Defendant rejects ex-girlfriend’s evidence
Giving evidence in his own defence on Monday, Randy Martin called his ex-girlfriend ‘just a typical liar’ when she said that Martin had assaulted Sabrina Schirn in 2006 or 2007 because he believed she had been involved in the shooting of his brother.
Martin, who is accused of murdering Ms Schirn in March 2009, told the court it was a different person named Sabrina who had been involved when his half-brother Fernando was shot in August 2004.
He also stated the name of the man he said had shot Fernando – not Sheldon Brown, who was convicted of attempted murder after trial in Grand Court.
The Crown does not have to prove motive for murder, but Solicitor General Cheryll Richards argued successfully last month to have the statement of Martin’s former girlfriend admitted in evidence.
In her statement, the witness said she saw Martin push Ms Schirn’s head into a plate of oxtail at a local bar/restaurant and he told her why (Caymanian Compass, 20 December).
Martin said he never spoke about his brother’s shooting with the ex-girlfriend, referred to in this article as G.
He told the court he knew Ms Schirn from seeing her up and down on the street, but he did not meet her until April 2008. At that time he was serving a sentence in Northward Prison and working at the prison farm in East End.
Martin said he would meet Ms Schirn when she brought G to the farm. He said she would visit other prisoners while G visited him. The purpose of the visit was for having sex and bringing marijuana.
He told the court he broke off with G because on one occasion when she came to the farm four inmates had intercourse with her. She became pregnant and Martin said he explained to her it was not his baby. They split from then. ‘She was very upset.’
He said G and other friends had delivered drugs to him at the farm. Other inmates had friends or loved ones who brought drugs to the farm. ‘We would secure it and socialise with other prisoners.’
Girls were visiting the farm area also – it was like an everyday thing, Martin said.
Ms Schirn did not visit him at the prison, Martin told the court. She visited his nephew, Lance Myles, and handed in cigarettes for both of them. There were other men in prison who knew her.
In February 2009 there were phone calls between him, his nephew and Ms Schirn. Ms Schirn was to collect weed from Myles, who at that time was not in prison, and take it to Martin. But she was not his only source.
As reported in yesterday’s Compass, Martin said Ms Schirn came to see him on the morning of 11 March, the last day she was seen alive.
They met at a shed on a property next to the prison farm, a little to the southwest of the prison farmhouse and the tomato patch where Martin was assigned to work. The shed was for washing bananas.
Martin said he had a mobile phone and he talked with Ms Schirn several times before she arrived. He believed he could be out of the guards’ sight for 15 to 20 minutes; after that they would come looking for him.
He said he told an inmate he was going to pick up some weed, so if a guard asked for him the inmate should whistle and Martin would hear. He then told the guard who was in the kitchen that he was going down into the bushes to ‘take a dump’.
He said he met Ms Schirn at the shed at 10.38am. Questioned later by Ms Richards, he said he was with Ms Schirn for 10 or 11 minutes. During that time he collected the weed and cigarettes and they were ‘kissing up and things like that’.
She went her way and he went his. At 10.56 they spoke by phone again; it was to arrange for her to come again on the 18th.
Ms Schirn’s body was found on 17 March in a bushy area off High Rock Road further to the south and east of the prison area. There is a shed nearby. Martin said he had never been there and, to his knowledge, it was not a place prisoners would have sex with girls.
Exhibits from cell
Martin was asked about items found in his cell. He said a plait of hair was not Ms Schirn’s; it was his own from when he had his dreadlocks cut off. There was a piece of paper with the plait and it had Ms Schirn’s name on it, but it was not his writing. He said the paper came from the prison office.
Asked about newspaper clippings referring to Ms Schirn after she went missing, he said he had a heap of clippings about different cases and friends that had lost their lives.
He had a composition book, which he said he used like a diary to record his personal feelings. There was nothing about Ms Schirn in it.
The final question to Martin from his attorney, David Evans QC, was ‘Did you kill Sabrina Schirn?’
Martin replied, ‘No, sir.’