Firearms expert says fatal bullet matched combat gun

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Forensic firearms expert Graham Husband testified yesterday that the bullet recovered from murder victim Coldrick Lewis matched a round that was test-fired from the weapon police found in a bushy area, not far from the crime scene.
Husband, an assistant superintendent of Police in the Royal Barbados Police Force, and a forensic firearms examiner for 20 years, said he received over two dozen rounds of live and spent rounds which local police collected during their investigations, and a test-fire he conducted matched the Uzi mini semi-automatic handgun police linked to the accused, Cordayro Joseph.
Husband said that the gun was first built by the Israeli Military Industry for combat purposes.
When asked by the jury if the test-fire matched that of the mangled metal or bullet recovered from Lewis’ cranium, the forensic firearms examiner reiterated, “Yes. Despite the deformity there was enough on the surface to match the round recovered from the deceased’s head.”
The expert witness said however he did not have the facilities, at the time, to take photographs of the microscopic match so that there could be visual confirmation of his conclusion.
Meanwhile, Corporal Kerry Zachariah said the deceased was “grasping” a “#1 One Dad” medallion when he saw him in the Emergency Room at Mount St John’s Medical Centre on Father’s Day, 2011.
Under oath, the detective said that when he first encountered Joseph who was 20 years old at the time of the shooting, the youngster had what he described as “multiple scratches on his upper body, arms and shoulders, and he also had small leaves in his hair”.
With the aid of a photograph, Zachariah pointed out to the jury what he noticed in the accused man’s braided hair and the scratches.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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