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Final witness takes stand in Campus Trendz trial

courtMurder 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.

5 Responses to Final witness takes stand in Campus Trendz trial

  1. Donna June 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This report is very muddled. What is the point being made and by whom and for whom? The extracts chosen and the accompanying explanations are not clear.

  2. Ric June 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Sylvestre is Jamar’s witness and the aim is to discredit the police evidence that says Jamar bought the pants out of the Campus Trendz robbery. Unfortunately the witness can’t verify that the pants in police evidence are the ones that Jamar purchased from him in 2009.

  3. BoboTheClown June 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    When the witness without taking a cursory examination would say yes without doubt those are the jeans he sold to Jamar ,it should be a clear and foregone conclusion (even though it doesn’t work that way in a court of law) that the witness was clearly not being truthful in identifying the jeans.
    I have been to court on many occasion and while often on the prosecutors side i was always reminded to answer yes ,no, or i do not recall if you did not have a clear recollection of an incident So after five years this witness’s memory is so clear ,he deserves a gold medal or a few nights in a cell.

    • Leroy June 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      But in all honesty, without a unique identification symbol or number, he needs not examine them closely, bc either way he cannot confirm he sold those exact pairs of jeans, all he can say is he sold jeans to the defendant identical brand and style to those presented at trial. There is noway he could remmeber the size either.

      In any event, in a situation like this where even I cant remember what I ate last thursday morning, I do not expect this salesman to remember what he sold 6 years ago. So his testimony is rubbish.

  4. BoboTheClown June 22, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I thought I was the only person with such a convenient memory.I guess i am wrong about that,even though I am not wrong in too many other things.
    At times I’ve , over the years, Remembered some things that might never even have happened. That tells you all you need to know about BoBo’s smarts.


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