Terrifying screams broke the calm of a Bernard Avenue neighbourhood the night Jennifer Cusworth was murdered.
Genesis Jessome, who testified as a Crown witness in Neil Snelson’s first degree murder trial Monday afternoon, explained she rented an apartment on the city’s main drag in 1993. She was at home, in a deep sleep when she woke up to the sound of a woman screaming on the street behind her building some time around 3:30 a.m., Oct. 16,1993.
The “hysterical and terrifying” screaming got progressively worse, until it just stopped. At that point, a car door slammed and the vehicle sped away.
Jessome explained she never looked outside her window to ascertain what the screaming was about because she wasn’t wearing her contacts and the screaming was coming from the building beside her.
Cusworth was last seen at a house party on Richter Street Oct. 16, 1993. The next day her body was found face down in a ditch on Swamp Road.