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#X6Trial: Court gives prosecution go ahead to treat taxi-driver as hostile witness‎

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 11:52 AM

Livern Barrrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Prosecutors in the so-called X6 murder trial have requested and received permission to treat their main witness, taxi operator Wayne Wright, as hostile.

In making the application, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor said Wright has shown himself to be adverse and inconsistent.

The application came after Wright, in his second day on the witness stand, acknowledged giving a statement to police investigators on July 5, 2011, but said aspects of it read back to him by Taylor were not true.

As an example, the taxi driver denied telling a police investigator that he saw someone on the night 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais was killed or that he provided the police with a name.

Businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for the murder of the schoolboy and shooting with intent in relation to Wright on July 1, 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Wright testified that the statement he gave the police four days later was never read over to him.

Instead, he said he was asked to sign it.

Mais, who was a passenger in Wright's taxi was shot dead after the driver of a BMW X6 opened fire on the vehicle.

It happened after the taxi collided into the SUV.