Essadro Jefferson, the resident of Long Look who is charged with attempted murder and possession of explosives, was denied bail in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The 22-year-old native of St Kitts and Nevis is accused of trying to gun down David ‘Moony’ Springette near The Stickett in Long Look on December 12.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo ordered that Jefferson be remanded, after hearing from the prosecution that the complainant had identified Jefferson as the shooter.
In objecting to bail, prosecuting attorney Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit told the court that a ballistics report has linked a spent shell casing – which police allegedly found at Jefferson’s residence – to the gun that was used to shoot the complainant.
Police were executing a search warrant at Jefferson’s residence when they allegedly heard the spent shell fall from the accused.
Further allegations are that police also found a live ammunition in the kitchen of the accused man’s apartment.
At the time, Jefferson reportedly told the cops: “I don’t know about that. Ayo put that there.”
A spent shell casing, in the meantime, was also found at the scene of the shooting.
After the spent shell casing found at the scene and the one allegedly found at Jefferson’s residence were tested, it was discovered that both were fired from the same gun, the prosecution said.
Jefferson, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Ruthilia Maximea, will return to court on February 24.
Further allegations are that, on the morning of the incident, Springette was walking through a parking lot in The Stickett area when he saw a partially masked assailant hiding behind a derelict vehicle.
The assailant reportedly had a gun.
The gunman fired a shot in Springette’s direction.
Springette started to run and the assailant allegedly gave chase while continuing to fire shots.
It is alleged that, while running, Springette looked behind him to ascertain the location of the shooter.
He reportedly noticed certain features of the shooter, and eventually recognised him as Jefferson, the court heard.
Springette, who was shot in the right thigh, was assisted to hospital by a friend who was in the area.
The shooter escaped.
While at hospital, Springette reportedly told law enforcers that the accused has been ‘looking for him’ since his (Jefferson’s) brother was gunned down.
The dead brother, BVI News Online understands, is Estavan Jefferson who was killed near The Stickett about 6pm on November 17.
The complainant in the case now before the court, Springette, also told police about previous occasions when he received ‘menacing looks’ from the accused.
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