Men deny Prince Edness murder
Two men appeared in Supreme Court yesterday to formally deny the fatal shooting of Prince Barrington Edness.
Jaqui Pearman DeSilva, 20, and Joshua Tamouri Usher, 21, both pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering Mr Edness, 29, who was fatally shot outside a South Avenue, Southampton home on December 7 last year.
The pair also denied two charges of using a firearm to commit an indictable offence — one in relation to the murder and the second in relation to escaping arrest — possessing a firearm and possessing 0.4 calibre ammunition.
The matter will be brought before the court again in June in advance of a September trial date.
The case was one of several to come before the Supreme Court yesterday as part of a busy arraignments session.
Also appearing was Jason Eugene Stovell, 25, who denied causing the death of Winston Jones on October 18, 2014, by dangerous driving.
He also denied causing the death of Mr Jones while driving without insurance, along with causing bodily harm to Mr Jones's son, Sherwin, who was a passenger on his father's motorcycle by “wanton and furious” driving. Mr Jones, 49 died after a collision at the junction of Reid Street and Court Street in Hamilton. The matter was adjourned until next month, when it will be mentioned.
Meanwhile, Zicco Pearman, 25, denied a charge of importing almost 12lbs of cannabis to the Island in an incident on July 30 last year. Mr Pearman, from Southampton, had been employed as a security guard at LF Wade International Airport at the time. He is set to return to the court in June for trial.
The arraignments session also included two men who denied separate sexual offences. The first defendant, a 72-year-old Smith's man denied a single count of serious sexual assault, while the second, a 30-year-old St George's Man, denied charges of both serious sexual assault involving a weapon and entering a Warwick home as a trespasser while wielding a blade.
Neither man can be identified for legal reasons. The first defendant was given a trial date in May, while the second is set to go before a jury in August.