During Taaj Muhammad’s trial continuation today, jurors heard testimony from a young lady who cannot be named for legal reasons.
She told jurors that she knew Mr. Muhammad since they both attended Clearwater Middle School in St. David’s, even though he was a couple of grades ahead of her.
The witness also told jurors that they started off as friends but got closer and closer as the years progressed and eventually became a couple in early 2019, a few weeks after Ronniko Burchall was shot dead at the St. David’s Cricket Club. However, they have since broken up.
According to her, she and Mr. Muhammad argued often throughout their relationship and one day, he had flat-out told her that he had shot Mr. Burchall. According to her, Mr. Muhammad elaborated on it more and more as the relationship progressed and even told her that he swam from Cashew City in St. David’s to St. George’s harbor on December 29, 2018, the night that Mr. Burchall was killed.
The witness told prosecutors that she did not come forward soon after Mr. Muhammad confessed because she was too terrified to do so. It was not until July 2020 that she spoke to police about the matter at Hamilton Police Station.
Similar to female Detective-Constable testimony yesterday, the witness was able to identify Mr. Muhammad from CCTV footage at St. David’s cricket club before the murder. She also identified Mr. Muhammad as the shooter on the footage, based, according to her, on the suspect’s slim build and slight skip in their step.
Her testimony will continue on Monday at 9:30.
Story by TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda
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