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Alleged gunman, 'I did not have anything to do with this and it had nothing to do with me'

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An alleged gunman insisted yesterday that he was not involved in a daylight attack on Court Street on Mother’s Day.

Jahmico Trott, 33, also denied he offered a man $20,000 to give false information during his appeal case or that he threatened the same man’s girlfriend and son.

Mr Trott told the Supreme Court: “I did not do this – I did not have anything to do with this and it had nothing to do with me.

“On the day in question I was at home.”

He added: “I’m not threatening anybody’s children, I’m not threatening anybody’s girl – I do not harm women and I do not harm kids.”

Mr Trott, who is representing himself in the trial, has denied charges of attempted murder, the use of a firearm to commit an indictable offence and carrying a firearm in connection with the incident on May 14, 2017.

He also denied allegations that he intimidated and attempted to corrupt a witness on July 22, 2018.

Mr Trott told the court that he cleaned his house and walked his dog for most of the day that the alleged shooting took place.

He said he later went to 1609 Restaurant at the Hamilton Princess with a friend before returning home around 5pm to see his girlfriend, who had returned from a weekend trip to the US.

Mr Trott added he then took his girlfriend out for a Mother’s Day dinner before he went home.

He said: “Not at any point in time during that day did I say ’I’m going to go and try to shoot somebody’ – the thought never even crossed my mind.”

Mr Trott said he was arrested the next day by armed police officers for attempted murder and firearms offences.

He added that he spoke with a witness in another court case on July 22 the following year while they were both held at Westgate Correctional Facility.

Mr Trott said that the witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had lied during Mr Trott’s earlier trial.

He added that the man offered to file an affidavit during Mr Trott’s appeal case – but instead told police that the defendant threatened his girlfriend and child.

Mr Trott admitted that, while he did threaten to hurt the man, he did not do so because the man was a witness.

He added that he did not threaten to hurt the man’s girlfriend or son and said that he did not know witness had a family.

The trial continues.

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