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Woman out for morning exercise found handgun on Kindley Field Road

A woman who was out walking found a handgun allegedly used in a double shooting lying by the roadside, a jury heard.

Karen Richardson, 55, discovered the 9mm Beretta near the airport; the same area searched by police the night before.

She testified yesterday in the case against Sanchey Grant, 20, and Jahmel Blakeney, 30.

Mr Grant is alleged to have shot footballer Shaki Minors and his pregnant teacher girlfriend Renee Kuchler as they left Southside Cinema in St David's late on November 13 2009. They were seriously injured.

Mr Blakeney is alleged by prosecutors to have masterminded the attack, which they have characterised as possible revenge by Parkside against the rival group 42, since Mr Minors admits to having links to 42.

Various police witnesses have told the trial that Mr Blakeney was at the wheel of a black jeep that sped through a roadblock set up at the junction of St David's Road and Kindley Field Road in the hours after the shooting.

Mr Grant was a passenger in the jeep, and both were arrested after the vehicle eventually stopped for the police near BAS Kitchen, further along Kindley Field Road.

The jury heard from traffic officer Colin Mill on Friday that he had “an intuition” that something had been thrown from the vehicle before it stopped for the police.

However, neither Pc Mill, who searched the road using his motorcycle headlights, nor Pc Ascencius Jean Baptiste, who searched the area with a police dog, found anything.

Ms Richardson told the jury today that she parked her car at the Double Dip around 6.45am that same day, and went for a walk up Kindley Field to the airport roundabout and back.

When she was on her way back, she spotted the gun.

“It was like a dark grey gun, right on the border of the grass and the road. It was impossible for me to avoid it,” she explained.

“It was dark grey or blackish. It wasn't an old-fashioned looking gun.”

Ms Richardson reported the discovery to the police station in St David's.

“I said let me go and tell them because it might be a real gun and I didn't want a child to come across it,” she explained. She added that she did not touch the gun at all.

Defence lawyer Charles Richardson inquired whether she had any problems seeing the gun by the roadside.

“No, it was right there,” replied Ms Richardson.

She showed the police where to find the weapon, and gun and forensics experts were called to the scene.

They included firearms officer Andy Beaupierre.

He told the jury it was a Beretta gun and the safety catch was not engaged. He took it back to the police station and made it safe, noting that it was capable of holding ten bullets but was empty apart from one shell case that was ejected.

Detective Constable Kerwin Thorne later examined the weapon for fingerprints but did not find any.

Another police officer later flew with the gun to Miami and handed it over to Dennis McGuire for further analysis.

Mr Blakeney and Mr Grant deny attempted murder and gun possession charges and the case continues.

Jahmel Blakeney (left) and Sanchey Grant are accused of shooting footballer Shaki Minors and his girlfriend Renee Kuchler outside Southside Cinema in November 2009.

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Published November 08, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated November 08, 2011 at 8:51 am)

Woman out for morning exercise found handgun on Kindley Field Road

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