Alleged wounding victim denies giving police statement about his shooting
The alleged victim in a wounding case against Evan Raheem Andre Jordan of 1st Avenue Skeete’s Road, Ivy, St Michael Wednesday vehemently denied signing or even giving investigators a statement in the matter.
Jordan, who is in his 20s, is accused of unlawfully wounding Roger Boyce with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him or to do some serious bodily harm to him on June 14, 2014.
However, when the matter came up before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court this morning, Boyce made it clear that he really hadn’t planned to attend court, as he had no intention of testifying.
“The night I got shot I was by myself, so I don’t know who shot me. I never gave evidence, never gave a statement in the case, Sir, nothing,” said Boyce, to which the magistrate replied: “So you are saying that you never signed the statement?”
“No, Sir,” Boyce insisted.
The prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid then stated and showed that he had a statement from Boyce, which also bore his signature.
“Never gave a statement, never signed a statement, nothing so,” Boyce maintained.
The prosecutor then rattled off Boyce’s name and address and asked if he was indeed that individual.
“Yes,” Boyce responded, but again insisted that he had not given a statement.
Frederick said he would not dismiss the case at this juncture, as an investigation would need to be conducted into the situation.
“Because, from what you are saying, someone may have forged your signature,” the magistrate told the alleged victim.
He then told Boyce that he still had to attend the Bridgetown court when told to do so, in order to settle the matter.
The case was then adjourned to May 3.
Jordan is also accused of using a firearm without a valid licence to do so on June 14, 2014, as well as unlawfully and maliciously engaging in conduct which placed David Lynch in danger of death or serious bodily harm.