Shooter gets time served after a guilty plea

The four years and seven months that Kuanda George spent on remand awaiting his trial, will be counted as the sentence for his recent conviction for wounding.

The Green Bay resident was sentenced to time served several days after he pleaded guilty to wounding on October 29 before Justice Keith Thom.

The facts of the case were first made known to the High Court in April this year because a trial had commenced but was aborted after the judge fell ill; and when the trial resumed several jurors had to be excused. This resulted in the panel falling below the required number to continue. 

A new trial was, however, not needed because George admitted that on March 17, 2014, he shot 21-year-old Addison Henry and wounded him.

Henry, who was making his way home from a party in Green Bay had been attacked some time after 10 p.m. and the injury resulted in his lower right leg being amputated. 

Shortly before the shooting, his brother had seen George in the area where Henry was shot and due to the fact that he had had a confrontation with him earlier he went to the police station to make a report. 

It was while he was at the station that someone called to report the shooting. This was about 10:40 p.m. The police commenced investigations and that night they went to the home of the defendant but he could not be found. 

When the police spoke with him on March 25, 2014, he put forward an alibi that he was at home, not knowing that the police had already gone there on the night of the incident and knew his alibi was a lie.

He was arrested and charged. 

Earlier this year during the trial, the investigator, who was at the time on suspension and remand for an offence, made efforts to cast doubt on the case by introducing details that appeared nowhere in the evidence file. 

Crown Counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens was forced to treat the investigator as a hostile witness and he was cross examined before the trial eventually had to be adjourned and then aborted.

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