Sep 18, 2016 News
A witness, who was accused of driving the getaway vehicle which transported the assailant in the Freddie Kissoon feces throwing case, has denied any involvement in the crime.
The witness, Kerry Joseph, took the stand yesterday in the trial for which former Presidential Press Liaison Kwame McCoy is charged in association with Jason Abdulla and Shawn Hinds for the 2010 attack on Kaieteur News Columnist, Frederick Kissoon.
The men are accused of throwing fecal matter into Kissoon’s face when he emerged from Nigel’s Supermarket, Robb Street, Georgetown, on May 24, 2010.
It was reported that the men walked up to the columnist’s vehicle and threw the substance on him.
After the attack, Kissoon managed to drive behind the perpetrator who ran north along Light Street then west into North Road, before jumping into a waiting motorcar.
Kissoon tried to intercept the vehicle but backed off to avoid a collision.
McCoy, 40, of 336 Section ‘A’ Diamond, East Bank Demerara; Hinds, 51, of Albouystown, Georgetown, and Abdulla, 34, of James and Barr Streets, Albouystown, are facing a trial before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Yesterday, Police Prosecutor, Kerry Bostwick questioned witness Kerry Joseph about his knowledge and involvement in the incident.
In response to the line of questioning, the witness told the court that he had known the accused Shawn Hinds and Osmond Griffith, (the person who had allegedly thrown the substance on Kissoon) by “seeing them” in the East Ruimveldt neighbourhood. The man stressed that although he was “familiar,” with the two men, he had never spoken to them.
Joseph told the court however that he knew the number two accused Jason Abdulla. He said that he had known him while attending classes at the Government Technical Institute, (GTI).
The witness admitted to the court that the police told him that Abdulla had said something about him in relation to the matter involving Freddie Kissoon.
Prosecutor Bostwick pressed Joseph to expound further on what the police told him.
“The Police told you that (Jason Abdulla), said something about you in relation to this matter?”asked the Prosecutor.
“Yes sir,” he said
The witness added, “Police told me that Adbulla wrote a statement accusing me of being involved in the incident of feces being thrown on Freddie Kissoon.”
“Can you say that what it was that the police informed you that the accused (Abdulla) said was your role was in relation to the incident?”
“No, I can’t recall,” he responded.
“But, you were asked to write a statement in relation to this matter?” Bostwick questioned.
“Would you like to see your statement? Prosecutor asked
With no objection from the team of defence lawyers, the witness was shown the statement. After, perusing it for a few minutes, Abdulla read an excerpt from the statement, which outlined that “he was informed that by Police that Jason Abdulla was accusing him of being the diver of car which transported Osmond Griffith, called “Detective” to throw feces in Freddie Kissoon‘s face.
“Were you the driver of the car?” the Magistrate asked.
“No your worship,” Joseph responded.
Under further questioning by the Prosecutor, the man told court that he and Abdulla had a falling out following the 2010 attack on Freddie Kissoon.
After Joseph’s brief testimony, the matter was adjourned. The witness is expected to return to the stand when the case resumes on October 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm.
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