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Smith-Williams denies knowing Ferguson killer

A murder accused denied yesterday that he was involved in the gun killing of a father of one.

Khyri Smith-Williams told the Supreme Court that he had played no part in shooting of Colford Ferguson. Jerome Lynch QC, his defence counsel, asked his client if he knew who killed Mr Ferguson. Mr Smith-Williams said: “No, I do not.”

Mr Ferguson, 29, was shot dead in February 2011 as he worked on a house at the junction of Mangrove Bay Road and East Shore Road in Somerset.

Witness Troy Harris earlier told the court that Mr Smith-Williams had confessed his involvement in the killing to him and that he had driven the getaway motorbike.

He said that Mr Smith-Williams said another man, Rasheed Mohammad, had pulled the trigger and that the wrong man had been killed. Carrington Mahoney, for the prosecution, said that Mr Smith-Williams had lied to the jury when he said he was not involved.

Mr Mahoney told Mr Smith-Williams: “You and Rasheed Mohammad murdered Colford Ferguson that day.”

Mr Smith-Williams said Mr Mahoney was wrong. He said: “Rasheed Mohammad had nothing to do with Colford Ferguson's murder.”

Mr Smith-Williams also denied being the rider of the getaway motorcycle.

Mr Harris told the court earlier that he had two conversations with Mr Smith-Williams about the murder — one in Westgate prison and the other at the defendant's home when the two had been drinking.

Mr Smith-Williams, 27, said last week that the two had been in prison at the same time but had never discussed Mr Ferguson's murder. He also denied smoking marijuana with Mr Harris and that he had never failed a drugs test while in Westgate. But Mr Mahoney said that there were ways to pass a drug test.

He suggested to Mr Smith-Williams that just because someone had passed a test did not mean someone “wasn't messing about with cannabis some months before”.

Mr Smith-Williams agreed that was possible. Mr Mahoney also suggested the defendant's earlier history showed a pattern of marijuana and alcohol use.

Mr Mahoney added: “You have a problem with weed and drinking.”

Mr Smith-Williams said: “No, I don't.”

The defendant admitted last week that Mr Harris had visited his home in Somerset, but denied that he got drunk in the presence of the witness.

Mr Mahoney told the court that the case “pretty much stands or falls” on the evidence given by Mr Harris. He added that Mr Harris had “put himself in great peril” through his decision to give evidence.

Mr Mahoney added: “Troy Harris is speaking the truth.

“This defendant participated in the killing of Colford Ferguson.”

But Mr Lynch told the jury that Mr Harris would say whatever he needed to say to “suit his own purpose”.

And he questioned if his client would provide details on the type of motorcycle used, the clothing worn, and the route taken to carry out the killing to Mr Harris, but not details on the circumstances of the shooting.

Mr Lynch asked: “Or is it you are going to tell him how it was actually done? That's the brag isn't it?”

He said that Mr Harris had never provided details on the murder itself “because he didn't know — because that was not in the paper”.

Mr Smith-Williams is charged with premeditated murder and the use of a firearm to commit an indictable offence.

He denies both charges. The trial continues.

It is The Royal Gazette's policy not to allow comments on stories regarding criminal court cases. This is to prevent any statements being published that may jeopardise the outcome of that case.

Khyri Smith-Williams (File photograph)

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Published October 16, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated October 16, 2018 at 8:10 am)

Smith-Williams denies knowing Ferguson killer

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