Crown witness accused of lying

    The courthouse building in downtown George Town.

    A Crown witness who admitted to breaking into a couple’s home with three other men, was accused of lying when he appeared in court.

    “You are lying to save yourself,” said defence attorney Keith Myers as he cross-examined Caine Demetree Thomas on Friday. “My client, Mr. Elmer Wright, is not that man standing next to you in the CCTV.”

    While responding to Myers’ questions, Thomas admitted to having lied to police initially when questioned about his relationship to Wright and the other men.

    “At first, I told them I didn’t know who Elmer was, because I wanted to protect him, and I was doing what he asked me,” said Thomas. “But then he started to threaten me, and I decided to just tell the police what I knew.”

    While giving his evidence in the Grand Court, Thomas remained adamant that he was being threatened. He spoke while being flanked by armed police officers and detectives in plain clothes.

    Thomas claims he, along with Elmer Wright, Nikel Thomas and a fourth man, all played varying roles in the home invasion in Prospect during which a couple was bound and robbed at gunpoint.

    Nikel Thomas and Caine Thomas, who are brothers, previously pleaded guilty to several counts of theft, attempted burglary, aggravated burglary, possession of an imitation firearm, and damage to property. The fourth man who was named in the indictment has not been charged. By request of the court, the Cayman Compass is not naming that man.

    The trial was put off until a later date to allow the conclusion of another unrelated Grand Court matter.

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