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Murder victim Garry Cann was arrested but never charged in connection with the fatal shooting of teenager Jason Lightbourne five years ago,

The Royal Gazette can reveal.

The 22-year-old, who was gunned down outside his girlfriend’s Sandys home in December 2009, was questioned by detectives after the slaying of 18-year-old Mr Lightbourne on Ord Road, Paget, on July 23, 2006.

Mr Cann was himself a teenager at the time but was already known to police, due to arrests for various offences. He served time in the Co-Ed facility for motorcycle theft as a youth and was on parole between 2005 and 2007.

A source told this newspaper that he was arrested along with another man after the Lightbourne killing; both were later released without charge and the murder remains unsolved.

It has been claimed by detectives in Supreme Court since the murder of Mr Cann that he was someone “close to the top” of the Parkside gang in Pembroke and had “Parkside” tattooed across his hands. His mother Ruby Creary said he was not a gangster (see separate story).

It is not known if detectives have drawn any link between his suspected involvement in the murder of Mr Lightbourne and his own death on Sound View Road on the evening of December 15, 2009.

But police have said they consider Mr Lightbourne’s murder, like Mr Cann’s, gang-related. Parkside’s closest ally is the Middletown gang and its key rival is the 42 gang; violent clashes involving gang members have been going on for more than a decade.

Mr Cann’s alleged high-ranking status in Parkside would have meant his death was considered a coup for those responsible, according to the source.

He was killed after returning to his girlfriend’s home with her at about 10.15pm on December 15; she had been driving a four-wheel drive vehicle and he was a passenger.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro, who is heading the murder inquiry, told

The Royal Gazette: “As they were retrieving some items from the car, just out of nowhere there was a gunshot behind them, a single gunshot, which basically wounded Mr Cann.

“The shooter was on foot at the immediate time of the shooting. We believe they may have been on a bike after that.

“We believe the person just shot at Mr Cann and ran away.”

Mr Cann was fatally hit in the chest and his uninjured girlfriend, an actress and business owner who has since left the Island, dialled 911 on her cell phone. Det Ch Insp Pedro said it was believed Mr Cann was the intended victim and that the Somerset gang MOB, allies of 42, may have had some involvement, as it happened on their territory.

“It would be unusual for members of Parkside to enter into the Somerset territory,” the detective said. “That’s considered a no-go area for Parkside, given the other gang that operates in that area, which is the MOB gang.

“We have led evidence [in Supreme Court] that MOB and 42 have an allegiance of sorts. For him to be in the Somerset area, would have been unusual for a Parkside gang member generally. “It would certainly be risky for them to enter that area but given the time of night and given that he was travelling in a four-wheel vehicle, there may have been some comfort to him in entering into that area.”

It is understood that shortly before his death, Mr Cann had been arrested for drug-related matters. Det Ch Insp Pedro would not comment on that or on Mr Cann’s arrest in the Lightbourne case.

He noted that the shooting of Mr Cann came amid a flurry of firearm incidents, including the murder of 42 member Kumi Harford on December 5 and the murder of Shane Minors on December 17.

“We had so many murders, all in a short space. Certainly, the murder of Kumi Harford would have been a huge factor in the murder [of Mr Cann]. Wheels Robinson was obviously a few months outside of that. “In the meantime, we had had several 42 members shot or killed in the whole tit for tat cycle. In the space of three weeks we had four murders, starting with Kumi Harford and ending with Perry Puckerin on January 3.”

The senior officer said few people were likely to have witnessed the murder of Mr Cann but those living in the area may have seen something which could prove crucial to investigators. “It was 10.15 on a Tuesday night; there is still going to be people around. People may have seen someone walking or running, something normal or something suspicious.

“They may have seen a person on a motorcycle entering or leaving the area. Someone was shot and killed on that road in that time; people should remember the night in question.”

He said others would have information about the killing and should divulge it to police, adding: “There are people who know what happened [but] there is not any evidence to progress the case at the moment.”

Detectives arrested a woman and three men in connection with Mr Cann’s murder and later released them on bail. The gun believed to have been used to murder him, a Bryco Jennings firearm which uses 9mm ammunition, has been recovered and a 28-year-old man has been charged with possession of a firearm.

Ms Creary, of Pembroke, said her son’s arrest for the Lightbourne murder should not “hinder his character” as he was not charged with the crime. “My son was never convicted for that case or for any other case,” she said.

n Part three of our series on Bermuda’s unsolved gang murders will appear in

The Royal Gazette on Monday, September 12, when we’ll focus on the January, 2010 shooting of 34-year-old Perry Puckerin. We want to speak to anyone affected by the shootings who has yet to see justice done. If you’d like to share your story, call 278-0133 or e-mail news[AT]royalgazette.bm.

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Published September 06, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 06, 2011 at 10:12 am)

Cann case stalls over lack of evidence

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