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Trought shot thrice, bled out

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

An autopsy carried out on the body of Anthony ‘Toby’ Trought revealed that he was shot three times, causing injury to his heart, which ultimately resulted in his death.

The doctor who did the examination said that Trought sustained one gunshot wound to the left of his chest, another to the right, and the final one mid-torso.

He was testifying in the trial of Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte, both of whom are charged for the February 13, 2012, murder of Trought on 1st Street in Terrier Town, Clarendon.

According to the doctor, all entrance wounds had corresponding exit wounds to the back, which were slightly higher than where the bullet had entered from the front of the body.

The medical doctor said that on examination of the body’s internal organs, an entry wound to the lower left part of the heart, lacerations to two ribs, and a fractured backbone were observed.

He also said that the chest cavity was filled with blood, later adding that it would have taken 10 to 25 minutes for the victim to succumb to his injuries.

Under cross-examination by attorney-at-law Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson, the doctor said that given the exit wounds, the person shooting at Trought could have been in a crouching and kneeling position.

Neita-Robertson is representing Adams.

The doctor also said no powder burns were found on the body.

Powder burns are usually found on the body of a person who has been shot at close range.

When asked under re-examination if he could provide another explanation for the upward and backward trajectory of the bullet, the doctor said, “Not that I can think of at the moment.”

The trial has been adjourned until Monday.

nickoy.wilson@gleanerjm.com