The two men who were assisting the police with their investigations into the death of Saadia Byron have been released from custody pending the result of forensic evidence which is expected to be sent overseas for testing, according to law enforcement sources.
One of the men was released last Tuesday and the other last Friday, sources said.
The body of the 32-year-old Black Bay, Laborie resident was discovered on November 11 in a shallow grave, covered with stones, near her home.
In nearby bushes, a used condom, a stone which appeared to have blood stains, female underwear, and human faeces were discovered, according to Georgeania Byron, the mother of the deceased, in an interview with this reporter a few hours before the grisly discovery was made.
In the meantime, the grieving family of the deceased and residents are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the case, which has garnered national attention and an outpour of grief for the victim’s family.
Many, some of whom are playing the role of judge, jury and executioner in the matter, fear that the case may go down the tubes like those of other victims of rape and murder in the country. They are expressing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of the police investigations into the matter, and are calling on the lawmen to pursue the case with vigour and determination.
Willie Jeremie, a resident of Laborie, said the problem, as it relates to the tardiness on the part of the police in dealing with gender-based violence, is not isolated to Laborie. He said that this case needs urgent attention.
“The entire police force needs to look into this matter very closely. It’s a precedent set by them…” he told this reporter. “A man would say he is sexually abused, they would laugh at him and that’s the end of the matter. A woman, the same thing…”
Chris Byron, the brother of the deceased, said he too believes that the police are too tardy in making headways into the matter, and that he will not say anything more on it as yet.
Another resident, Spencer Emmanuel, said: “I expected the police to be at a more advanced stage in their investigations into the matter.”
In an interview with this reporter last week, Inspector Marcellinus Leonce of the Vieux-Fort Police Station described their investigations into the matter as one of a “complex nature” and that there is a lot of work to be done on the case.