‘That’s a lie’ - Crown witness rejects suggestions by defence attorney
A defence attorney yesterday quizzed a Crown witness on various aspects of his testimony ultimately suggesting that he was lying when he said that accused Detective Corporal Kevin Adams shot Anthony ‘Toby’ Trought in cold blood as the trial for two cops accused of murder continued at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.
Under cross-examination by attorney-at-law Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson, it was suggested that the series of events leading to Trought’s demise were not true.
Neita-Robertson, who is representing Adams, said, “When you said Mr Adams spoke to Toby then walked back to the Hilux, that was not true.”
“It is true, Ma’am. I was there,” the witness said.
She also suggested that Toby came out of the car with a gun and fired at police.
“That’s a lie,” the witness insisted.
He gave a similar response when it was suggested that the police then returned fire.
“That’s a lie, Ma’am. I saw it clear,” the witness said.
It is alleged that Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte gunned down Trought on February 13, 2013 in front of his 1st Street, Terrier Town home in Clarendon.
On Wednesday, the witness told the court that Adams told him, “Look what you make me do”, but yesterday he told the court that the accused said, “You see the things them I have to go through.”
Neita-Robertson suggested that Adams did not threaten the witness.
“He did, Ma’am,” the witness insisted.
She also asserted that Adams did not go the witness’ house earlier on the day in question, but the witness rejected this.
The attorney asked, “Do you know the difference between a truth and a lie?”
“Do you know when to quit, Ma’am?” the witness retorted.
The witness later apologised.
The trial continues today when attorney-at-law Queen’s Counsel K. Churchill Neita, who is representing Whyte, is expected to begin cross-examination.