A nine-member jury today began hearing evidence in a gun and ammunition case.
Romeo Randolph Rudolph, of Upper Dukes Alley, St Michael, is charged with having a firearm and eight rounds of ammunition on November 16, 2009.
He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
However, three witnesses, including lead investigator Constable Ronald Murray, took the stand this morning in the No. 2 Supreme Court to give evidence in the case, presided over by Justice Randall Worrell.
Under questioning by Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale, who is prosecuting the case, Constable Murray told the jury that he was on duty along Bay Street, St Michael in the wee hours on November 16, 2009 when he saw Rudolph exiting the food court of the Shell Service Station and entering his car.
However, the officer said after he requested the accused to stop, Rudolph “reversed with speed and collided with the concrete columns” in the service station.
Based on his suspicious actions, Rudolph was asked to exit the vehicle so that a search could be conducted, which turned up a black firearm on the floor behind the driver’s seat.
Rudolph was asked to account for the weapon and allegedly replied: “I buy it from a man last year July. A man in a green car. A whitish man. A Bajan man with curly hair.”
The officer said he asked Rudolph if he had a licence for the gun and ammunition found in the magazine and he replied “no”.
Rudolph was therefore taken to the
Hastings Police Station, where he allegedly told officers: “ I don’t want no lawyer. You dun get the gun and bullets. I ain’t giving no statement”.
He was later charged with the offence.
However, today defence attorney Vonda Pile queried whether Murray had been involved in a “heated conversation” with her client sometime before the November arrest, and whether he had also confronted him at a funeral at a Nazarene Church, but the officer said “no”.
Constable Murray also said he was “not aware” of whether Rudolph’s fingerprints were on the firearm or the magazine containing the rounds of ammunition.
Pile then asked the officer whether her client had told him at the service station that he was in the food court with two females who were getting hotdogs, to which Murray said “no”.
However, the lead investigator revealed that while Rudolph had uttered the oral statements, he never initialed his police notebook.
The case continues tomorrow.