Jury hears expert witness in murder trial

A pathologist testified last week that a self-inflicted wound was
impossible in the shooting death of Omar Barton Samuels.

During the trial of three men accused of murdering Mr. Samuels on 4 July
2009, forensic pathologist Bruce Hyman described the wound he saw. He said
given the position of the wound, the nature of distant gunshot and the
disability of Mr. Samuels — whose left arm had been amputated some time ago —
it would have been impossible for him to have inflicted this wound on himself.

Patrick Elbert McField, Osbourne Wilfred Douglas and Brandon Leslie Ebanks
are charged in the murder. The Crown’s case is that Douglas and Ebanks had
firearms and discharged them at Mr. Samuels.

Defence attorneys asked about scrapes and abrasions Dr. Hyma said he had
found on Mr. Samuels’ face, elbow ad knees. He agreed they were consistent with
falling several times or coming in contact with a concrete wall. The
pathologist did not find clinical evidence of a beating — no marks from
punches or kicks.

Earlier, witness Johan Taylor told the court he went with friends to the
McField Lane area of George Town to visit a spot called Jah T’s sometime after
midnight. Around 1am he heard four explosions one after one another and a fifth
a few seconds later. He and his friends decided to leave and got into their
car. As they were entering McField Lane to get to Mary Street, they saw a crowd
had gathered.

Mr. Taylor, who had worked as a nurse, said he went to where a person was
lying on the ground with blood coming from his left thigh. He made a tourniquet
and tied it around the man’s thigh. He tried to keep the victim calm, but he
continued to struggle.  When the
ambulance officers arrived they took over.