CCTV footage shown in murder trial

The crime scene is cordoned off the morning following the July 1, 2015, shooting of 20-year-old Jason Powery. – Photo: Charles Duncan

Footage from closed circuit television cameras at more than four locations is part of the Crown’s case against Osbourne Wilfred Douglas and Justin D’Angelo Ramoon, whose trial for the murder of Jason Powery began last week.

Mr. Powery, 20, was shot in the head on the night of July 1, 2015, in front of a house on Martin Drive, near the Globe Bar off Shedden Road in George Town.

Ramoon, now 24, and Douglas, 29, elected trial by judge alone. Justice Charles Quin is hearing the matter.

Detective Constable Ronald Forbes told the court late Friday that he had viewed CCTV footage from various locations during time frames that started during daylight hours on July 1, 2015. The cameras were located at the Globe Bar; the Alpha Store, which is at the T-junction of Shedden Road and Mary Street; a business on Mary Street; and government CCTV cameras covering sections of West Bay.

Mr. Forbes said at 7 p.m. he was seeing daylight. Night came gradually and affected his viewing. Sometimes the officer could not see faces on the CCTV, but he saw “significant dress.” The court was shown daylight footage in which people appear whom Mr. Forbes identified as Ramoon and Douglas. He said he was able to bring each face close up and make the identification. He made notes of the clothing and footwear worn by each man and their hair styles.

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Mr. Forbes explained earlier that he had known each man about nine years; they are brothers and he named other family members. He said he had seen the defendants frequently, sometimes two or three times a week.

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards has advised that evidence will be heard from forensic video analyst Grant Frederick, but it was not certain when that would take place. Mr. Forbes has not yet completed his evidence.

The court has already heard evidence from Jerome Hurlston, who testified last week that he saw Ramoon shoot Mr. Powery in the face from point-blank range.

The next eyewitness was Justin Ebanks, who said he went to the Globe Bar with Mr. Powery after spending time in a yard in West Bay. When they arrived, they looked around, but “didn’t feel the vibes.”

He said they didn’t know the area: “We never felt threatened, but our spirit didn’t pull to it.”

Mr. Ebanks said Mr. Hurlston then arrived and suggested they go into the alleyway for a smoke. Mr. Ebanks said they went. He wasn’t feeling well because he had the flu. He sat down with his head down. Something told him to look up and when he did, he saw Douglas hand the gun to Ramoon. He never saw the man pull the trigger. When he heard the gunshot, he ran and then called 911.

Mr. Ebanks agreed that he was now before the courts for possession of an unlicensed firearm. He said he got it for protection after Mr. Powery was killed. He told the court he has been in fear of his life since he gave his statement to police.

He alleged that shortly after the defendants got their disclosure bundles, “they sent the threat out.”

Trial is scheduled to continue on Monday morning.

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