Murder trial begins for three men

Two had guns, Crown witness says

Trial began on Monday for three men
accused of murdering Omar Barton Samuels, who was shot on 5 July, 2009 in the
McField Lane area of George Town.

The Crown’s case is that Patrick
Elbert McField, Osbourne Wilfred Douglas and Brandon Leslie Ebanks acted
together in a common design, Solicitor General Cheryll Richards said in opening
remarks.

Ms Richards said Mr. Samuels
received one gunshot wound to the leg. The shot penetrated an artery and a vein
and he bled to death.

Setting out the background to the
shooting, Ms Richards told the jury that McField had an argument with Mr.
Samuels on 4 July at Peppers Night Club. In the early morning hours of 5 July,
the three defendants approached Mr. Samuels at a house near McField Lane.  Ms Richards said Douglas and Ebanks had
firearms and discharged them at Mr. Samuels.

She cautioned that what she said
was not evidence: that would come from the witnesses and the jury would have to
determine where the truth lies. The critical issue was identification and the
correctness of identification. The three defendants have denied being at the
scene at the time of the shooting, Ms Richards said.

The Crown’s main witness is a
16-year-old girl, who is not named because of her age. She told the court she
is a cousin of McField and “far-off family” to Douglas. She said she did not
know Ebanks, but often saw him in the neighbourhood.

On the night of the shooting, she
and a friend went to the area to look for another friend, when she saw Mr.
Samuels sitting on the porch and they exchanged words. Then “the three boys”
came around the corner of the house, she said.

Ms Richards questioned her in
detail as to who was standing where, the sequence of events, who said what and
what the lighting was like. Defence attorneys were scheduled to begin
questioning the witness on Tuesday morning.

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