The court heard from two state witnesses on Monday in the manslaughter trial against Stebin Valentine who is charged for the death of Charlesworth Christopher Jr.
The incident allegedly took place in 2009 at Portsmouth.
Director of Public Prosecution, Gene Pestainea told the court that on August 30, 2009 at about 1:30 in the morning, the deceased was sitting in front of his house with some friends when the accused came and sat among them. Moments later the accused leaned forward and said to the deceased “watch that.” Soon after there was a loud noise, the deceased fell back and the accused ran away. The deceased was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead.
He reportedly died of a gunshot wound to his head.
Ashton Joseph, the cousin of the accused testified on behalf of Christopher. “I was awaiting a friend outside of Jr’s house. I was on the road. There were about five other people there,” he told the court.
Joseph claimed that he heard his cousin and the accused speaking but the conversation only caught his attention when he overheard the deceased saying “let me see it.”
The witness recalled Valentine taking something from the side of his waist and while passing it to the deceased a loud explosion was heard. He continued, “After the explosion I saw Jr with his arm outstretched and falling back slowly. He hit the ground. The accused stood up from the stool and said, “Boy look at what I do! I running home!” while watching the gun in his hand.”
The witness sobbed uncontrollably as he described the events of that morning.
Under cross examination by defence attorney Dawn Yearwood-Stuart, Joseph said that he was not sure if Christopher and Valentine were good friends and Valentine appeared both shocked and frightened after the incident.
Dr. Carl Munroe a medical officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital was another witness for the state. Dr. Munroe told the court that the patient (Charlesworth Christopher Jr.) came into the hospital by ambulance.
He explained that on arrival the patient was gasping for breath, had a wound to his head and had blood secretions from his mouth. “I tried to stabilize him by setting up oxygen and IV lines and the patient was unresponsive. I administered CPR to no avail and the patient was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m,” the doctor testified.
The court is expected to hear from the police photographer and other witnesses on Tuesday morning.
Dawn Yearwood Stuart represents the accused while Gene Pestainea assisted by Athlene Nesty and Clement Joseph represent the state.