Seph Nico Jordan, who is accused of endangering the life of a schoolgirl more than four years ago, today declared he was “not the person that commit this offence”.
Jordan, who was 22 years old at the time, is charged with unlawfully and maliciously engaging in conduct on January 28, 2013, namely shooting at another person, which placed then 14-year-old Tianna Brathwaite in danger of death or serious bodily harm.
In his closing remarks to the No. 2 Supreme Court, he sought to discredit the testimonies given by several of the Crown’s witnesses, including the police and Brathwaite.
He maintained that he was not “here to speak ill” of Brathwaite, but she was “sadly mistaken” about what took place on Blenheim pasture, The Ivy, St Michael, because it “was not me, Seph Nico Jordan, that was involved”.
He also pointed out what he considered were a number of inconsistencies in Brathwaite’s testimony, including what he was allegedly wearing and the distance between her and two men on the day.
Jordan also took issue with the charge before the court.
He said the offence read: “. . . conduct endangering life or safety contrary to Section 19 of the Offences Against The Person Act, that Seph Nico Jordan on January 28, 2013 in the parish of St Michael, namely shot at a person which placed Tiana Brathwaite in danger of death or serious bodily harm”.
Jordan charged that statement did not support the particulars of the offence, as “the indictment does not purport the instrument used against the complainant” which placed her in danger of death or serious bodily harm.
“. . . So the question is, what did I allegedly have or use which placed Tianna Brathwaite in danger? I would allegedly have to use a firearm . . . and I am not charged for use of a firearm,” he pointed out.
High Court judge Madam Justice Michelle Weekes is expected to deliver her summation in the case, which is being prosecuted by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, on Wednesday.
The nine-member jury will then deliberate to reach a verdict.