Judge in murder trial hears of 2009 fatality
The first witness concluded his evidence on Tuesday in the trial of Devon Anglin who is charged with the murder of Jeremiah Barnes on 15 February, 2010, in West Bay.
Jeremiah’s father, Andy Barnes, named Anglin as the person who approached the car he was driving at the Hell Esso station and fired numerous shots in his direction. One of the shots killed Jeremiah, 4, who was in the back seat of the vehicle.
Defence attorney John Ryder asked if Mr. Barnes could help the court “as to who might want to kill you?”
The witness wondered what kind of question that was supposed to be and Justice Howard Cooke, who is hearing the matter without a jury, put the question another way. He asked, “At the time of the incident did you have anybody in mind who you thought might want to harm you?”
Mr. Barnes said yes and indicated Anglin.
Questioned by Mr. Ryder and Justice Cooke, Mr. Barnes said there had been a previous incident when he was in his cousin’s yard with other people. A car pulled up, a man jumped out and started shooting. No one was hurt, but a bullet went into the side of the house. Mr. Barnes said he didn’t see the face of the gunman at that time but, referring to Anglin, “He opened his big mouth and told his friends he tried to kill me.”
Another incident occurred on 30 January, 2010, at Batabano Plaza in West Bay, resulting in charges against Anglin of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence and threatening violence. Mr. Barnes said Anglin showed him a gun in his waistband and referred to “Nah see nuttin” – the name Carlo Webster had on his car.
Mr. Barnes said Mr. Webster was his friend and he believed that Anglin had shot him. [Carlo Webster was killed on 10 September, 2009, at the Next Level Night Club.]
Mr. Barnes was asked if his belief that Anglin shot Carlo had caused him to assume that Anglin was the person who shot at him at the gas station.
The witness said no, that did not cause him to believe it – it was Anglin at the gas station.
Mr. Ryder asked if there were other persons who might want to kill Mr. Barnes and questioned him about his record of previous convictions.
He suggested that Mr. Barnes had deliberately told the police what he saw Anglin wearing earlier in the day on 15 February rather than what the shooter was wearing.
Re-examined by Crown Prosecutor Andrew Radcliffe, Mr. Barnes said he gave his statement to police around 10pm, two hours after his son had been killed. At the time, he was in shock and upset.
Mr. Radcliffe asked if he were able to remember everything in precise order at that stage. Mr. Barnes said no.
Asked who he thought the gunman was firing at, Mr. Barnes said “At me, sir.” He repeated what he had said the previously – “It looked like he was firing at everybody in the car.”
Mr. Radcliffe asked if he had any reason to believe that his wife or two small sons – the other occupants of the car – had any enemies that would wish to kill them.
“They had no enemies,” Mr. Barnes replied.