Marco Archer’s mother tells of last time seeing him alive
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: May 11, 2013
The mother of Marco Archer, the child who never returned home after going to a neighborhood store in 2011, answered more questions yesterday from the lawyer of the man accused of his murder.
Kofhe Goodman is accused of Marco’s murder, which is alleged to have occurred sometime between September 23 and 28, 2011.
He has denied the charge at his trial before Justice Bernard Turner.
Tryphemia Meadows said that she became concerned after the youngest of her six children did not return to their Brougham Street home after a heavy downpour on September 23.
Meadows said she always cautioned Marco about walking in the rain so he wouldn’t get a cold.
According to the evidence, Marco walked to his sister Valkeisha Archer’s home at Claridge Road around 4 p.m. on September 23.
He left there around 4:30 p.m. on a bus headed for home. Meadows said Marco got home around 4:45 p.m. and she sent him to buy a can of Baygon from a store.
When he returned, he left to buy himself a treat from another store but never returned home.
Goodman’s lawyer, Geoffrey Farquharson, asked Meadows why she didn’t tell the press and the public that Marco had a scar under his eye.
Meadows said she told police about the scar, which she said Marco received when he fell as a baby.
Farquharson said the scar was not visible in any of the photos circulated by the family after Marco’s disappearance, which he said meant the scar was recent.
Meadows denied the suggestion.
In response to a question from Farquharson, Meadows said her daughters did not always call and tell her that Marco had left their residence for home.
Meadows said he did not go anywhere without letting her know.
She continues her evidence on Monday.
Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecution; Neil Brathwaite, the assistant director of public prosecution, and Darell Taylor are the prosecutors.