Lawyer says co-accused did not torture victim over seized drugs
A defence lawyer yesterday said that his client played no part in a man’s claim that he was beaten and tortured for losing drugs.
Jamar Malik Dill told a Supreme Court jury that he was beaten and tortured by Justin Cameron and Jahni Holder over several ounces of cannabis resin seized by police.
But Marc Daniels, defending Mr Cameron, said that he only mentioned his client twice during his police interview on September 13, 2019 – four days after the alleged incident.
He suggested that Mr Cameron had only visited Mr Holder’s house after picking up his daughter from daycare, where he saw the witness and Mr Holder.
Mr Daniels added: “After he saw all of you at the residence, he got something from Jahni, held you guys up and left.”
Mr Dill, who had been on the witness box since Friday, earlier claimed that Mr Cameron and Mr Holder slapped him repeatedly after he lost resin belonging to a third former defendant.
He added that Mr Holder later beat him, cut his hair, and a forced him to wear a shirt covered in lighter fluid that Mr Holder later set on fire.
The defendants were alleged to have also threatened Mr Dill’s life if he told police.
Both Mr Cameron and Mr Holder have denied causing him grievous bodily harm and depriving Mr Dill of his liberty.
Mr Daniels pointed out that Mr Dill referenced “they” a lot during his police interview and later specified that most of his accusations were aimed at Mr Holder or the former defendant.
He suggested this was because his client was never around when the alleged incident took place.
Mr Daniels also pointed out inconsistencies between Mr Dill’s evidence on the stand and his police interview.
He said that Mr Dill told police that he been beaten with a belt and a wooden object, and had been threatened with having his fingers cut off alongside other threats.
But Mr Daniels said that the witness had not mentioned those threats while on the stand.
He added that Mr Dill told police he didn’t know Mr Cameron very well, despite saying in court that he had known him since 2016.
Mr Daniels asked Mr Dill: “Everything we’ve heard about him has come fresh from this witness box, hasn’t it?”
But Mr Dill responded: “It’s the truth.”
The witness said that he had suffered trauma from the incident and struggled to remember “as well as I probably could”.
But he insisted: “They both participated in these offences.”
Mr Dill added: “I’m not saying I’m lying, I just don’t recall all the events.”
Earlier in cross examination, the court heard that Mr Dill and Mr Cameron had been close, often spending time working together and occasionally visiting one another at their respective homes.
Mr Daniels asked Mr Dill if he knew his client had injured himself in 2019 and had a daughter. He denied knowing both of these.
Mr Dill admitted that he had been convicted of several offences relating to violence and dishonesty.
He added that he had lied to loved ones and the police in the past.
But he insisted: “I’m not lying about this.”
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