A jury on Thursday unanimously rejected a man’s claim that his van malfunctioned and caused a crash that seriously injured his neighbor.
Jamaican Jarvin Green had initially been charged with the attempted murder of Anthony Lightfoot, but the nine-member jury convicted him of the less serious charge of causing dangerous harm. Prosecutor Anishka Pennerman argued that Green, 36, intentionally and unlawfully ploughed into Lightfoot as he stood on Irish Spring Court on the evening of December 29, 2018.
Green’s van pinned Lightfoot to a wall and caused serious injuries to his head and internal organs, the court heard.
Lightfoot testified that Green had previously worked for him but developed a “vibe” after he was let go.
According to the evidence, the day before the incident, Green came to Lightfoot’s home and told him to tell his niece to stop calling his “[expletive deleted] phone”.
Lightfoot said that Green’s vehicle sped up and swerved in his direction, before it crashed into him.
This account was supported by the witness statement of Donte Demeritte, who was killed on August 6, 2019.
Demeritte told police that Green accelerated before the crash, alighted from his vehicle and fled the scene. According to Demeritte, a group of men caught Green, beat him up and detained him for police.
In his testimony, Green alleged that the crash was an accident.
He said he had been at the Arawak Cay Fish Fry where he had been bumping cocaine and smoking marijuana when “my leg stick pon me” before the crash.
He claimed that his “pedal stuck and the wheel [expletive deleted] up”.
However, a police mechanic who examined the car said that the vehicle was in satisfactory condition.
Despite his admitted drug use, Green testified that this did not impair his driving.
Justice Bernard Turner will sentence Green on November 28.
Bjorn Ferguson represented Green.