Uncle testifies

Campus Trendz murder trial resumes

Murder accused Jamar Dewayne Bynoe faced his uncle today as the Campus Trendz murder trial continued yesterday before Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court.

Jamar Dewayne Bynoe
Jamar Dewayne Bynoe

The accused of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael is accused of murdering six young women on September 3, 2010. Shanna Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding all perished in the fire at the Campus Trendz store on Tudor Street, The City.

Jamar’s uncle Richard Bynoe, who as visiting one of his sisters – not Jamar’s mother who lived just two houses from that sister – testified for the prosecution in the trial, now in its sixth week.

Questioned by Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale about what took place between in the weeks before and after the robbery and fire, the witness recalled that he had travelled to Guyana in August that year and had left one of his nephews in charge of his Citrus Close, Lower Burney, St. Michael home.

However, when that nephew advised that he too was travelling, Bynoe said he proposed that Jamar looks after the house until his return. He said he returned to the island on September 12 and one day later while at his sister’s home at Headley Land, St Michael, several police officers turned up to talk
to her.

He said Jamar was also at the house when the police arrived and after the lawmen spoke to his sister, she took ill.

Richard Bynoe testified that his nephew identified “a red gas can” to the offices, who then took Jamar to Bynoe’s house at Lower Burney before looking at some nearby garbage cans.

Under cross-examination by the accused who is representing himself, the witness said he could not recall what time the officers had reached Headley’s Land.

Admitting that his memory of the event nearly six years ago was no longer entirely clear, Bynoe said he did not recall if the police had showed him a warrant before entering his house.

“I really can’t recall everything that happened that day . . . All I was interested in is the fact that my sister collapsed when the police came there. I thought my sister was dying. That is all I was interested in,” an emotional and tearful Bynoe said.

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