I did not see any­one – main wit­ness in X6 trial

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Livern Bar­rett Se­nior Gleaner Writer livern.bar­rett@glean­erjm.com

THE MAIN pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness in the so-called X6 mur­der trial yes­ter­day re­counted the mo­ment 17-year-old Kha­jeel Mais was shot in­side his ve­hi­cle but ad­mit­ted he did not see who fired the bul­lets.

Wayne Wright, the driver of the taxi in which Mais was trav­el­ling, tes­ti­fied in the Home Cir­cuit Court that af­ter the first shot was fired into his Toy­ota Suc­ceed mo­tor car, “me duck me head un­der me steer­ing and drive go straight a Con­stant Spring Po­lice Sta­tion with the guy [Mais]”.

“Me hear ‘bow’ (sound of gun­shot), and the yute fly over pan me,” Wright re­called as lead prose­cu­tor Jeremy Tay­lor led him through his evidence.

“When you heard the gun­shots, did you see any­one?” Tay­lor asked.

“I didn’t see any­one on the road at the time. I was op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle, sir,” he replied, not­ing that rain and light fog in the Haven­dale area at the time made vis­i­bil­ity poor.

Busi­ness­man Pa­trick Pow­ell is on trial for mur­der and shoot­ing with in­tent in con­nec­tion with Mais’ death on July 1, 2011, in Haven­dale, St Andrew.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the teenage Kingston Col­lege student was trav­el­ling in a taxi that col­lided with a BMW X6 lux­ury ve­hi­cle. They fur­ther al­lege that the driver of the X6 came out of the ve­hi­cle and fired sev­eral bul­lets into the taxi.

Me hear ‘bow’ (sound of gun­shot), and the yute fly over pan me ... . I didn’t see any­one on the road at the time. I was op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle, sir.

“They were new. They were the rave then ... the it, in lux­ury ve­hi­cles,” Tay­lor said in his open­ing ar­gu­ments, mak­ing ref­er­ence to the BMW X6.

“Some­one was an­gry be­cause of what hap­pened on the road, what hap­pened to their ve­hi­cle. The al­le­ga­tion is that Mr Pow­ell was this per­son who was an­gry and took that anger to the extreme,” he con­tin­ued.

WIT­NESS ACCOUNT

In re­count­ing what hap­pened on the night of July 1, 2011, Wright, who ac­knowl­edged that he is widely known as ‘Youngie’, said he was at a gas sta­tion on Man­nings Hill Road when a man he knows only as ‘Shut’ told him Mais wanted a taxi.

The taxi op­er­a­tor said he did not see Mais car­ry­ing any­thing as he en­tered the ve­hi­cle and asked to be taken to Chevy Chase Place, also in Haven­dale.

He said he got to High­land Drive and was driv­ing very “easy” when Mais said to him, ‘Drive up fast, nuh, Ras­ta­man’. Wright said he started driv­ing faster, al­though the place was “foggy”.

“It was like it was snow­ing,” he said at one point.

Asked to ex­plain, the taxi op­er­a­tor said: “It look like smoke com­ing down ... I could not see any­thing at all.”

Within a minute, Wright said his car col­lided with a ve­hi­cle that sud­denly ap­peared in front of him.

“I hit a ve­hi­cle. I don’t know if it was parked or if it was driv­ing,” he said.

“I hit a black ve­hi­cle. It must be a big, black ve­hi­cle – a SUV or a X5, or some­thing. This was on High­land Drive, sir,” he said in re­sponse to a ques­tion from Tay­lor.

Wright tes­ti­fied that he started re­vers­ing his taxi and had got about 20 feet from the spot of the col­li­sion but never got a chance to park his mo­tor car.

“I was about to put it [ve­hi­cle] into ‘P’ [park] and then the gun­shots start fir­ing,” he tes­ti­fied.

The taxi op­er­a­tor demon­strated how he placed his head un­der the dash­board as he drove the ve­hi­cle on to the side­walk, turned on to Avon Av­enue, and headed for the Con­stant Spring Po­lice Sta­tion.

“I was go­ing into a wall and His Majesty seh, ‘Look up now’, and then I turned on to Avon Av­enue,” he said to laugh­ter in the packed court­room.

Wright will con­tinue giv­ing evidence to­day.

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