A 38-year-old man, Roger Mathison, has been charged with the quadruple murder at Sobo Village in La Brea, earlier this month.
Mathison, alias “Snake Man”, will appear before a Point Fortin Magistrate on Monday to answer the charges.
After two days of deliberations, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, gave the all clear for police to charge Mathison with the murders of Abigail Jones-Chapman, 41, her daughter Olivia Chapman, 16, friend Michaela Mason, 14 and landlord, Micheal Scott, 69, who were killed at Scott’s home at Khani Settlement, Sobo Village, on March 14.
The charges read that between March 11 to March 14, 2018, he murdered the four people.
Mathison, a mason of Gonzales Village, Guapo, was arrested around 9 am on March 16, walking along a roadway leading out of St Albans Quarry, located 200 metres off the Valencia Stretch.
Officers of the La Horquetta Crime Patrol Unit made the arrest after receiving information that he was hiding out in the area. Mathison had a green knapsack packed with clothing at the time he was held.
Mathison’s attorney Fareed Ali said he has been visiting his client on a daily basis and was satisfied that he was getting all that was legally due to him as a prisoner.
Ali added, “He is getting the opportunity to bathe and change his clothes. He is being fed and whenever I want to see him, I am was allowed to visit him.”
Jones-Chapman, a Spanish teacher at the Southern Academy of the Seventh-Day Adventists, La Romaine, was beaten to death at her apartment. Her daughter, Olivia, a student of the Point Fortin East Secondary School was also beaten and stabbed to death, while Mason’s throat was slit. Scott, was beaten to death with a cricket stump.
Jones-Chapman’s younger children, ages 12 and eight, were found unharmed in Scott’s apartment upstairs.
Investigators suspect the killing stemmed from a domestic dispute between Jones-Chapman and Mathison after she ended their one-year relationship the previous week.
During his week in custody, Mathison said nothing to police investigators.