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Man shot by former friend, jury hears

A shooting victim was hit by three bullets when a former friend opened fire at him from close range, a jury heard today.

The gun allegedly used by Noet Barnett to injure Jeremiah Dill was later linked to three other shootings, including the murder of Yankee Rawlins.

Mr Barnett, 25, is on trial at Supreme Court accused of trying to kill Mr Dill on the morning of October 4, 2010.

Opening the case this morning, Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field told the jury the defendant and victim may have been friendly once, and the victim's sister was in a relationship with Mr Barnett.

However, he said, for some time before the shooting "they were on either side of a serious dispute which was going on".

This dispute, he said, led Mr Barnett to try to kill Mr Dill opposite the One Stop Grocery shop on Parsons Road, Pembroke around 10am.

Mr Dill was chatting with a couple of young women there when a person drew up on a motorcycle that had arrived from the direction of town.

That person, alleged by Mr Field to be Mr Barnett, pulled out a handgun and shot Mr Dill at least three times from close range.

Mr Dill suffered two wounds to his legs and one to "his backside" according to Mr Field.

"The shooter drove off but he had already been recognised by an eye witness who had known him for a long time; known him well for a long time," said the prosecutor.

Police arrived on the scene to find Mr Dill "sitting on the step of the One Stop bleeding and crying out in pain".

He was taken to hospital where it was established that he had not suffered life threatening injuries. According to Mr Field, the victim was "quite fortunate" not to have been killed.

On December 22, 2010, police found a handgun inside a Timberland bag on a wall, together with some gloves and a red cut-off sleeve wrapped around the gun.

"This was a few minutes' walk from the house in which Mr Barnett resides in the St Monica's Road area," said Mr Field.

Mr Barnett was arrested and police continued to investigate, receiving both forensic and eyewitness evidence.

The gun, which was a Rexio RJ Serie .38 Special revolver, was examined by a firearms expert, who determined that it was the same gun which had fired a bullet found at the shooting scene.

"The Rexio firearm was also found to have been used in three other shooting incidents which occurred both before and after the attempted murder," said Mr Field, revealing that one was the murder of Raymond Troy Rawlins, known as "Yankee".

The prosecutor continued: "A forensic link was then made between Mr Barnett and the gun; the same gun which had been used to shoot Mr Dill. Further, an eyewitness came forward and identified Mr Barnett as the shooter. Mr Barnett was re-arrested and interviewed, and in those interviews, he gave a series of lies in an attempt to create a false alibi for the timing of the attempted murder, saying he couldn't have been there because he was somewhere else. The Crown says that isn't true."

Mr Barnett is charged with attempted murder, using a firearm to commit attempted murder and handling a firearm between October 4, 2010, the date of the shooting and December 22, 2010, the date the gun was recovered.

He denies the charges and the case continues.

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Published November 29, 2011 at 11:39 am (Updated November 29, 2011 at 11:39 am)

Man shot by former friend, jury hears

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