first_img 45 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews ‘I never meant to take anyone’s life’ defendant tells Court by: – May 19, 2012 Tweet David St. JeanDavid St. Jean who has been on trial for the murder of Clement “Johnson” James of Good Hope sought to gain compassion from the jury in an unsworn statement on Friday.St. Jean who has been charged for stabbing James to death on the Indian River Bridge in Portsmouth on September 11th, 2010 told the nine member jury that he “never meant to take anyone’s life”.The defendant who is twenty-three (23) years old told the Court that he grew up in Glanvillia, and had heard “from growing up as a little boy” that James was a homosexual.He read an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock after the prosecution closed its case having called ten (10) witnesses to prove to the jury that St. Jean did murder James.“I recall the date of the incident the deceased was staring at me in a sexual manner while holding his crotch. I remember before that he told me that he admired me for a long time. I went across to warn him. He grabbed my stick and started wrestling with me. I saw a knife he was trying to reach for while I was only trying to get away at the same. I ended up taking the knife and made a blow for his hand so he would let me go. He released me and I ran away. I remembered telling the police that the deceased was holding his crotch and licking his lips and watching me like he wanted me. When I heard that he died, I felt so sorry and surprised. I never saw Vernon Matthew at the time of the incident, all what he is saying is a lie. I never used these words; words like batty man have to die. Just want to tell the jurors I never meant to take anyone’s life; I’m sorry,” St. Jean said.Dr Verna Francois who testified on behalf of the state on Thursday said when James arrived at the Princess Margaret Hospital at 5:50 pm on the 20th of September, 2010; he was bleeding profusely and told her that he had been HIV positive for seven (7) years. Meanwhile defence counsel Wayne Norde called one witness to testify; inspector of police Matthias Abraham who was the police prosecutor during the preliminary investigation.Abraham was the one who took the witness statement of one of the key witnesses for the state, Vernon Matthew who is a close friend of the victim’s brother.It was Abraham’s evidence that the investigating officer sergeant John Carbon who also testified for the state, was on vacation leave in the United States when Matthew visited the police station to give his statement.Matthew told the Court on Thursday that he had witnessed the murder, taken two photographs on his mobile phone and informed the police three (3) days after the incident that he wanted to give a statement. However he was told by an officer whose name he could remember; “we have a witness already”. Matthew said further he went back to the police 10 months after the incident occurred on 27th July, 2011 to give a statement as the incident was on his “conscience” and he wanted to see “justice done for Clement James”.The jury will on Monday 21st May, 2012 make the determination as to St. Jean’s guilt or innocence.Counsels for the state and defence will address the jury while Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks will give them directions as it pertains to the law.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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