Final witnesses in trail bike murder trial

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Forensics did not connect accused murderer Shakatoure Thompson to the car that was used to run a couple off the road nor the bike that was eventually taken during the incident, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Thompson is accused of the August 11, 2014 shooting death of Nadia Cartwright, the attempted murder of her boyfriend Henry Burnside and his armed robbery.

He has denied the allegations at his trial before Justice Gregory Hilton.

The couple were on Burnside’s Honda 650cc trail bike when the occupants of a Nissan Tiida rammed them and opened fire, causing the bike to crash into the guardrail on Baillou Hill Road.

Cartwright was shot in the head and the bike was taken by gunpoint.

DNA analyst Alicia Cadenas, the prosecution’s final witness, testified that there was insufficient DNA taken from the rear wheel of the Nissan Tiida to conduct any testing.

Cadenas said a swab from the seat of the bike showed a mixed profile of unknown male contributors.

A swab from the left brake handle of the bike provided DNA of three people, two of them male, Cadenas found.

Also testifying was investigator, Inspector Michael Johnson, who said that Thompson denied involvement in any of the offenses.

In previous testimony, Sergeant 606 Dwayne Rolle claimed that he saw Thompson hiding the stolen bike in bushes close to his home.

The trial continues on Monday.

Ian Cargill appears for Thompson and Eucal Bonaby is the prosecutor.

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