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Gunshot residue found on clothes of shooting accused, court told

Gunshot residue was found on a sweatshirt and jeans confiscated from a man accused of shooting two people, a jury heard today.

One particle of the residue was found on the front outside of the sweatshirt, which Sanchey Grant was wearing when he was arrested around two-and-a-half hours after the attack at Southside cinema.

Another was found on the outside of the sweatshirt, on the back.

The evidence came from gunshot residue [GSR] expert Keena Zitkovich, who gave evidence at Supreme Court this morning.

She also testified that there was one particle on the front outside of the blue jeans confiscated from Mr Grant after his arrest, and another in the pockets.

Mr Grant, 20, was arrested by police along with Jahmel Blakeney, 30, the alleged mastermind of the shooting, after Mr Blakeney sped in a jeep through a police roadblock set up after the shooting late on November 13 2009.

Mr Grant was lying back in the reclined front passenger seat of the jeep. A number of items were seized from the vehicle by police including a pair of gloves which were on the front passenger-side floor.

Ms Zitkovich found three particles of GSR on the back of the right-hand glove.

A navy blue windbreaker jacket was also found on the right rear passenger seat. Ms Zitkovich found two GSR particles on the outside back of that.

She explained that GSR particles, which are invisible, are emitted from a gun when it is fired. They can land on the shooter, plus nearby people and objects.

They can also be transferred between people and objects if they come into contact with each other.

Ms Zitkovich agreed with Mr Grant’s lawyer, Jerome Lynch QC, that the four particles found on the clothes seized from the accused man was a low number.

She added: “It is low, but it’s not uncommon.”

Mr Blakeney and Mr Grant deny charges of attempted murder and gun possession and the case continues.

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Published November 09, 2011 at 4:20 pm (Updated November 09, 2011 at 4:20 pm)

Gunshot residue found on clothes of shooting accused, court told

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