Brothers sentenced to hang for shooting death in 2005
TWO out of three men charged with the shooting death of a man near a St Augustine nightclub in 2005 were yesterday sentenced to hang after being found guilty before a 12-member jury in the Port of Spain Assizes.
Three men, Elroy Campbell, his brother, Glenroy Campbell and Rodney Antoine were before Justice Devan Rampersad and a 12-member jury charged with the shooting death of Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) foreman, Nixon “Pudding” Smith on the night of October 3, 2005.
The Campbell brothers were found guilty and were sentenced to hang but the jury was unable to arrive at a clear verdict with regard to Antoine. Justice Rampersad ordered a re-trial in his case.
The State’s case however was according to the witness statement. Smith and a friend of his attended a Nyahbinghi party at Club Amazon located along the Eastern Main Road in St Augustine. As both men were walking towards their car they were ambushed and shot at by three men.
Smith’s friend who was with him at the time of the attack remains in protective custody.
Smith’s friend however testified that he heard gunshots, he jumped into a nearby drain and ran. He said that when he turned around he saw three men standing over a drain and he also heard more gunshots. He said that amid the confusion he returned to the nightclub to seek assistance but the doors of the club were locked. He said that he then saw a passing police car and sought their assistance.
Officers responded and Smith was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
During the investigation into this case by Homicide Bureau detectives said the witness had identified the three accused before the court. A fourth man had been initially detained for the murder. He was eventually discharged from the case during the preliminary enquiry by a Port of Spain Magistrate.
All three accused refused to testify in this trial but they maintain their innocence.