He was a good son, says mother of murder victim

The mother of the late Anderson Ashby says while her child was “not perfect” he was a “good son”.

Margo Ashby’s declaration came Tuesday as the trial of Damien Lecoursey Reveira, 27, alias Poopman, who is accused of killing 31-year-old Ashby, continued in the No. 5 Supreme Court.

Ashby lost his life on October 9, 2010, after an alleged gun deal turned deadly at the play park in Belfield, Black Rock, St Michael.

“He was a good son. He was a son I could talk to. He was not perfect, but anything that I ask him to do he would do,” said the mother who revealed that she last saw her son alive around 6 p.m. on October 8.

She explained that she had not been feeling well that day and went to take a nap. However, when she woke up sometime later she heard the girlfriend of her other son, Christopher, crying.

She was eventually informed about what had happened but she still wanted verification.

“I call the police station and the person that I spoke to said yes, Andy had died from being shot,” the mother testified.

Also giving evidence today was Station Sergeant Vernon Moore, who was attached to the Major Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department at Central Police Station at the time.

He told the court presided over by Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius that he had informed Reveira he would be interviewing him in connection with Ashby’s death.

The accused man allegedly told him at the time: “I know what it bout. I going tell you everything, just let someone call Andrew Pilgrim.”

After being informed of his rights, Reveira was also told of lawmen’s suspicion that he was involved in the shooting.

“The men come to buy a gun and one get shot. I hear he dead, so I left two days after and went to Canada to my father,” the accused allegedly responded.

Moore said he made a check that confirmed that Reveira had departed the country.

The Station Sergeant also said that a statement was taken from the accused man on what allegedly took place that night.

Reveira reportedly told police that he was in ‘Hollywood’ when a guy whose name he gave as Potty informed him that “he had to sell a gun to a guy” and asked that he accompany him.

But tensions were reportedly high during the transaction on Belfield pasture, which Reveira said caused him to pull a gun that he had in his possession and point it at someone.

“I look way to see what happening with Potty and the man grabbed my gun and try to push it away,” the statement read by Sergeant Moore revealed.

Reveira then saw a guy holding his chest and the men that he came with began running.

“So I ran too. . . . We went back in Hollywood.”

Under cross-examination by defence attorney Pilgrim, Sergeant Moore said he knew that three other men had been charged with Ashby’s murder.

He also testified that he knew Reveira had admitted that a shot had been discharged during a struggle with the man at whom he had pointed a gun. However, the officer said he did not know whether anyone had been injured, neither did he interview the man Reveira claimed he struggled with.

Sergeant Moore’s partner, Constable Merville Sealy, also took to the stand as well as Dave Gooding, a medical emergency technician attached to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who responded to the scene, and former police officer Euline Robinson.

The trial continues Wednesday when Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts is expected to call his final witness, Christopher Ashby, the deceased’s brother, to give evidence.

18 Responses to He was a good son, says mother of murder victim

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

    A good son will not be buying a gun. If he was a good son he would not be be six feet down today.That same gun that he was looking to buy could of get him into trouble. I will not expect nothing from a mother who bring a child into this world. Even though he wrong. Some mothers believe there children is right. That is why a lot of young people is out of order today.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor February 8, 2017 at 6:04 am

      He was a good son to his mother…. Nothing wrong with her saying that… A good son doesn’t make a good father, or husband or man in general….

      • miche February 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

        Good is relative,,,,,,He was good to her because she could ask him to anything ,and he would do it,,,, other known ” Good” sons are those who would knowingly bring home ill gotten gains,, and give their mothers,,,,, ,,some of these mothers should be held accountable,,, and be charged for benefiting from criminal activity.

    • Shanna Thompson
      Shanna Thompson February 8, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Sharon Taylor ✋ Preach!

  2. Greengiant February 8, 2017 at 7:04 am

    You sound just like a woman ( mother, grandmother, aunt, sister,niece ). They’re always good boys to you all even if they harming others, because you all are the ones whose bills they pay, who take their money, accept gifts and are the safekeepers of their proceeds of crime. Actually the young girls are attracted to these boys on the block because of the way you women deal with them. You women who adore your criminal minded sons and relatives are nothing but terrible role models for our young women. Truth is you’re either good or bad. Can’t be good only for your mother, like the saying goes. If not for your mother no one would love you.

  3. Ranisha Grant
    Ranisha Grant February 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Some of us need to understand that some children show a different image in front their parents, some parents don’t even know half the things that they children do when they are not home , so his mother saying he is a good son means she talking from what he does for her…. So don’t condemned the woman for saying her say was a good son, she obviously have her reasons why she is saying that

  4. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson February 8, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Some of these parents should be ashamed. Stupid statement…why would he be buying a gun unlawfully…not a model citizen for sure.

  5. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt February 8, 2017 at 7:32 am

    They(most parents)says that. And we the public have our own views.

  6. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement February 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Someone said if he was a good son he would not be six feet down…? Smfh..my son lives with me ..I see him every day but that don’t mean I know his every move… He is a young adult so we give him his space , he goes to classes, he’s involved in many social groups, he’s very respectful and looking forward to a military career so to me that makes him a good son… That’s the side we see. But who is to say.
    So that young Man’s mother might have seen the good side of her son… Why condemned her..?

  7. Chaniece Jones
    Chaniece Jones February 8, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I was saying the same thing always ready to judge ppl ….u could only do so much to raise a child …they gonna do what they feel like at theend of the day ..yall dont even kno thse ppl …everybody is a sinner frm the pastor to the buisness men on dope to the politicians to low life ppl …and matter of they were very respectful to her all three of her boys never see she ask for sumthing to be done and it wasnt done right away …they get caught up in sumthing they should never be in and this woman is a very nice woman btw ..honour your mother and your father is one of the greatest commandments and if thats the one they can live up too its good …pastors be buying drugs or raping which int new and we praise or look up to these ppl ….when yall gonna judge yall need to look at every situation tht is happening around us today …i sick ah it ..only GOD can judge man

  8. UNKNOWN February 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

    andy was a cool guy man, just got caught in foolishness

  9. hcalndre February 8, 2017 at 10:13 am

    The parent of the accused would also say that her son is a good boy too and find thousands of dollars to pay an attorney.

  10. Shanna Thompson
    Shanna Thompson February 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Oh sheesh….lol

  11. jrsmith February 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I remember in south London where I live some years ago , a gang shot dead a young black man , his parents also said he was the nicest boy ever , until what was unleashed on face book he belong to a rival gang and him many picture with a AK47 ..
    I am no saying this young man was bad or anything of the sort , just making a statement…..

  12. Dap February 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Do you all listen to Buggy song, he might be a crinimal be a bad boy but a son to somebody, I do not know him but who are we to judge it seems he had his faults but he was a good song to his mother

  13. Roger Gibbons February 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    To Greengiant my sentiments exactly.

  14. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards February 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Leave the woman alone. Her son was good to her. What he did outside didnt stop him from being good to her. Try to hear what a broken mother is saying without crucifying her…She knew he was not perfect. At the end of the day I am sure she would have felt better if he was caught and jailed rather than killed…Again I say leave the woman alone….

  15. miche February 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Good is relative,,,,,,He was good to her because she could ask him to anything ,and he would do it,,,, other known ” Good” sons are those who bring home ill gotten gains,, and give their mothers,,,who knowing how it was acquired ,,accept it with open arms;,, ,,some of these mothers should be held accountable,,, and be charged for benefiting from criminal activity.


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