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Gun found in St George’s year after shooting

The trial of two men charged with the murder of George Lynch continued yesterday with the jury hearing how the firearm used in the shooting was discovered more than a year later.

Wolda Gardner, 34, and Rickai Dickinson, 29, have both been charged with the premeditated murder of Mr Lynch, a Jamaican-born father gunned down on May 5, 2010 while drinking with neighbours. The defendants further deny using a firearm to commit the indictable offence.

Prosecutors allege that Mr Gardner ordered the shooting, while Mr Dickinson was involved in the attack itself.

Earlier this week, the court heard video interviews with Philmore Phinn and Kevin Simons, who were drinking with Mr Lynch in Mr Phinn's yard moments before he was shot. They told police that just before the shooting they saw a motorcycle ridden by two men dressed in black acting suspiciously. Mr Phinn and Mr Simons went to their respective homes to arm themselves, but then heard a single gunshot.

When they emerged, they found Mr Lynch had been shot. They rushed him to hospital, but he was pronounced dead. He was 40-years-old.

The court also heard evidence from a former friend of Mr Gardner, who said the defendant admitted ordering the shooting during an argument but that Mr Lynch was not the intended target.

As the trial continued yesterday Pc Donovan Sweet took the stand, saying that on June 5, 2011, he and other officers from the Police Support Unit were on duty in St George's.

At around 5.10pm, he said the officers were driving in two vehicles along Mullet Bay Road when they pulled into Wellington Slip Road. As they did so, they noticed Mr Dickinson slip through a hole in a nearby wall and begin crossing the street.

Pc Sweet said he stepped out of the car and approached Mr Dickinson for a stop and search while other officers approached another man, Edward Burrows, who was leaning on a wall by the intersection. He said there were a group of other men in the area, all of whom fled on foot when they saw the police vehicles approach.

The officer said the search of Mr Dickinson revealed nothing, but he was informed there was reason to arrest the defendant. Pc Sweet cautioned him, to which Mr Dickinson responded: “Can you just take me to the station now so I can be processed and bailed?”

Mr Dickinson was handcuffed and taken from the scene in a police vehicle, at which point Pc Sweet said be began to search the area of the wall where he saw Mr Dickinson emerge.

When he did so, he noticed a red bag resting near two green trash bins. Inside the bag, he found a hard, L-shaped object wrapped in a black shirt. He unwrapped the shirt and discovered the object was a rusty, black, wood-handled hand gun.

He immediately notified other officers about the discovery, who cordoned off the area and contacted both the Armed Response Unit and Forensic Support Unit.

A further examination of the bag by Forensic Support staff revealed a magazine and four live rounds of Winchester .45 calibre ammunition in addition to the firearm.

The court heard the weapon and ammunition were taken to the Police armory and later flown to firearms experts in Florida for analysis.

The trial is set to resume on Tuesday.

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Published May 24, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 23, 2014 at 11:38 pm)

Gun found in St George’s year after shooting

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