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Murder weapon found in St George’s Harbour

The gun used to shoot Rickai Swan dead outside Southampton Rangers Sports Club was discovered on the shoreline of St George's Harbour, a court has heard.

Prosecutors told jurors yesterday that a little over two months after Mr Swan had been murdered on October 23, 2015, officers executed a search warrant at a Wellington Slip Road property. The morning after the search on December 30, 2015 officers recovered a firearm from the shoreline that was sent away to the United States for ballistic testing.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith said that the gun was forensically examined and found to be the firearm used in the murder of Mr Swan. Shantoine Prinston Burrows, 25, is accused of opening fire at Mr Swan on the evening of October 23, 2015 as well as injuring Mr Swan's friend Damiko Gibbons in the shooting. A second defendant, Taj Browne, is alleged to have given Mr Burrows a lift after the murder.

Earlier in the trial a witness, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the court that Mr Burrows told him and others that he had shot Mr Swan after he tripped attempting to run away from him.

Yesterday, detectives told jurors that the man had volunteered the information on Mr Burrows while being interviewed as a witness in connection to a separate murder investigation.

Detective Constable Anneka Donawa said that she and Detective Sergeant Jason Smith had been interviewing the man at Westgate on December 2, 2015 about the murder of Job Tucker when he gave them information about the murder of Swan.

Asked by Mr Browne's lawyer Charles Richardson how exactly the witness had provided the information Detective Constable Donawa said: “I think he might have brought it up.”

Representing Mr Burrows, Marc Daniels asked Detective Constable Donawa whether she or Detective Sergeant Smith had “put pressure” on the witness to give information about the Swan murder. She replied: “No”.

The witness was formally interviewed on December 22, 2015, in relation to the Swan murder investigation.

Detective Sergeant Smith revealed that he had also met the witness on December 9 when the witness was allowed to talk with his mother about his intention to give information relating to the Swan murder inquiry.

Asked by prosecutor Carrington Mahoney if he threatened the witness or offered him incentives to provide the information. Detective Sergeant Smith replied: “No”.

Mr Burrows denies murdering Mr Swan, using a firearm to commit murder, wounding Mr Gibbons with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and using a firearm to commit that offence.

Mr Browne, 22, denies being an accessory after the fact to murder.

The trial continues.

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Published September 27, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated September 27, 2016 at 7:16 am)

Murder weapon found in St George’s Harbour

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