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Jury views pictures of bullet-riddled victim

The jury in a shooting murder case viewed gory pictures of the scene and bullet-riddled victim this morning.

Antonio Myers, 25, is on trial at Supreme Court accused of shooting Kumi Harford, 30, or being involved in the shooting.

Mr Harford died of multiple gunshot wounds after being attacked as he sat in his blue Mazda 323 car on St Monica's Road, Pembroke, around 5am on December 5 2009.

Prosecutors say more than one assailant was involved, although Mr Myers is the only person on trial.

Today, Detective Constable Peter Thompson of the Forensic Support Unit guided the eight women and four men of the jury through pictures taken by crime scene examiners.

The first set showed bullet holes in the victim's car which ended up crashed and wedged into the junction of Bandroom Lane and Mission Lane.

Prosecutor Rory Field told the jury during his opening speech that the car was moving at the time of the attack and ended up swerving and blocking the junction.

Det Con Thompson said of the bullets: “Some came from the left [of the vehicle] and some came from the rear right.”

A total of 12 spent bullet cases, a bullet and a damaged bullet were found at the scene.

The next set of pictures showed Mr Harford lying on a slab in the mortuary during an autopsy that was conducted.

The jury was shown the bullet wounds he suffered to his shoulder, hand, forehead and back and also three bullet heads recovered from the wounds.

Prior to the jury being shown the pictures, which were displayed on a projector screen in the courtroom, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves warned Mr Harford's family in the public gallery that they may not wish to see them.

“It has been suggested that some of these photographs may be fairly dramatic, so those members of the family who may not want to see them, you can go or stay as you desire,” he said.

However, turning to the panel hearing the evidence, he added: “Jurors, you cannot go or stay. Some may be fairly dramatic so please prepare your minds.”

The jury also heard that the shell casings at the scene were swabbed for gunshot residue and DNA and sent overseas for expert analysis.

Mr Myers denies murder and using a firearm to commit murder and the case continues.

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Published March 16, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm)

Jury views pictures of bullet-riddled victim

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