and launching fashion lines even while she was studying for her degree.
“When I heard the house had burned down, I tried calling her to see if she needed a place to stay,” said a friend who asked not to be named. “I was worried she lost all her equipment and designs, but I was still thinking she was safe. She was not the type to go out and lime or get a boyfriend. She didn’t have time for that.
But you could call her last minute and within an hour she would be able to put together an outfit for you to go to an event,” the friend said.
The fire was seen at 10 p.m. Monday night. After firemen doused the blaze, they came across the charred remains of Brewster and Felix. Felix, who was confined to his bed, rented out his house to tenants in order to make ends meet.