‘I Saw Pair Of Accused Men With Brother At Time Of Shooting’


Tribune Freeport Reporter


THE brother of a man killed in Abaco in 2016 testified that he saw two men accused of the crime with his brother at the time of the shooting.

Lorenzo Pritchard and Renaldo Williams, both of Abaco, are on trial in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama accused of shooting dead 25-year-old Thomas Christopher Hield who died on October, 23, 2016.

According to initial police reports, Hield was involved in an argument with a man near a nightclub off SC Bootle Highway when he was shot in his vehicle after which the suspects fled. Hield was taken to the local clinic, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Leron Hield, the deceased’s brother, testified this week, telling the court he saw the two accused men with his brother the time of the shooting.

According to the witness, at about 2am on the date in question, while in the area near a nightclub he saw Williams talking to his brother, who was sitting in his silver Honda. Then, he said, Pritchard rushed over to the vehicle and got inside on the passenger side.

Mr Hield said Williams also got inside the car and that’s when he saw Pritchard point a gun toward the car window. The window was rolled down and he heard a gunshot, and saw his brother fall to the ground.

After telling people to call the police, Mr Hield observed his older brother was bleeding from his head.

The deceased’s mother, Francina Hield, also testified at the trial. She said her deceased son would have celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday February 24 if he was still alive.

Ms Hield said that she identified her son’s body at the morgue at the Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence.

In his testimony, Inspector Remy Minnis told the court that on October 23, 2016, while on duty at the Central Detective Unit at Marsh Harbour sometime around 9.15am, he received certain information regarding a wanted suspect.

He said Williams came to the police station, accompanied with his lawyer Terrel Butler and identified himself.

Williams, Inspector Minnis said, was cautioned, arrested and transferred to the Abaco Police Station.

Ian Cargill is representing Pritchard. Erica Kemp, assisted by Trevor Kemp, of the Attorney General’s Office, is appearing for the Crown.

Justice Estelle Gray Evans presides over the case. The trial continues on Friday.

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