…older sibling claims victim verbally abused, attacked himThe High Court trial of Brian Joseph and his younger brother, Dequan Small is expected to conclude today – days after the duo denied allegations that their actions almost 11 years ago – nearly caused the death of the Virtual Complainant, Shawn Hussain at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.The State’s case stated that following a confrontation, the then 17-year-old Joseph beat Hussain about the body with a wood on June 24, 2007 with intent to murder him or alternatively, tried to maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.His younger sibling, who was 13 at the time, is accused of abetting and procuring his older sibling to commit the offence. The Prosecution on Tuesday stressed that in the presence of other persons, it was Small, who handed a piece of wood to Joseph, to commit the act. However, two men, now in their twenties disputed the case, painting a different picture as to what transpired.Both gave unsworn statements to the 12-member jury, which meant that they could not be cross-examined by prosecutors or be questioned by the Judge or jury. Small, who stood for just a few minutes, told the court he was nowhere around when the beating took place. He said all he could remember was being home on the day in question when Police arrived in the evening and were looking for his older brother, Brian Joseph.Meanwhile, Joseph addressed the jury for over 20 minutes, telling members that he was now a father of four children. His account was that as he was passing Hussain, he verbally abused him. He indicated that the victim identified him by race and made certain derogatory remarks, which he expressed in open court.Joseph earlier explained that the road in the area was under construction and he took a back route where he encountered Hussain. He claimed that after the first confrontation, he was passing again and was holding on to his bicycle when he was attacked. Joseph noted that he was afraid for his life because “Shawn was a big man”.The accused claimed that Hussain “chucked” him and he fell before he retaliated by assaulted the victim. Joseph did not deny that he assaulted the victim but claimed that the man had a gun in his waist, which fell out after he pushed Hussain to the ground.“I notice some construction material on the ground and I pick up one and lash he on he hand…he try to pull the wood away from me and I lash he on he knee. He get two lash on he hand,” Joseph admitted.He added that he saw a light coming, assuming it was the Police and ran away. He was arrested later that night. He said a relative of Hussain claimed his brother gave him the piece of wood.Justice Sandhill Kissoon is expected to sum up the case before the matter is put to the jury for deliberation. The two men are represented by Michael Somersault while Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are presenting the State.
0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans along Moi Avenue.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.MACHAKOS, Kenya, Aug 5 – AFC Leopards climbed third on the Kenyan Premier League table following their 2-1 win over Mathare United on Sunday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.In other results, Sofapaka climbed up to second in the standing after downing Ulinzi Stars 1-0 thanks to a Umaru Kasumba’s goal in the stoppage time. Thika United’s poor form continued as the relegated bound side succumbed to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Sony Sugar, Nzoia Sugar was held to a goalless draw by Wazito FC while Kariobangi Sharks were stunned 2-1 by a 10-man visiting Zoo FC.Ten-man AFC Leopards found their goals from Wyvonne Isuza and Marvin Omondi while defender James Situma scored the consolation for Mathare United in a lively encounter that saw both sides create many chances.AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo ZapataAFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata heaped praise on his charges, revealing that they had to change their strategy after Isuza was sent off.“My coaching philosophy is attacking and my players just did that today, but I had to change tactics when my player received a red card and my players responded well. I am so proud of my team,” Zapata said after the match.AFC, who were the better side, dominating possession in the better part of the match, were reduced to one man down after Isuza picked a second yellow card on the 62nd minute for retaliation on Mathare’s Ahmad Ahmed.Mathare custodian David Okello was the busiest having to come off his live severally to keep his team on the game.Tusker FC comes off his line to clear danger. Photo/Mathare United FacebookAs early as on the 4th minute, Okello put his body on the line, coming off his line to clear the effort before AFC’s speedy attacker Ezekiel Odera reached on the ball for a fruitless corner.Ingwe’s attacking and quick moves finally paid of on the half hour mark when Isuza stepped up to convert a controversial penalty that saw Okello dive on the right direction to have a touch on the ball but it was too powerful to stop it from entering in.The penalty was awarded after Situma tackled Jaffari Odenyi from behind in what looked from the live broadcast replay as a foul at the edge of the box, but the center referee Yassin Badr pointed at the spot that gifted Isuza his 11th goal of the season.Three minutes later, Mathare squandered a glorious opportunity that could have seen level the scores when Clifford Alwanga failed to get a touch on the ball from a defence splitting pass from Ahmed.Mathare United lost 2-1 to AFC Leopards. Photo/Mathare United FacebookHowever, lapse in concentration from the AFC back-lined cost the team, enabling Situma to make the amends by slamming the ball home on the stroke of half time and see both sides share spoils at the breather.The goals came after Isuza hacked down Alwanga to pick his first yellow card that proved costly to the team. Mathare United captain George ‘Wise’ Owino, coming from injury took the set-piece that found Situma on the right side.Just at they started in the first half, AFC drew the first blood in the last half, forcing Okello to come off his line to rescue Mathare after Isuza’s pass was miscued the Mathare United defence on the 56th minute.But that matted less after Marvin Omondi tapped in an empty net after a fine build up in the midfield where Odenyi exchanged a 1-2 pass with Edward Seda who in turn put Odenyi through, before seeing his effort punched away by Okello but lady luck falled on Omondi was in the perfect position to tap in the second goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)