The murder trial of two brothers who stand accused of murdering Shane Minors continues in the Supreme Court, with one brother claiming the other brother confessed to the murder.
The trial of Ronniko Burchall, 22, and his half brother Leroy Symons, 21, began on June 16th. Both men are accused of being involved in the murder of Shane Minors, who was found dead in the entrance of his home in South Terrace, Friswell’s Hill, Pembroke on December 17, 2009.
Mr Burchall [below left] is alleged to be the actual shooter, while Mr Symons [below right] is alleged to have provided assistance.
Yesterday [June 21] Police officer took the witness stand and was shown a video-taped interview with Leroy Symons. The interview took place on 3rd January 2010 and was about Mr Symons activities on the night Shane Minors was shot. Mr Symons said that he used to hang with his friends in the Deepdale area, but that he used to sell drugs “and stuff” up at 42nd.
He also said he had a girlfriend whom he used to visit after her mother went to work, and leave before her mother came back. He heard two shots about 1:00am on the morning of Shane Minors’s killing; at the time he was “chilling” with friends.
Approximately six times in the last five minutes of the interview, Mr Symons said “I did not shoot Shane Minors”. Twice he said: “I am innocent.” Several times he said that he had nothing to hide.
Defence lawyer Shade Subair confirmed that the officer had several years experience as an investigator with the Jamaica Police Force and had four years experience as an investigator with the Bermuda Police Force.
The officer confirmed that the date and time-stamped videotape showed that the interview ended at 22:17hrs [9:17pm] on 3rd January. Ms Subair asked what time Mr Symons, who was in Police custody, had been returned to the custody cells. The officer said immediately after.
However, Ms Subair said that the police custody record showed that Mr Symons had not been returned to the custody cells until 21:50hrs [9:50pm]. The lawyer asked what had happened in the intervening thirty-three minutes. The officer provided no answer except to say that he stood by his earlier assertion.
Ms Subair asked if a person named Jahkil Samuels was also in police custody in police cells that night; and that Mr Samuels was known to the police and that the police had a great interest in him. The Police officer agreed that was so. QC Jerome Lynch asked no cross-examination questions at that point.
An additional interview took place a few days later in which Mr Symons said his brother confessed to him that he killed Shane Minors.
He said he told the Police about his brother killing Mr Minors as word was out on the streets that Mr Burchall had killed Mr Minors, and that people had pulled a gun on his [Mr Symons] child’s mother due to it, and that his family was at risk over his “foolishness”. He also said that prior to the murder his brother showed him a gun.
At the beginning of the trial, the Prosecutor said that the murder victim was not part of a gang, however his brother Shaki Minors was said to be affiliated with 42nd, and it is believed that his why he was targeted. The brothers are said to be affiliated with Parkside.
It is alleged that the shooting of Mr Minors was in retaliation for the murder of 22-year-old Gary ‘Fingas’ Cann, which occurred only two days prior in 2009.
The brothers deny the charges, and the trial continues…
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