Murder trial begins

Jackson Rainford was fatally shot on 16 December, 2012

Trial began Monday for Tareek Ricardo Ricketts, who is charged with murdering Jackson Rainford near a Shedden Road residence on the night of Sunday, 16 December, 2012. Ricketts is also charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.

A jury of four men and eight women are hearing the matter, with Justice Alexander Henderson presiding.

The jury heard that Ricketts had been in a relationship with Terina Tomlinson and they had two children. They stopped being together several months before December, 2012 and she met Mr. Rainford in December.

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards said evidence would be provided that Ricketts was not happy or comfortable with the fact that Ms Tomlinson was now friendly with Mr. Rainford and there was the potential for anger and jealousy on the part of the defendant 
towards the deceased.

On the night Mr. Rainford was shot, he was in the passenger seat of his car with his brother driving and they took Ms Tomlinson and her children home. The shooting occurred in the vicinity of her residence.

Mr. Rainford was shot once in the head and twice in the chest. The bullets were jacketed hollow-point .38 calibre.

Ms Richards said Ricketts went to the police station with his girlfriend the night of the shooting. He denied shooting anyone and told police he was with his girlfriend that evening.

The Crown’s case will include a record of the defendant’s phone calls, Ms Richards said. CCTV footage from national roadway cameras will show where the defendant’s vehicle went during a particular time frame, Ms Richards said.

Jurors have been told that the trial is scheduled for two weeks, but could go into a third week.

Ms Richards is assisted by Senior crown counsel Elisabeth Lees.

Ricketts is represented by John Ryder QC, instructed by attorney Prathna Bodden.

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