Maybe, it was the length of time in police custody, but the couple looked drawn as police brought them to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court to answer the charges.
Both accused, who shared a relationship, said nothing when the charges were laid.
But their lawyer, Criston Williams, made a bitter complaint about the police investigators in this case.
Williams said he has written to the Commissioner of Police and Police Complaints Authority Head, David West, to complain about the conduct of the police officers involved in the murder investigation.
Williams addressed Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers Caesar as his clients stood in silence in the dock.
The two accused are charged with murdering Joseph sometime between March 8 and March 16, at Sea Lots.
Kenneth Browne is charged separately with illegally disposing of a body.
Joseph went missing on March 8, and her body was found by a fisherman in Gulf of Paria on March 16. The cause of her death could not be determined by the pathologist.
Williams is asking for an investigation into the conduct of the police officers during the investigation.
He said the officers used unfair interrogation techniques and were disrespectful to the lawyers representing the accused.
Williams said that when he and other attorneys attempted to meet with the accused during the investigation, the officers resisted and one placed his hands on Williams in an attempt to push him away.
Williams said his clients’ fundamental rights were breached.
Both accused were remanded in prison custody and the cases adjourned to April 18.