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Trial begins for man accused of Robin Hood murders

The trial has opened of a man accused of murdering two people in a premeditated “hit” as they celebrated a birthday at the Robin Hood pub.

Syhon Akinstall, 22, has denied the murder of Ayinde Eve and Micah Davis, as well as the attempted murders of Troy Eve Burgess and Derrick Golding, a police sergeant.

He has also denied four counts of the use of a firearm to commit an indictable offence, namely the alleged murders and alleged attempted murders.

Crown prosecutor Kael London described it as a “planned [attack] complete with contingencies” at the Robin Hood Pub and Restaurant on October 26, 2021.

During the Crown’s opening statement yesterday, Mr London told the jury that Mr Davis was at the Pembroke restaurant with friends to celebrate his 22nd birthday.

He then urged them to “imagine that day was your last one”.

Mr London said that the two men were fired at by a gunman who entered the restaurant.

He said that Mr Davis was fatally shot, while two other men were injured.

Mr London added that Mr Eve ran for the back door, only to be shot by another gunman waiting for him on a motorcycle.

The two gunmen, one of whom Mr London alleged was Mr Akinstall, then left on the motorcycle, which he said they later parked by a bush and doused in Clorox bleach, possibly to remove DNA.

Mr London said that the attack had been a premeditated “hit” with countermeasures in place.

He added: “Robin Hood was a restaurant where families went to get food, see friends or watch football.

“I can only imagine what the 911 call must have been like.”

The court heard that a forensic investigation recovered 14 bullet casings and nine shell fragments inside the restaurant, with an additional 11 casings and three shell fragments outside near the back door.

The motorcycle was found near by, alongside two empty bottles and one full bottle of Clorox, and two masks.

The bike was discovered to have been stolen.

Detective Sergeant Mark Raposo told the court that after the shooting, he was tasked with collecting CCTV footage related to the investigation and creating a log to highlight the movement of persons of interest.

In addition to the Robin Hood, he gathered CCTV footage from Belco, Saltus Grammar School, the Transport Control Department and the National Sports Centre, as well as several private residences.

As part of the investigation, he said he attended the junction of Border Lane South and Crossland Lane as one of the persons of interest in the case appeared to come from that location in the seized footage.

While there, he told the court he found a derelict property on Crossland Lane.

“It was just an abandoned shed,” he said. “From there, I located two Nolan helmets. They looked odd at the time for a derelict property.”

A further search of the property revealed empty Clorox boxes and a black Honda SH motorcycle.

Mr Raposo said that forensic officers were called to the scene and the items were seized.

The trial continues.

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