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The Anna Druzhinina murder – Part 2: “Leave her. That’s one less for us to deal with.”

“In 2012, Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock reversed the roles of McCollin and Persaud, portraying McCollin as the mastermind, saying he “instructed” Persaud to get some wire, and he “instructed” Persaud to get some paint cans.”

While sitting on the balcony waiting, they heard the paint cans fall.

When she collapsed, her death by strangulation did not come quickly.  Her body must have turned and twitched as is normal in a hanging death.  Since McCollin stated “She is not dead,” when she collapsed, Persaud had time to lift her body to save her.  Instead, he ordered McCollin to “Leave her.  That’s one less for us to deal with.”

If that isn’t murder, then what is?

Part 2 of 3 – a look at the Anna Druzhinina murder. Read Part 1 here.

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D.

Who surprised who?

In 2010 at the manslaughter trial for the accomplice McCollin, as reported in the local press, DPP Leacock stated Persaud and McCollin surprised Anna.  As they entered through the bottom of the house, they could hear her upstairs drawing water to water the plants. They surprised her in her bedroom at her computer.  McCollin stated in his confession that Persaud dragged her across the bedroom rug by her hair, put the noose around her neck, put his foot on her back, and jerked her head back and forth viciously enough for McCollin to state he was “frightened” from Persaud.  In 2012, DPP Leacock did not present these facts and reversed his statement, stating Persaud and McCollin were surprised by Anna.

Who was the leader?

In 2010, Andrew Pilgrim, Defence attorney for McCollin, said the facts “clearly revealed who was the leader and who was the follower. McCollin was led by the man [Persaud] and he was a secondary part of the plan.  He had no interest in the offence other than robbery.  He was told by the principal actor that he would get some weed whackers.”  McCollin states he was frightened of Persaud when he watched the manner in which he yanked Anna’s head back and forth with the noose around her neck.  DPP Leacock recommended 16 to 20 years for manslaughter for McCollin.  In 2010, after McCollin was sentenced for manslaughter, Leacock explained he had to accept McCollin’s manslaughter plea in order to have him testify as a witness in the murder trial which he promised for Persaud.  Yet, none of McCollin’s testimony was used and no murder trial was held.

In 2012, Leacock reversed the roles of McCollin and Persaud, portraying McCollin as the mastermind, saying he “instructed” Persaud to get some wire, and he “instructed” Persaud to get some paint cans.  In spite of clear evidence and statements to the police to the contrary, Leacock accepted Persaud’s plea that he never laid a hand on Anna, was not in the room when she was tied up, did not go to see her hanging when she collapsed off the paint cans, and did not search the house for items to steal.  Leacock recommended 25 years for Persaud, longer than he had recommended for McCollin the accomplice.

Was a towel tossed over Anna’s head?

Justice Crane-Scott stated in her sentencing, presumably from DPP Leacock’s representation,  that a towel was tossed over Anna’s head so she could not see.  Logically, this did not make sense.  In order not to see out from under a towel tossed over one’s head, the towel would have to be a large bath towel.  If that were the case, then how could the noose be tied without the towel interfering?  A common blue checkered kitchen towel was folded and tied tightly around Anna’s eyes catching her long hair in the knot.  When the Jackson’s found her, the towel was slipped down around her neck.

When they identified the knotted towel later at the police station, Anna’s hair that had been pulled from her head was still tied in the knot.  This evidence is not disputed. 

Why did DPP Leacock misrepresent the evidence and say a towel was “tossed over her head?”

Who put her on the paint cans?

In 2010, DPP Leacock stated Druzhinina was home alone when the two entered.  According to local press coverage, DPP Leacock stated they seized her, bound her hands and feet as she screamed and begged for her life.  But in 2012, Persaud’s defence attorney stated to the court “the facts reveal he [Persaud] wasn’t even in the room.”   Leacock did not contest this.  Continue reading

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