Lead investigator Sergeant Halton Springer said murder accused Jarviston Glenford Thorne told him he tried to stop the truck he was driving from running over Kadeem Wilfred after he fell in front the vehicle.
However, according to Thorne, Wilfred was too close and he ended up driving over him.
Sergeant Springer was giving evidence in the No. 2 Supreme Court when Throne’s murder trial continued before Justice Randall Worrell.
Thorne, then 46, of Jackson Terrace, St Michael, is accused of murdering Wilfred on December 8, 2015.
Under questioning by Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Alliston Seale, Sergeant Springer told the court that in Thorne’s statement, he said he drove behind Wilfred after the now deceased man struck the truck he was driving with rocks, damaging it in the process. He said he wanted to apprehend Wilfred so he could pay for the repairs.
“We made a delivery in Bridgefield, St Thomas, and then I decided to go home to get something and get something to eat. While I was going to the bottom of the Tenantry Road in Jackman, I saw two boys walking in the middle of the road and I had to blow my horn at them. The two of them walk out the road and I drive and went home. I look in my mirror and see one of the fellas flinging off his hands but I kept on driving,” Thorne said in the statement that was given to police on the date of the incident.
“I left home and was travelling along the same road and when I get by the Arsenal playing field I see the same two fellas…. I saw one of them take a rock and hit the back of the truck. I stopped the truck in the middle of the road facing the pasture and I jumped out the truck. I see he with another rock so I take out the sword from behind my seat and run across the pasture but he was too fast so I did not catch him.
“I went back to the truck and as I was getting into the truck, the same fella came up the truck and broke a brick and started pelting at the truck, hitting it more than once. I decided to drive up to him with the truck so I could hold him and get repairs done to the truck. I went over the sidewalk onto the pasture and he started running but he fell down in front the truck. I applied brakes but the truck ran over him,” Thorne added.
The accused estimated that Wilfred was about three feet in front of the truck when he fell.
He also told police that he did not know how fast he was driving at the time.
In the statement, Thorne said Wilfred was still alive when he got out of the truck to check on him.
He said he called the police and the ambulance but did not get through.
Sergeant Springer said Thorne claimed that a man shot at him while other people threw objects at him and he drove off because he was afraid for his life and went to the District ‘A’ Police Station.
Under cross-examination by attorney-at-law Marlon Gordon who is representing the accused in association with Harry Husbands, the police witness refuted suggestions that Wilfred’s death could be deemed to be accidental.
“You asked the accused if he did not swerve off the fella when he fell down and he said he tried to brake but he could not stop. So would that suggest to you that that was an accident? Wouldn’t it be an accident if someone fell down in front of a truck?” Gordon asked.
“Not in my opinion. In my opinion, it was no accident,” the lead investigator responded.
Sergeant Springer said Thorne accompanied police to Arsenal playing field where the incident took place and pointed out several areas to them. He said while he did not take any measurements, another police officer did so.
The case resumes on Thursday.