Pearman-Desilva Found Guilty Of Edness Murder

September 15, 2015

[Updated] The jury has returned a verdict in the Supreme Court trial of Jaquii Pearman-Desilva, finding him guilty of murdering Prince Edness.

On December 7th 2014, police responded to a shooting that took place in Southampton, which saw 29-year-old Prince Edness fatally shot, and the suspect fire at a police officer who was chasing them.

Mr Pearman-Desilva, 20, had denied the charges, which included unlawfully killing Mr, Edness, using a firearm to commit the offense and possessing a prohibited weapon and ammunition.

Joshua Usher, 22, had also been charged with the murder, however the Court already ruled he had no case to answer to, and he was found not guilty.

During the trial, the prosecution told the jury that in the evening of December 7th, 2014, Mr Edness, who admitted during a previous trial that he was a gang member, had an exchange with a group of people in the parking lot of the Southampton establishment before walking to a nearby residence.

Two people on a bike followed Mr. Edness, then a number of gun shots rang out. The two men then sped off, and police officers responded to a report of a bike fitting the description of the vehicle.

The prosecution said the police chased the suspects who turned into a private driveway in Southampton where one of them fired at a police vehicle, before the duo ran off.

Mr Pearman-Desilva was silent as the verdict was read out. He was remanded in custody, and will be sentenced at later date.

Update 6.11pm: Audio of BPS Detective Sergeant Jason Smith speaking after the verdict:

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