This morning, a trial by judge without jury kicked off before Madam Justice Marilyn Williams in the Supreme Court against Ladyville resident, Dillon Clarke . Clarke, along with John Chessman Jr., were jointly charged with the murder of Chinese businessman, Jiantao Yang.
This morning, a trial by judge without jury kicked off before Madam Justice Marilyn Williams in the Supreme Court against Ladyville resident, Dillon Clarke . Clarke, along with John Chessman Jr., were jointly charged with the murder of Chinese businessman, Jiantao Yang. Yang was shot once in the back of the head on August 9, 2012 during a robbery that turn deadly at his business place, E-Bay Supermarket. In late 2019, Chessman Jr. chose to change his not guilty plea to guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter. That is because the evidence against him for the murder was overwhelming since the entire incident was captured on camera. Since Clarke kept his not guilty plea for the murder, the trial commenced this morning at around 11. The prosecutor was Sheneiza Smith. The case commenced with the crown going through into a voidaire. The defense attorney for Clarke was Leeroy Banner, who is challenging the evidence of a purported caution statement that the police claims Clarke gave them, confessing to his role in the murder. According to Banner, on the day of the murder, an alleged caution statement given by his client was not given freely. He is claiming that Clarke gave the caution statement as a result of a promise the police made to him that they would not charge his brother. Both Clarke and his brother were detained for the murder. In proving that the caution statement was willingly given, the prosecutor intends to call 5 witnesses. Today, 3 of those witnesses took the stand. The first witness called by the crown was Superintendent Glen Rivero, Police Corporal Dercine Staine and Police Corporal Edward Vernon. The last person to take the stand today was the Officer who recorded Clarke’s alleged caution statement, Sergeant Mark Humes. The trial continues before Justice Marilyn Williams tomorrow.