The distraught parents of swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay, who was found dead in the exclusive SoHo House hotel in December, were astonished and pained to see her alleged killer appearing apathetic in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday.
“He looked like he didn’t care,” Cachay’s mother, Sylvia, told reporters after the brief court appearance by Nicholas Brooks, 25. “I didn’t see any remorse. He didn’t look at me or my husband.”
It was the first time the 33-year-old designer’s parents set eyes on her alleged murderer and ex-boyfriend. The couple, from Virginia, vowed to be a permanent presence in the courtroom throughout the upcoming trial, with Cachay’s father, Antonio, claiming, “He has to pay!”.
“It’s as if you take a knife and just leave it there,” said an emotional Sylvia Cachay. “The pain is so terrible.”
Brooks — the son of Oscar-winning composer Joseph Brooks, who penned “You Light Up My Life” — has been charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation and drowning death of the young designer.
Brooks pleaded not guilty and has maintained that while he was with her the night she was found dead in an overflowing tub in a hotel room, she was still alive when he went out for food. He faces 25 years to life in prison.
At Tuesday’s court hearing, prosecutors said they will turn over additional pre-trial evidence to the defense.
A lawyer for Brooks told the Daily News that he didn’t think his client knew that Cachay’s parents were in the courtroom. “They’re reacting to their loss, I fully understand that,” lawyer Jeffrey Hoffman said.
Brooks is due back in court April 26.