Yan Edwards [left] and Allen Baptiste, February 25, 2013
Photo Credit: Melissa Edwards/BVI Platinum News
"Keri was sitting with his back turned from the gunman. I began to walk, step back and mumbling, trying to tell them to run. Then I ran back down the road. After I ran, I heard gunshots went off," Keithroy Joseph of Long Look testified today, February 25 in the murder trial of Keri 'Hank' Harrigan.
Yan Edwards and Allen Baptiste are charged with Harrigan's murder. He was shot and killed in the area of the Long Look clinic on the night of March 16, 2011.
Joseph, who recounted March 16, 2011, said at that time he was living in Nottingham Estate. He said Harrigan was his friend as they all grew up in the same neighbourhood.
He said on the morning of March 16, he was cooling out on the block in Long Look. He said he caught a ride to town and went into the 'ghetto'.
According to Joseph, Harrigan was with him. He said they spent about three to four hours in the 'ghetto' and then Harrigan left to visit a cousin.
Joseph said he returned to East End. He said he saw Harrigan later in the afternoon in Long Look helping a friend move sand from in front of a gate. He said Harrigan was engaged in that for an hour.
The young man told the court that Harrigan then went home, but he [Joseph] stayed on the block. He said three hours later Harrigan returned. He said this was about minutes to 7:00 pm.
At this time, Joseph said there were two other young men with him on the block.
Joseph related that Harrigan went and bought a bag of 'weed' [marijuana] and then he sat on the corner by the clinic. He said he [Joseph] then got up and joined Harrigan on the corner. He related that he sat between Harrigan and another young man.
"We were cooling, smoking joint and listening to music."
Joseph said there were a couple of lamp poles with lights in the area, "but not too many enough to see."
He said Harrigan was wearing a black shirt, black hat and blue jeans.
The witness told the court that he was facing the roadside towards the traffic. He said after he finished smoking the 'joint', he stood up in preparation to leave, but then bent down to play with Harrigan's dog.
He said Harrigan was still sitting and he was some two feet away from Harrigan.
"When I raised up my head I saw a gunman; had on a full figured mask and a gun in his hand...He was four feet away from me. He was wearing all black suit with white lining down the middle...It was a Halloween mask."
Joseph, who demonstrated how the person was holding the gun, said he stepped backwards and ran.
"Keri was sitting with his back turned from the gunman. I began to walk, step back and mumbling, trying to tell them to run. Then I ran back down the road. After I ran I heard gunshots went off. I heard three. After the shots stop fire, I ran back up the road and I saw Keri on the road with his face full of blood," he said.
He told the court that the gunman was about 5'5 in height; medium built and a little bigger than him. He said it was a black gun and it looked like a 9mm.
When court resumes this afternoon, defence lawyers Stephen Daniels and Patrick Thompson will cross examination the witness.
Prosecutors Valston Graham and Christlyn Benjamin appear for the crown.