The man who was shot in Kingstown during a daring daylight attack on Oct. 15, 2017 did not turn up to court last Monday, when the preliminary inquiry began.
Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that the Crown had not summoned Paul’s Avenue resident Jawansa “Sanga” Fraser, who survived the attack on his life in his Kingstown community.
Defence Counsel Grant Connell, who is representing Colin “Cocoa” David, one of the three men charged in connection with the shooting, argued vehemently for an adjournment and suggested that Fraser would not attend court.
However, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias, after hearing the submission of the prosecution, said that the court would hear the testimony of the three witnesses — all police officers — who were available on that day.
Connell protested, saying that doing so would be a colossal waste of time, noting that none of the witnesses were material to the case.
In comments that had more than a hint of sarcasm, the defence counsel said that he appreciated the difficulties of the Crown in locating Fraser – who lives a few hundred yards away from the court.
The lawyer suggested that the preliminary inquiry be postponed to a day when all of the witnesses have been properly summoned.
However, the magistrate decided to proceed, telling counsel that she has seen Delplesche make the appropriate decision when the Crown’s case meets certain consideration.
Delplesche told the court that the testimonies of the three witnesses available last Monday were short.
But after hearing the testimony of two witnesses, the prosecutor rose and told the court that while the testimony of the investigator was expected to be short, it would be longer than his colleagues who had given evidence before him.
The magistrate then decided to postpone the hearing until April 3.
David, a Glen resident, who is originally of Long Wall, and Ricardo “Shrek” McFee, of Largo Height, and Jomarno “Small Man” Tash, of Rockies, have been charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of Fraser.
The trio have each been charged that on Oct. 15, 2017 at Paul’s Avenue, with intent to commit the offence of murder on Fraser, they each did an act which was more than merely preparatory to the commission of the offence.
When David returns to court on April 3, he will also be sentenced in connection with a conviction for firearm possession.
The case was initially sent to the High Court for sentencing but it was reverted to the lower court, where the matter was heard.