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Gunman found guilty of attempted murder

A 33-year-old man was yesterday found guilty of attempted murder and two firearms charges.

Jahmico Trott was also convicted of intimidating a witness – but was found not guilty of bribing the same witness.

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, the police officer in charge of the Crime Division, welcomed the guilty verdicts.

He said: “Cases of this nature are sadly becoming all too prevalent, but it is the members of the community that come forward to help the police bring justice in these matters that makes the community safer.”

Mr Pedro added: “The Serious Crime Unit that investigated this matter relies on the media and the public to keep the light shining on the scourge of gun violence, no matter how often it occurs.

“We must remember the untold damage that gun violence has done to our community – and verdicts such as this remind us all that persons who resort to violence will be held accountable.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the victim and his family who had the courage to come forward, members of the public who came forward, the excellent prosecutors at the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions, the detectives in the Serious Crime Unit and our forensic support team who worked tirelessly to obtain justice in this matter.”

A Supreme Court jury convicted Trott of attempted murder, as well as carrying a firearm and use of a firearm to commit an indictable offence, with a majority verdict of ten to one.

They also convicted him of intimidating a witness and acquitted him of bribery with a unanimous verdict for both offences.

The deliberation process took about five and a half hours.

Trott appeared through the Zoom app from Westgate Correctional Facility when the verdict was given.

During the trial, the court heard that on May 14, 2017 the victim was in his cousin’s apartment on Court Street, Pembroke, when a gunman attempted to enter in the middle of the day.

He and his cousin fled the apartment and onto Court Street while the gunman pursued him and fired four shots.

The victim later charged at the gunman and the two wrestled to the ground, where the victim recognised Trott as the shooter when his mask shifted.

A bystander separated the two and the gunman fired two more rounds at the victim, one of which grazed his head, but he escaped to Hamilton Police Station and Trott was arrested the next day.

Trott later spoke with a witness in the case on July 22, 2018 while they were both held at Westgate.

Carrington Mahoney, for the Crown, claimed that Trott offered the man $20,000 to recant his testimony and threatened the witness’s girlfriend and son.

Trott, who represented himself during the trial, told the court that he was at home when the shooting incident took place.

He added that, while he did threaten to hurt the witness, he did not do so for the sake of corrupting a witness and further denied threatening his family.

Trott demanded that he be sentenced yesterday, but Judge Craig Attridge told him that this was not possible and that a sentencing date would have to be fixed at a later time.

Mr Attridge remanded Trott in custody and adjourned the case for sentencing.

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