Maynard trial begins

Four give evidence in double-murder trial

COURT TODAY BLOCKA medical doctor and three police officers testified today when the double-murder trial against Deon DaCosta Maynard continued.

Maynard, 41, is accused of murdering Arthur Chadderton and his son-in-law Gerhard Stock on August 2, 2011. Both men were allegedly shot while at Chadderton’s home in Salters, St George.

Dr Ross Herbert told the No. 5 Supreme Court that when he went to Arthur Chadderton’s home on the day in question, he saw a mature male lying face down with a pool of blood close to the left side of the body. Herbert said the man, Chadderton, was wearing a blue t-shirt and shorts at the time and he later pronounced him dead at 8:35 p.m.

Another witness, Station Sergeant Carrison Henry said that while he was on attachment at the District ‘C’ Police Station, he and a constable went to Salters, St George around 7. 20 p.m. They escorted Gerhard Stock, who was already in an ambulance, to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. While there, a doctor pronounced Stock dead.

Henry said he also took possession of the clothes Stock had been wearing and later handed them over to forensic scientist Marsha Skeete.

Faye Greaves recalled being one of two constables who escorted a vehicle belonging to Two Sons Funeral Home, from Salters. The van held Arthur Chadderton’s body inside.

Meanwhile, police photographer Roger Barrow displayed several photographs to the No. 5 Supreme Court which he took at Chadderton’s residence on the night he died.

Those included shots of the deceased lying face-down in his living room, droplets of blood in a passage and a bedroom, as well as some showing several wounds to the deceased’s abdomen, back, chin and in the area to the left of the neck.   

The trial is expected to continue tomorrow.

Justice Jacqueline Cornelius is presiding over the trial while Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman is prosecuting.

Accused Maynard, who is representing himself, did not cross-examine any of the witnesses today.

A 12-member jury is hearing the case.

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