Final witness takes stand in Campus Trendz trial
Murder accused Jamar Dewayne Bynoe called his final witness Monday, signalling that the end was near to the over two month-long Campus Trendz trial.
Bynoe, of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael, is accused of murdering Shanna Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding, who perished in a fire at the Tudor Street store on September 3, 2010.
Today, he called Stanislus Sylvestre, a clothes salesman and his former barber, to give evidence.
Sylvestre’s testimony focused on two pairs of H&M jeans, which Bynoe claimed he brought from Sylvestre back in December 2009.
In a written statement which police said Bynoe had made at the time of his arrest, the accused man reportedly said he had purchased the jeans from a store in Bridgetown with the money that he had taken from the Campus Trendz store during the September 3 incident, a statement Bynoe later denied.
When Sylvestre appeared in the dock today, he was shown the jeans in question and without taking a detailed look he said: “ I don’t have to look any further . . . I recognized them mam, yes they are the jeans.”
Sylvestre then went on to explain that he had purchased the jeans at an H&M Store on 34th Street, New York and had sold them to Bynoe.
However, under cross examination by Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale, Slyvestre was asked to explain how he could identify the two jeans from any other and whether he was the only person to sell such brand name jeans.
Seale also asked the witness to say what was unique about the jeans he had sold and whether he had put any distinguishing marks on the clothing.
“I couldn’t tell exactly if it’s these exact ones, but I know I sold him two pairs of H&M jeans mam,” the witness said.
Closing arguments in Bynoe’s trial are set to begin Thursday morning in the No 2 Supreme Court.
Madam Justice Michelle Weekes is presiding over the case.