Two prisoners testified today in the No.5 Supreme Court in the robbery and indecent assault trial of Teddy Orlando McDonald Gill.
Gill, who is self represented, sought to discredit the evidence given by the police concerning a cellular phone found in his possession.
The electronic device is said to belong to Canadian diplomat Dr Nicole Giles against whom the offences were allegedly committed on April 7, 2015.
Gill, of No. 77 Wanstead Gardens, St James, maintains that he brought the phone – a Nokia – from a man named Yank in Swan Street.
However, when lead investigator Sergeant Darby Griffith gave evidence in the case recently he said he was unable to track down anyone named Yank on Swan Street, Roebuck Street, Tudor Street or in Greenfield, The City, despite numerous inquiries.
But today two prisoners – Lavardo Hinds, of Gall Hill, Christ Church, and Shamar Callendar, of Risk Road, Fitts Village, St James – testified that Yank’s real name was Cobia Brathwaite.
Hinds said Yank was his business partner and he sold DVDs, CDs and phones along Swan Street, as well as in Oistins. He also described Yank as tall, slim built and dark in complexion, with shoulder length dreadlocks.
“Yank is my brethren. He was deported from America that’s why they call him Yank,” Hinds stated while Callender said he knew Yank because of his trade.
Under cross-examination from Crown Counsel Neville Watson the men also stated that while they knew Gill, they were not his friends although they lived on the same security block at the St Philip penal institution.
They explained that the block was made of two sections and prisoners where not allowed to interact; therefore they had not spoken to Gill about the case.
Callender went as far to say that while he came to court in the same prison bus as Gill, they never had a conversation.
“And without any discussion he [Gill] knows that you know Yank?” Watson asked. The question went unanswered.
With those two witnesses, the accused closed his case and will address the jury presided over by Madam Justice Pamela Beckles tomorrow.