Eyewitness reports, his own family discrediting his ‘alibi’, and surveillance footage placing him near the murder scene are three alleged factors prosecutors have outlined to link Sean Martin as the gunman responsible for Jerry Castro’s fatal shooting on August 10.
Prosecutors made the claims on Monday during Martin’s first appearance in the Magistrate’s Court for the homicide.
The court was told that on the night in question, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras captured someone robed in a grey hoodie that fit the 27-year-old accused man’s description.
At 7:36 pm that night, CCTV footage allegedly recorded Martin heading towards the apartment complex in Purcell Estate where Castro and his friends were known to congregate.
Castro received a single shot to the back of the head exactly nine minutes later, the court heard.
Friends of the deceased reportedly told the authorities they recalled seeing a slim-built man wearing a pair of shorts and a ‘grey’ hoodie moments before the shooting. He was ‘acting strangely’ at the time, the court heard.
It is alleged that after the shooting, eyewitnesses sighted Martin leaving the area. This time, however, he was not wearing the grey hoodie but was carrying it in hand, prosecutors told the court.
When arrested, Martin allegedly told police he was at his Johnson’s Ghut residence at the time of the shooting, and only heard about the murder through his girlfriend.
But the accused man’s family members had reportedly told police that Martin was not home during the time of the incident.
Prosecutors further alleged that some of Martin’s phone calls indicated that he had become ‘paranoid’ after the shooting and thought he was being followed by law enforcers.
In court, Martin was not made to plead because the offence for which he is charged is indictable. That effectively means the matter may be heard at the High Court before a judge and jury.
Magistrate Hakim Creque on Monday made an order for the accused man to be remanded.
He is scheduled to return to court on September 21.
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