Lawyer says client gave purported confession under duress
The lawyer for murder accused Christopher Joseph has asked a jury to reject his purported confession to police.
Joseph is on trial for the murder of Lanero Alleyne, who died on December 7, 2013 from gunshot injuries sustained on July 21.
The shooting took place at Smokie’s Bar in Gambier.
After being featured on the “most wanted” list, Joseph, 27, was arrested for the murder in January 2017 and he allegedly admitted to the shooting during a police interview.
Joseph, who, according to investigators, willingly spoke to them in the absence of a lawyer, said that he was acting in self-defense.
According to the statement, it was the deceased who fired the first shot.
During the interview, Joseph said, “He shoot (sic) first and I gone behind a wall and I shoot back. I didn’t mean to kill him.”
However, Joseph’s lawyer, David Cash, asked the jury to accept Joseph’s claim that the statement was made under duress.
On admission to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, Joseph complained to Dr. Hasting Johnson that the police had beat him.
Johnson observed abrasions to Joseph’s ear and a bruise to his shin.
Johnson agreed that the injury to the ear could have been the result of being struck across the face with a book and the injury to the shin could have been caused by someone standing on a chain that was wrapped around the leg.
However, crown prosecutor Roger Thompson asked the jury to accept that Joseph’s admission was true.
The jury is expected to hand down its verdict on Monday after a summation by Senior Justice Vera Watkins.