Killing was in self-defence, argues Alleyne’s lawyer

The murder of trial of Dwayne Omar Alleyne continued today with his lawyer appealing for a not guilty verdict to be handed down for the murder eight years ago of Paul Hope.

Alleyne, alias “Steppin”, of Maynards, St Peter, has been on remand at HMP Dodds for Hope’s shooting death which occurred back in February 2008.

In her address to the jury this afternoon, attorney-at-law for the accused, Angella Mitchell-Gittens, said while it was known that her client shot Hope, it was done in self-defence.

“…he killed where it’s [a case of] either kill or be killed and in those circumstances, [it was] lawful self-defence,” the defence lawyer argued.

The prosecution, led by Crown Counsel Elwood Watts, placed their case before the jury this morning.

On Friday, presiding judge Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius will address the jury in the No 5 Supreme Court, before handing over the case to them for deliberation and a verdict.

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