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Saltus found guilty of gun murder

A jury found Travone Saltus guilty of the gang-related shooting of wheelchair-bound Lorenzo Stovell last night.

The five men and seven women on the jury delivered a 10-2 majority verdict after more than six hours of deliberation.

Saltus was convicted of the 2012 killing last year and was sentenced to 25 years. But the case was later sent back to the Supreme Court by the Court of Appeal.

Now a new date for sentencing will be set and Puisne Judge Charles Etta-Simmons remanded Saltus into custody.

Mrs Justice Simmons warned the public gallery to keep quiet before the verdict was delivered and said that “one family tonight will walk away unhappy”.

Saltus remained silent as the verdict was read. His lawyer, Richard Horseman, offered condolences to the Stovell family.

He added: “Our next step is to look at appeal.”

Mr Stovell, who was confined to a wheelchair as a result of an earlier shooting, was killed just after 10pm on September 23, 2012.

The court heard that Mr Stovell was on a party bus with friends which stopped outside Woody's Bar in Sandys.

The other passengers left the bus for the bar, but Mr Stovell remained in the bus with the driver.

Mr Stovell was shot at through the window of the bus and suffered several gunshot wounds.

The bus driver sped away to try to get the wounded man treatment, but Mr Stovell died of his injuries.

Prosecutors alleged that Saltus killed Mr Stovell in an effort to rise through the ranks of a West End gang. They relied on the evidence of Troy Harris, who claimed that Mr Saltus confessed to him in May 2013.

Mr Harris said Saltus told him if he wanted to establish himself in the gang, he would have to “put work in” and admitted that he had shot Mr Stovell to advance himself.

Saltus was tried and convicted of the killing last year, but the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial over the evidence of Mr Harris.

Carrington Mahoney, Crown counsel, said in the retrial that Mr Harris's evidence was supported by the testimony of other witnesses.

He told the court Mr Harris had nothing to gain by giving evidence other than a clean conscience.

But Mr Horseman said Mr Harris was an unreliable witness and argued that many of the details he provided could be found in media coverage of the shooting.

Mr Horseman highlighted Mr Harris's long list of previous convictions and suggested he was trying to protect the real gunman.

He added that there was no forensic evidence to link Saltus to the shooting or any witnesses that put him in the area when the shooting happened.

Saltus told the court he had gone to Woody's that night, but left before Mr Stovell was shot because he was felt ill.

A sentencing date will be decided either between counsel for both sides or arranged at next Monday's arraignments session.

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Belated justice: Lorenzo Stovell was shot and killed on Malabar Road, Sandys, near Woody's

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Published September 27, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 27, 2018 at 9:46 am)

Saltus found guilty of gun murder

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