Shock­ing U-turn in X6 trial

Main wit­ness back-ped­als on tes­ti­mony

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 re­jected as­pects of two state­ments he gave po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors, which pro­vided de­tails of the mo­ments lead­ing up to the fa­tal shoot­ing of 17-year-old Kingston Col­lege stu­dent Kha­jeel Mais in 2011.

Wayne Wright, the driver of the taxi in which Mais was shot, also tes­ti­fied in the Home Cir­cuit Court that a po­lice in­spec­tor tried to get him to im­pli­cate a man in the shoot­ing.

The de­vel­op­ments, which came on day four of the trial, forced pros­e­cu­tors to re­quest an early ad­journ­ment to con­tem­plate their next move.

“My Lord, we are re­quest­ing an ad­journ­ment un­til Mon­day while we do some con­sid­er­a­tion of the case,” lead pros­e­cu­tor Jeremy Tay­lor asked pre­sid­ing judge Jus­tice Lloyd Hib­bert just be­fore 1 o’clock.

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

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, the teen was a pas­sen­ger in a taxi that col­lided with a BMW X6 lux­ury ve­hi­cle.

They fur­ther al­leged that the driver of the X6 came out and fired sev­eral bul­lets into the taxi be­fore flee­ing the scene.

WIT­NESS TES­TI­MONY

Wright, in his sec­ond day on the wit­ness stand, ac­knowl­edged that he signed two state­ments taken on sep­a­rate days by po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors, but re­peat­edly re­jected ex­cerpts of both state­ments when they were read to him by Tay­lor.

“Didn’t you tell Mr [De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ver­nal] Thomp­son on the 8th of July 2011 that ‘Nigga’ was the man who came out of the BMW X6 on July 1, 2011?” Tay­lor asked the wit­ness. “No,” Wright replied. “And didn’t you say he had a gun in his hand?” Tay­lor ques­tioned. “No,” the wit­ness again replied. “And didn’t you tell Mr Thomp­son that he [Nigga] ‘fired four shots into my car?’” the pros­e­cu­tor pressed.

“Him show me a driver’s li­cence and seh this is the man; him name ‘Nigga’ [and] a long time me waa get him’,” the taxi driver tes­ti­fied.

He also told the court that while at the Con­stant Spring Po­lice Sta­tion in St An­drew, Thomp­son pointed him to a ve­hi­cle and told him to “go over there and tell dem man deh say a dat u lick up inna”. “And me say no me nah do dat,” he tes­ti­fied. Wright also in­sisted that he never told po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he was driv­ing be­hind a BMW X6 and ran into the rear of the lux­ury ve­hi­cle on High­land Drive while at­tempt­ing to over­take it. He also re­jected sug­ges­tions that he gave a de­scrip­tion of the man who came out of the X6 and fired sev­eral bul­lets into his mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

“I don’t know what you are talk­ing about,” Wright in­sisted, ac­knowl­edg­ing that he signed the state­ments, but claimed they were never read over to him.

In a rare move, the se­nior pros­e­cu­tor sought and re­ceived per­mis­sion to treat Wright as a hos­tile wit­ness.

Tay­lor, in his ap­pli­ca­tion to Hib­bert, ar­gued that the taxi driver had shown him­self to be “ad­verse and in­con­sis­tent”.

The trial is sched­uled to con­tinue on Mon­day.

FILE

Pa­trick Pow­ell makes his way from the Kingston and St An­drew (RM) Parish Court in 2011.

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