RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
FOURTEEN years after his wife was stabbed to death in their
home, Bruce Rezende is to be charged with her murder.
The decision to charge Rezende came at the end of a coroners
inquest which lasted one year.
Coroner Brambharan Dubay, presiding at the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court, issued a warrant to charge Rezende
Rezende was taken into custody and spent last night at the
Central Police Station. He is expected to be charged today
and will appear before a magistrate later in the day.
Dubay said there were sufficient grounds for the charge
Rezendes wife Bernadette, 35, worked at Royal Bank,
Park Street, Port-of-Spain, and was the mother of two sons,
Manuel and Miguel.
It was at the bank she met and married Bruce.
The couple lived at Mendez Drive, St Lucien Road, Diego
On March 30, 1994, Bernadette was stabbed three times in
the neck during the wee hours of the morning in her bedroom.
Dubay said the evidence submitted discounted any suggestions
that there was any struggle.
He added there was no forced entry into the home.
Dubay said the Rezendes premises were secured
and added that there were dogs present, ruling out any forced
entry by other persons.
Rezende was in the bedroom when she (his wife) was wounded,
In his statement to the police, Rezende claimed a struggle
ensued between him and two other unknown men.
Dubay said according to the investigations, based on the
size of the bedroom, there were no signs of a struggle and
Rezende bore no bruises.
He said there was no blood splatter or broken items in the
Rezendes explanation is not rationale in the circumstances,
Rezende was in the bedroom when she was wounded.
Jagdeo Singh represented the family of the dead woman while
Rajiv Persad appeared for Rezende.
his statement to the police, Bruce said he was awakened
by noises coming from his wifes bedroom around 4.30
am on March, 30 1994.
He rushed into the room and discovered a man of African
descent lying on top her in the bed. He tried to pull the
man off but was attacked from the back by another intruder.
The couple had been sleeping in separate rooms for some
A struggle ensued and both men ran away.
On checking his wife, Bruce found her bleeding from her
He then called the police and officers arrived on the scene.
He suffered injuries but did not seek medical attention
because they were minor.
Two knives were found on the premises.
A post-mortem revealed that Bernadette Rezende died from
shock and haemorrhage. She had three stab wounds to the