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Thursday, 10 November 2011 00:00

KarenOn Tuesday November 8th the GSU received an anonymous call that witnesses in a murder trial were being threatened by family members of 5 accused men who were standing trial in the Supreme Court before Justice Adolph.


On Monday of this week, the murder trial of Brandon Smith, aka “Battery”, Leon Gray, Kenroy Humes, Deshawn Mena and Edwin Flowers aka “Drive” began before Supreme Court judge, Justice Adolph Lucas.  The men are jointly charged for the October 2nd 2009  murder of Randy Coye 20, who was found dead in the Lord Ridge Cemetery on Monday, October 5th.

As the case proceeded on Tuesday GSU personnel were called in. When they arrived at the court they proceeded to an area underneath the court’s verandah just outside Justice Lucas’ courtroom. There they rounded up as many as seven women and a man who were present.  The group of persons were all relatives of the 5 accused men on trial. They were all detained and escorted into a mobile and taken to the Queen Street Police Station. They were then searched. It was at that point that Karen Smith, the mother of one of the accused men, was found in possession of marijuana.

She was later charged with possession of a controlled drug when she appeared in Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Roberto Ordonez on Wednesday November 9th. She pleaded guilty to the charge and was imposed a 200 dollar fine plus 5 dollars cost of court. She was given until December 9th to pay in default she is to serve two months in prison.

No other charges were brought against any of the other persons who were detained and they were later released by police. The men’s murder trial continued despite the allegations that witnesses were being threatened; however, as many as four police officers have been posted outside the court room.