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#X6Trial: Prosecution gets early adjourment to ponder case as 'hostile witness stands' firm

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 4:22 PM

The prosecution in the high-profile X6 murder trial was today forced to call for an early adjournment to contemplate its next move after its main witness taxi operator Wayne Wright maintained that he did not tell investigators some of the things contained in his statement.

Businessman Patrick Power is on trial for the July 2011 murder of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais and shooting with intent in relation to the taxi driver.

However, as we hear in this report, Wright’s testimony on his second day on the stand results in the prosecution declaring him a hostile witness saying he was adverse and inconsistent.

Wayne Wright, the driver of the taxi in which Mais was shot, testified in the Home Circuit Court that a police Inspector tried to get him to implicate a man called Nigga in the shooting.

Wright, acknowledged that he signed two statements taken on separate days by police investigators, but repeatedly rejected excerpts of both statements when they were read to him by Taylor.

“Didn’t you tell Detective Inspector Vernal Thompson on the 8th of July 2011 that ‘Nigga’ was the man who came out of the BMW X6 on July 1, 2011?” Taylor asked the witness.

“No,” Wright replied.

“And didn’t you say he had a gun in his hand?” Taylor questioned.

“No,” the witness again replied.

“And didn’t you tell Mr Thompson that he [Nigga] ‘fired four shots into my car’?” the prosecutor pressed.

“Him show me a driver’s licence and seh this is the man, him name ‘Nigga’ [and] a long time me waa get him’,” the taxi driver testified.

He also told the court that while at the Constant Spring Police Station in St Andrew Thompson pointed him to a vehicle and told him “go over there and tell dem man deh say a dat u lick up inna.”

“And me say no me nah do dat,” he testified.

By 1 o’clock this afternoon, the prosecutor seemed to have had enough.

“My Lord we are requesting an adjournment until Monday while we do some consideration of the case,” he asked presiding judge Justice Lloyd Hibbert.

The request was granted.

Prosecutors believe businessman Patrick Powell fired into a taxi killing the schoolboy after the taxi collided with his BMW X6 luxury vehicle.