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Murder attempt accused sentenced to 30 years in prison

A gunman found guilty of attempted murder and witness intimidation was yesterday jailed for 30 years.

Jahmico Trott, 33, was told by acting Puisne Judge Craig Attridge it was a “brazen” attempt to kill in “broad daylight”.

Mr Justice Attridge added that the crime carried “all the hallmarks of the arrogant man who you have admitted to be.”

Trott was convicted on March 30 and was also found guilty of carrying a firearm with criminal intent, use of a firearm and witness intimidation.

He was cleared of bribing the same witness.

Trott, who represented himself, told the Supreme Court yesterday his sentence should reflect that the injuries caused to the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were “so superficial” that he did not need treatment.

But Mr Justice Attridge said: “While his injuries were gratifyingly slight, the victim continues to suffer from flashbacks, trauma and anxiety brought about by your actions.

“It is only by the grace of God that your intentions that day were not achieved.”

Mr Justice Attridge added witness intimidation struck “at the very foundation of the criminal justice system” and was especially serious in a small country such as Bermuda.

He said that Trott displayed an “absence of remorse” for his crimes, which were “motivated by the apparent pursuit of vigilante justice.”

The court heard at the earlier trial the gunman chased his victim on Court Street in Hamilton and fired four shots on May 14, 2017.

Trott and the victim struggled and when a bystander attempted to separate them, he fired two more rounds, one of which grazed the victim’s head.

But the victim escaped and ran to Hamilton Police Station.

The earlier trial was told that Trott offered a witness $20,000 to withdraw his testimony on July 22, 2018 and threatened to harm the witness’s girlfriend and son.

But Trott told the court he was at home when the shooting happened.

He added that he did threaten to hurt the witness, but it was not with the intention of corrupting him.

Trott denied threatening the witness’s family.

He was yesterday sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder, 10 years for use of a firearm and five years for witness intimidation, to run consecutively.

Trott was also jailed for 12 years for carrying a firearm, to run concurrently with the other sentences.

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said after Trott’s conviction: “The Bermuda Police Service welcomes the guilty verdict delivered in the matter of the attempted murder.

“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.”

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