Leslie-Ann Gonzales was raped, strangled and stabbed at least 10 times in the face with an ice pick after she was attacked on her way to her Oropouche Road, Valencia home on Wednesday, her autopsy found yesterday.
The 38-year-old baker with Linda’s Bakery warehouse, El Socorro, San Juan, was found on Thursday after failing to return home the night before. Her co-workers told relatives she left work around 7.30 pm Wednesday. Gonzales’ body was found about 100 metres from where she lived in a bushy poorly lit dried up river.
One relative who did not want to be identified yesterday told the T&T Guardian that the community where they live consists of approximately six homes and no one there, in his mind, was “capable of killing a mosquito, much less a human.”
Gonzales, he said, had lived in the area for 17 years after moving there from Penal and was a conservative woman who had no children and was single.
Relative told police that around 7.30 am on Wednesday, Gonzales left for work but never returned home. Gonzales, who lived with her sisters, was reported missing by them when she failed to return home. She was found around 4.30 am the following day by neighbours who noticed there was a bushy area that had been beaten down near her home.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, relatives said the killer did not take any of Gonzales’ jewelry or cash and other valuables she had on her. The man, who fought back tears, said Gonzales was a respectful woman who never complained of being harassed or threatened. He added that on his way to work he noticed the beaten grass but assumed it was a makeshift path to a nearby quarry or a caiman had passed and cleared the bushes.
According to pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, Gonzales was sexually assaulted and the killer/s was strong enough to fracture a few of the bones in her neck. The stab wounds to the face were non fatal and superficial.
Co-workers of the deceased described her as a “good worker” and a “very nice person,” adding they were shocked by the incident.
Gonzales’ killing has taken the murder toll to 313 for the year, compared to 298 for the same period last year.