Murder accused takes the stand

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An accused man proclaimed his innocence when he took the witness stand yesterday.

Before Shakatoure Thompson testified at his murder, attempted murder and armed robbery trial, his lawyer, Ian Cargill, reminded the jury that he had the constitutional right to remain silent in the face of the accusations.

Thompson is accused of taking Henry Burnside’s 2008 650cc Honda trail bike at gunpoint on August 11, 2014. Thompson is also charged with Burnside’s attempted murder and the murder of Burnside’s girlfriend, Nadia Cartwright, who was riding pillion on the bike when a gunman in a car shot her in the head, causing Burnside to crash into a guard rail on Baillou Hill Road.

Thompson, who is in custody, has denied the allegations at his trial before Acting Justice Gregory Hilton.

Cargill asked Thompson where he was between 11 and midnight on the day in question, He replied that he was at home with his friend, Anya Smith.

Thompson said that he remained in the efficiency at 123 Major Road until police came around 3 a.m.

The stolen bike was found in bushes behind his neighbor’s yard.

However, Thompson denied that he was the one who put it there.

According to Thompson, he saw a squad of plain clothes officers in the bush near the bike around the time he was arrested.

Sergeant 406 Dwayne Rolle said that he was patrolling in Yellow Elder Gardens in the early morning hours of August 11 when he allegedly saw Thompson walking with the bike towards bushes, in close proximity to his home at 123 Major Road.

Rolle said he had known Thompson for two to three years, but Thompson said he did not know him.

At the time of his arrest, Thompson said he had a 2012 650cc trail bike in his yard and there was another bike that he was repairing for a customer.

Eucal Bonaby is the prosecutor.

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