Billy Adams., who was initially charged with Lynch’s murder, was murdered last July. (Photo: Facebook)

A Layou man who was a witness in a pending murder trial in which he was once charged, was gunned down in Layou Friday night, less than two years after he survived a gun attack.

Police say they believe that the murder of Billy Adams, 32, is related to the ongoing violence in the Central Leeward town, which has left several persons nursing gunshot injuries.

Adams died on the spot at a shop in the Swamp Gut area after receiving what police say appears to be a shotgun wound to the left side of his back around 8:35 p.m.

He was killed in the presence of his girlfriend and other patrons of the business, but it is not clear if anyone else suffered injuries.

Police told iWitness News at the scene that it is believed that Adams’ killer scaled an embankment to the back to the shop to gain access to the property, which is also accessible by a public road.

“We are moving to have this matter resolved and solved as quickly as possible,” police told iWitness News.

Adams was murdered less than two years after surviving an October 2016 gun attack in which he was shot three times.

In June this year, Matthew Quashie was sentenced to 20 years in jail after a jury found him guilty of attempted murder, wounding with intent, and two firearm-related charges, in connection with the attack on Adams.

Detectives and a physician at the murder scene in Layou Friday night. (iWN photo)

Adams was a witness in the pending murder trial of Andy Quashie, 26, who has been committed to stand trial for the Sept. 1, 2012 murder of fellow Layou resident, Joseph “Evans” Lynch.

Lynch, a 38-year-old fisherman, was shot and killed in the street in Layou around 1 p.m.as he made his way home from the beach, some days after he was shot at while fishing.

Lynch’s death was said to be in retaliation to a murder that had resulted in one of his brothers being jailed.

Adams, then, 26, along with Adolphus Foye, then 17, and Andy Quashie, 26 at the time, were charged with Lynch’s murder.

However, Foye and Adams were freed of the charge, while Quashie was committed to stand trial and Adams was to be a witness.

Like police, residents of the town believe that Adams’ murder is connected to the spate of violence that has left the town on edge.

In June, a resident of the town contacted iWitness News expressing concern about the number of shootings that have taken place there since March 14.

At that time, at least four persons had been shot and injured in what are believed to be interconnected incidents in Layou.

“I feel something bad is brewing in my home [town] of Layou that will eventually result in death because I don’t feel these shootings are mere coincidence,” the resident who asked not to be identified, told iWitness News.

“All these shootings, coincidentally, occurred in the same area of Betromy,” the resident said.

Among the persons outside the police cordon at the murder scene Friday night was the mother of one of the men who had survived being shot in Layou this year.

“You have no idea how I feel when I hear gunshots,” she was overheard telling another person in the crowd.

Adams’ death brings to 16 the number of persons murdered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year.

Six of those killings, all by way of the gun, have taken place in July.

6 replies on “Former murder suspect who became witness gunned down in Layou”

    1. C. ben-David says:

      Because all the eye witnesses at the rum shop will refuse to talk based on the well-founded fear that they will be murdered next.

      “Me na see nuttin, me na hear nuttin, me na say nuttin.”

  1. C. ben-David says:

    Layou is located half-way between the two tourist areas — Buccament Bay and Mt. Wynne — the government is trying desperately to develop. How will all these killings and more to come affect visits by foreigners to these areas?

    Jamaica, which has even a much higher murder rate than SVG, has its tourism areas on the north coast hours away from the murder heartland in Kingston, a shi*thole city if there ever was one. This is something that local tourist representatives never tire of pointing out.

    Not so for SVG which has all its tourist zones in close proximity to — five minutes drive to Buccament, 10 minutes drive to Mt. Wynne, and a 15-minute drive from Villa to Kingstown and surrounding areas — where so many of the country’s murders take place.

  2. Rawlston Pompey says:

    COLD-BLOODED MURDER

    ‘…We are moving to have this matter resolved and solved as soon as possible.’

    This is clearly not a domestic or trade dispute, and a ‘…matter for resolution.’

    Talk of, and actual solving a murder ‘…as soon as possible,’ neither brings
    comfort to the ‘…bereaved; …potential victims, nor residents.’

    Investigating and detecting crimes are ‘…daily routine of the Police Service.’
    Solving this crime is fine. Chances are, ‘…one or two gunmen’ might be apprehended
    and isolated from the society.

    This, however, may not necessarily allay harbored fears of residents of affected
    communities.

    Given that which the reporter has revealed, clearly speaks to a ‘…calculated,
    targeted and Cold-blooded Murder.’

    Law enforcement must never give residents that they are overwhelmed by the
    criminal elements. Such elements must never be allowed to feel that way either.

    Finding those who possess ‘…illegal firearms’ is as ‘…critical for safe communities’
    as it is ‘…critical in preventing further bloodshed and preserving life.’

    What of the strategies in combating these violent crimes?

  3. The government needs to put a handle on this issue. It is really becoming out of hand at the moment. You just not safe reading these articles every day in the diaspora. I have co workers who want to travel here because of the videos I showed them but am second guessing because I cannot guarantee their safety.

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