Detective Certain she Saw Muhammad in Cricket Club CCTV Footage

Continuing on from yesterday, jurors for Taaj Muhammad’s trial heard testimony from Woman Detective-Constable. She believed that through her previous interactions with the defendant, she was able to identify him with absolute certainty on CCTV footage from the St. David’s Cricket Club on December 28 and 29, 2018, hours before 30-year-old Ronniko Burchall was shot dead.

The female detective identified who she believed to be Mr. Muhammad, Mr. Burchall and a few other individuals based on footage from both inside and on the front balcony of the cricket club. She identified them multiple times over a timeframe of a few hours. She was examined about footage in the video all the way up to when Mr. Burchall was killed, at around 1:30 a.m.

With that in mind, however, she admitted to Mr. Muhammad’s lawyer Charles Richardson that, despite being personally involved in this investigation since practically the day that it commenced, she did not and could not identify the defendant in any of the footage until last week, when she was asked to revisit it.

The Detective also said that she had to rely solely on her memory for what Mr. Muhammad looked like, as she had no photo or anything to compare with who she believed she saw in the video.

She also told the Court that, despite knowing his mother very well and attending the same primary school as her, her knowledge of Mr. Muhammad himself is limited to this case. She admitted to Mr. Richardson that, despite not seeing Mr. Muhammad’s eyes very well in some of the footage, she was certain that it was him in the video based on the shape of his “nose and cheekbones.”
Mr. Muhammad’s trial will continue Friday at 9:30.

Story by TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda

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