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Shotgun had no hair trigger


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The shotgun that was stolen from David Benn’s Welch Town, St Peter home in March 2012, did not have a hair trigger.

So said police firearms examiner Sergeant David Leslie in the No. 2 Supreme Court last Thursday.

Leslie, who was testifying in the murder case against Kason Kemar Edwards, said he examined the shotgun which had at least six inches sawed off from its butt and a portion cut from the barrel. It was in excellent working condition, he added.

The lawman told the court he tested the gun’s trigger pressure and found that it took about seven to eight pounds to pull the trigger.

“It would take a deliberate manipulation to pull the trigger,” he said.

“So it did not have what Bajans like to call a hair trigger?” asked Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale.

“No, Sir,” the witness replied.

Leslie said that based on his training, the appearance of the individual pellets would indicate the muzzle of the gun to target was in excess of three to four feet “based on the spread”.

He said he also examined six 12-gauge shotgun cartridges, 52 pellets and a shot cup which had also been submitted to him.

When questioned by defence attorney Arthur Holder, the lawman said he was no expert in fingerprint analysis, so he could not say if fingerprints could have been retrieved from the weapon.

However, he said he did not have to be a fingerprint expert to know there was some kind of trace once a weapon was handled.

Also testifying was police medical officer Dr Jasmine Crump, who said she went to Lamberts, St Lucy on August 21, 2012. There she saw the body of a man face down in the road.

The doctor said she examined it and saw a two-centimetre hole in the shirt on the right side in the region of the upper rib cage.

She added it looked like a gunshot injury and there were small holes on the blood-stained shirt. (HLE)


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