St James resident Amandeo Kephar Henderson Yearwood today pleaded guilty in the High Court to gun, ammunition and wounding charges.
Yearwood, of No. 5 St Catherine Close, Haynesville admitted before Madam Justice Pamela Beckles to using a firearm without a valid licence on May 3, 2014 as well as unlawfully and maliciously wounding Damien Reece on the same day. He also entered a guilty plea to possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and possession of 17 rounds of ammunition on May 4, 2014.
In accepting Yearwood’s plea, Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney went on to outline the facts in the No 5 Supreme Court.
The prosecutor revealed that on the first mentioned date Reece was at a shop at Halls Village, St James with other persons when a car drove up with three people who got out and started to shoot. People on the scene reported hearing between ten and 15 gunshots.
Reece she revealed recognized “Kephar” as one of the shooters and so too did eyewitnesses who noted the vehicle’s licence plate.
Reece fled the scene when he heard the shooting and only later realized that he had been injured in the hand. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a gunshot injury to the upper left arm.
A warrant was executed at Yearwood’s residence, which he shared with other family members the following day. The illegal gun was found in a laundry basket, containing a magazine and 15 rounds of ammunition. Lawmen then asked him to hand over the clothes that he was wearing the day before and contained in his jeans were another two rounds of ammunition.
Yearwood who was 26 years old at the time was detained and under caution, police asked him about the gun and he replied: “That is the gun you find at my house this morning.”
Justice Beckles ordered a pre-sentencing report into Yearwood’s life and adjourned the case to January 16, 2019 for the sentencing phase after the prosecutor also gave details of Yearwood’s statement to police on his arrest.