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Death of man hit by car was no accident, prosecutor says

When Tyrone Francis knocked down three pedestrians in 2009, his actions were intentional, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday.

Francis is accused of the murder of Jonathan Linden and the attempted murders of his friends Elvardo Johnson and Jerome Charlton.

Francis, who is on bail, has denied the charges at his trial before Justice Guillimina Archer-Minns.

While prosecutor Jacqueline Forbes-Foster urged the jury to find that Francis acted deliberately and intentionally when his Hyundai Accent ploughed into the three friends as they walked home from Royal Castle, Francis’ lawyer Keith Seymour said the incident was just a traffic accident.

He said that Francis had no ill-intent as he ran to the Central Police Station to report the accident.

According to the prosecution’s case, the men had an exchange of words with Francis while at a restaurant, just 10 minutes before Francis claimed that he lost control of his vehicle when he swerved after someone threw an object across the windshield.

Seymour said the police “rushed to judgment” by filing criminal charges in what was really a traffic accident.

But Forbes-Foster insisted, “His actions were intentional and he ought to have known that his actions could cause death.”

She said Francis lacked justification for his actions towards Johnson and Charlton.

She asserted that Francis was still angry about the argument.

Forbes-Foster said, “Some people just let things slide; some people hold onto it.”

Archer-Minns will turn the case over to the jury today.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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