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Downes awaits sentencing for shooting

courtThirty-four-year-old Jason Downes, who is said to have no fixed place of abode, has admitted to a serious bodily harm charge.

Downes told Madam Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court that he was guilty of the December 21, 2014 offence of inflicting serious bodily harm on Semon Thomas.

Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney, in outlining the facts, told the court that there was apparently some bad blood between the complainant and the accused.

On the mentioned date, a dispute over drugs ensued between the accused and a female friend of the complainant.

The dispute began in an area adjacent to Thomas’ home in Greenfield, St Michael in an area known as the Dope Hole.

Thomas’ friend left the area and ventured to his home where she was followed by the accused. Thomas asked Downes to leave.

Later in the day, Thomas was walking in the area known as the Grave Yard when Downes approached him with a firearm and struck him in the head with the handle of the gun three times.

Fearing for his life, Thomas tried to disarm Downes and it was during the struggle that the gun went off and Thomas was hit in the leg, and a vein was severed.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment and had to undergo surgery.

Thomas’ injury was considered life threatening and as such, he remained hospitalized until January 2015.

Downes was arrested in March 2015 and when told of the offence, allegedly replied: “I sorry that he get shoot. I didn’t mean to do it.”

A pre-sentencing report and a report on Downes’ remand time at HMP Dodds were ordered.

He returns to court on January 27, 2017.

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