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Trott guilty of attempted murder on Court St

Jahmico Trott was found guilty yesterday of attempted murder.

A jury also convicted Trott, 30, of using a firearm, handling a firearm and carrying a firearm to commit an offence by a majority decision.

Trott’s co-accused, Troy Burgess Jr was acquitted of all charges.

During the Supreme Court trial, the jury heard that the victim was visiting his cousin’s apartment on Court Street when they heard a knock on the door.

The cousin looked over his balcony and said he saw Trott wearing a red bandana over his face.

The victim and his cousin both fled the apartment. The cousin climbed off the balcony while the victim ran to the street, where he tried to start his bike.

When it failed to start, he began to push it down the street.

CCTV footage showed the gunman emerge from the apartment, raise his arm and shoot towards the victim, who fell between two parked vehicles.

The pair then fought in the street, with Mr Burgess running across the street and into the scuffle.

The victim escaped and ran to Hamilton Police Station, while the gunman ran in the opposite direction.

Prosecutors alleged Trott was the gunman and Mr Burgess got involved in the fight because he saw the victim was gaining the upper hand.

Mr Burgess told the court he did get involved in the fight, but said he was only trying to pull the victim free so he could escape.

He told the court: “I put my life on the line for that guy because I love him. My only thought was to grip him and haul a** down the street.”

The jury foreman initially told the court they had found Trott not guilty of attempted murder, causing an audible reaction from the defendant’s friends and family.

She then corrected herself, telling the court Trott was guilty of all four charges by a decision of 10-2.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves remanded Trott into custody, pending sentencing this month.

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