Driver shot from car

A man is slated to be sentenced Friday after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm in a 31 May, 2008, incident.

At issue in the case of Lance Justin Myles was his identification and that of a black 2008 Mazda 6.

No one was able to identify who fired shots from a passing car, but one witness identified Lance Myles as the driver. Others identified the car as a 2008 black Mazda 6, which turned out to be the only one of its kind on the island. Lance Myles had bought a new black Mazda 6 a month earlier.

Myles, 21, is in custody while awaiting sentencing.

Myles had pleaded not guilty to charges arising from an incident in the early hours of 31 May, 2008, in the School Road area of George Town. Adolphus Myrie was shot outside the home of Kevin Moore.

The case relied on the question of identity, both of the car and the person in the car, Justice Leighton Pusey said. It was for jurors to decide whether they accepted the evidence that Myles was the person driving the car from which shots were fired.

The first three witnesses prosecutor Crown Counsel Nicola Moore called said they were friends who had gone to various bars that Friday night and ended up at Kevin Moore’s house afterwards.

Mr. Myrie said he was sitting on the steps when Kevin, who was standing near by, shouted out ‘Run!’

He said he saw a new model black Mazda with four doors and tinted windows, which were halfway down. Mr. Myrie said he saw a gun, which looked like a .38, pointed at him. He was shot in his left hand and left arm, one of his braids was shot off and one bullet had to be removed from his arm.

Mr. Myrie said he knew Lance Myles from seeing him, but not to speak with.

Questioned by Defence Attorney Howard Hamilton, Mr. Myrie agreed he had given police a statement in which he said he did not see the face of the driver or the shooter.

The next witness was Kevin Delroy Moore. He said there is a street light right in front of his house, so the road is well lit.

A black Mazda crossed the house. He knew a girl from East End who had a car the same colour, the same shape. When the car came back and stopped in front of his house he took a step toward it because he thought it was the girl.

At that point he saw a gun come out from the passenger seat, which was closer to him than the driver. It was a .38 revolver. He couldn’t make out the passenger because he had a bandana over his face, from across his nose downwards. He did not know the passenger was a man, but assumed it.

Mr. Moore said he ran to a vehicle in his yard. The car had stopped under the street light. After the fourth shot had been fired, he saw Adolphus on the ground trying to move. The gunman’s arm had been out of the window with his armpit over the window. Kevin made a motion as if he was going to pelt something and the gunman drew back into the car. The gun went off again and the hand with the gun was still a little outside.

‘As he drew back, that’s how I got to see the driver,’ Kevin told the court. ‘The driver had his left hand on the steering wheel. He looked toward the passenger and I saw it was Lance.’ He recognised him by his dreadlocks, slim face and big eyes.

After the driver left, Mr. Myrie called out that he had been shot. He was taken to hospital.

Questioned by Mr. Hamilton, he said it was not true that he had not identified Lance until after talking with Gary Oliver. Mr. Moore said he had let the police know from that night when he was at the hospital.

Earlier altercation

Mr. Oliver was the last eye witness. Before describing the incident, he told the court of an altercation he had with Lance Myles at one of the clubs he had gone that night. He said Lance had made a crude remark and he slapped Lance in the face.

Mr. Oliver said he could not say how many people were in the car. He did not see the gun; he only saw flashes. He said it happened so fast he didn’t get to see a licence plate. Asked if the car resembled a BMW, he said yes. He denied getting together with Adolphus Myrie or Kevin Moore to point a finger at Lance Myles.

Mr. Anthony Williams of Tony’s Toys said he brought two Mazda 6 vehicles in from a Jamaican dealer on 8 March, 2008. One was black and one was white. He sold the black one to Lance Myles for $26,900.

Ms Moore read a statement from a clerk in the vehicle Licensing Department that said there were 25 Mazda 6’s on the Island from 2002-08 Lance Myles owned the only black one from 2008.

Gunshot residue

Police officers gave evidence of stopping Myles’ car four days after the incident. It was examined for gunshot residue.

GSR expert Robert McCardy gave evidence via video link from London. He examined the adhesive tapes that had been dabbed on various surfaces inside the Mazda 6.

He found GSR on four of the adhesive tapes from the Mazda.

After the Crown closed its case, the defendant chose not to give or call evidence.

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