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Brother’s side

courtThe Campus Trendz murder trial heard testimony from a witness Wednesday morning who contradicted certain statements made by the accused in his defence.

Dwayne Julian Bynoe gave evidence in the case in which his 25-year-old brother, Jamar Dewayne Bynoe, is facing six counts of murder.

The Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael youth is accused of causing the deaths of Shanna Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding.

The six young women perished in a fire at a Tudor Street, The City boutique known as Campus Trendz on the evening of September 3, 2010.

Last Friday, in an unsworn statement, the accused told the No 2 Supreme Court that on the day in question, he was in charge of looking after a house in Lower Burney, St Michael on behalf of his uncle Richard Bynoe, who was overseas.

However, when his brother Dwayne took to the witness stand around 11 a.m. today, he revealed that Jamar was at his mother’s house on the evening of September 3, 2010.

Asked under cross-examination by Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale about his whereabouts on the day in question, Dwayne answered that he was at work.

“I finish work at 4:30 [p.m.] I had a meeting after,” Dwayne said, adding that he later came home to the house he shared with his mother and brother Jamar at Headley’s Land.

“And you didn’t see him at home?” Seale asked, to which Dwayne answered: “Yes I did.”

The accused had said previously that after running some errands, he returned to Lower Burney around 5 p.m. and did some chores at his uncle’s house before preparing for his Sabbath.

“My Sabbath I would hold from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday in private worship, meditation, fasting and rest . . . When I started my Sabbath, it was around 6:45 p.m. and ended . . . at sunset the next day,” Jamar had testified.

Seale next asked the accused’s brother whether his sibling attended the Bank Hall New Testament Church.

“I recall him going to Mount Olive,” the witness said, adding that that church was located in Carrington’s Village, St Michael.

Seale again asked whether he was sure that the accused did not attend the Advent Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church.

“I cannot be sure about that,” Dwayne said.

“I can tell you where I am sure he went and that is Mount Olive.”

The witness was asked to tell the court the days of worship there. He replied Wednesdays and Sundays.

“So Mount Olive isn’t a Seventh Day Adventist church?” Seale asked.  “No, it’s not,” the brother of the accused man replied.

Seale again questioned: “So they are not keepers of the Sabbath?”

“Not as far as I know,” Dwayne insisted.

Earlier, Jamar had questioned his brother about the search conducted by the police following his arrest and what was taken from their mother’s home.

The trial, being presided over by Madam Justice Michelle Weekes, resumes at 9:30 a.m. next Monday.

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