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Jury told of party bus killing

A group of young men descended on a parked party bus and shot dead a passenger who was paralysed from the waist down, a court has heard.

Zikai Cann and Trevone Saltus are accused of murdering Lorenzo Stovell in a bus stop close to Woody's in Sandys on the evening of September 23, 2012.

Prosecutors say that Mr Cann and Mr Saltus were part of the group of men that went towards the bus before Mr Stovell was shot and killed. A third defendant, Cordova Simons-Marshall, is alleged to have hidden the murder weapon after the shooting.

Yesterday afternoon, prosecutor Carrington Mahoney told a Supreme Court jury that Mr Stovell had been left “crippled” from the waist down after a previous firearms incident.

“On September 23, 2012, there were two cousins from the Middle Town area, it was their birthday and they decided to go on a pub crawl,” Mr Mahoney said.

“A minibus was hired and it was mainly young women from Middle Town, about 20 in that range, that decided to go on that bus.

“Lorenzo Stovell was related to most of the people on the bus; he was the only male apart from the driver of the bus. He sat behind the driver.”

Mr Mahoney described to jurors how the minibus initially travelled from Hamilton to St George's and then back west again stopping at Southampton Rangers Sports Club and then near to Woody's.

The prosecutor told the court that Mr Stovell remained on the bus at each stop.

“At Woody's, the ladies got off leaving Mr Stovell on the bus,” he added.

“At 11.30pm or 11.40pm, a group of five or six young men were seen going towards the bus that was parked at the bus stop across from Woody's.

“Shortly after they went towards the bus, several gunshots were heard and a group of men were seen running from the bus back towards Woody's.

“They were running, but stopped, calmed themselves and then walked in.”

Jurors were told that after the shooting the bus driver sped off in the direction of Dockyard.

He then turned around and drove back towards Hamilton before stopping at Port Royal Fire Station.

“When police met him there they discovered that Lorenzo Stovell had died from gunshot injuries,” Mr Mahoney said.

The prosecutor added: “After the shooting, our case is that Mr Simons-Marshall, who had been at Woody's before the shooting, was seen walking away from Woody's briskly.

“He saw one of our witnesses and told him to hold something that turned out to be the firearm that was used in the murder.

“That person kept the firearm overnight and it was returned to Mr Simons-Marshall the next night, Monday.”

Mr Cann, 27, and Mr Saltus, 28, both deny murder and using a firearm to commit murder.

Mr Simons-Marshall, 26, denies handling a 9mm Smith and Wesson autoloading pistol and being an accessory after the murder by concealing the gun.

The case continues.

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Murder victim: Lorenzo Stovell, injured and paralysed in a December 2011 shooting, was shot and killed on a party bus in 2012

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Published February 22, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 22, 2017 at 6:15 am)

Jury told of party bus killing

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