Guilty as charged

Jordan fails to convince all nine jurors of his innocence

Seph Nico Jordan has been found guilty of endangering the life of a schoolgirl.

A nine-member jury handed down the verdict on the St Michael resident in the No. 2 Supreme Court Wednesday, four years after he was charged with the offence.

The jury found that Jordan, who was 22 years old at the time, had unlawfully and maliciously engaged in conduct on January 28, 2013, namely shooting at another person, which placed then 14-year-old Tianna Brathwaite in danger of death or serious bodily harm.

However, that verdict was not an easy one to reach at the end of the two-week trial.

The seven female and two male jurors were unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict after deliberating for just under four hours. They eventually delivered a majority verdict, with eight jurors convinced the young man was guilty and the other believing he was not.

Jordan, who was sitting quietly in the dock, was asked whether he had anything to say. But after taking a deep breath and clearing his throat, he said: “Not at this time, Ma’am.”

A pre-sentencing report into his life was ordered by Madam Justice Michelle Weekes as well as a report on his time spent on remand, in preparation for sentencing.

The case which was prosecuted by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC, was then adjourned until April 26.

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