'Beast' Egged On By Brother To Shoot Men - Court Hears

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Published: December 29, 2016 9:05 am AST
From left, brothers- Seantroy Hanley and Selroy Hanley, December 28, 2016
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Selroy Hanley, known as Beast, shot and injured two other young men in February over a chair, after being egged on by his brother to shoot, according to prosecution.

Yesterday afternoon, December 28, Selroy and his brother, Seantroy Hanley, both of Purcell Estate, appeared in court on two indictable charges. Selroy is charged with being in possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and Seantroy is charged with incitement.

The charges stem from an incident near the Purcell Estate basketball court in February of this year, where two other brothers were injured in relation to a stolen chair.

The Hanley brothers, who are represented by Attorney-at-Law David Penn, were granted $70,000 bail signed surety each, and must report to police station three days per week, surrender travel documents and have no contact with the complainants.

Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe in laying out the allegations, said that the Barker brothers, who are the complainants, know the Hanley brothers as they all reside in Purcell Estate.

She told the court that on February 10, 2016, sometime after 4:00 pm, the Barker brothers, along with others, were in the area of the basketball ball court. During this time, one of the Barker brothers went in search of his garden chair in the area of his mother's residence, which is a stone's throw away.

When he got there, he saw Seantroy in the area sitting on the chair and asked him to hand it over, but Seantroy declined and asked that he wait because the movie he was watching was coming to an end shortly.

An argument and then a scuffle ensued between the two. Seconds later, a bottle was hurled and a second altercation commenced in the area of the basketball court. During this time, Selroy appeared in the area, armed with what appeared to be a firearm.

"Seantroy then yelled to Selroy, 'Shoot, shoot'," Scatliffe said.

Shots were then fired and the Barker brother took cover behind a truck, while the other Barker brother shouted, "What's going on?" Selroy then fired another shot.

Persons in the area came and broke up the fight. The Barker brothers went home and their mother noticed that one of the brothers had red liquid dripping down his back. It was then discovered that one was shot in the back and the other one in the area of the elbow.

A report was made to the police and the young men were treated at the hospital for their injuries.

Seantroy surrendered himself to the police on February 23 and admitted to the altercation with the chair, but said he only heard loud explosions and did not see who fired shots. He also denied ever inciting his brother to shoot.

Selroy was arrested on December 24 and told officers that days after the incident he went to Antigua for seven months. However, he denied firing any shots and maintained that he was not involved in the incident.

They will return to court on February 24, 2017.
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