Witnesses recount events leading to the shooting of gas station attendant

File photos of Omari Phillip and Timorie Elliot

A service station attendant who witnessed the shooting of her co-worker said she was fearful for her life when the robbers drove into the service station in a tinted car, robbed them, and shot Dorothy Prince.

Teress King made the statement, yesterday, while she was testifying at the trial of Omari Phillip and Timorie Elliot who are jointly accused of killing her friend during a robbery at Dees Service Station more than four years ago.

The witness recalled that some time after 9 pm on February 17, 2012, she deposited some monies from sales and was returning to her station when Prince shouted something to her.

Moments later, a man dressed in a long-sleeved white shirt, blue jeans and a red hat with a tie covering his head, came up behind her.

She said the man carried a gun which was “long and grey”.

King said the man pointed the gun at her and Prince and he “pulled away my money bag which I was holding over my right shoulder”.

The pump attendant said she let go of the bag and saw the robber along with two other men, enter the heavily tinted green Nissan Almera and drive off in an easterly direction, turning south on Sir George Walter Highway, through the traffic light, then a left into Pigotts.

After the robbers left, she said she walked back into the mart at the gas station and then realised she was covered in blood, but upon checking her body, she had no injuries.

When Prince entered the mart, King said she saw an injury to her hand. She said the skin was torn away and the wound was bleeding profusely. A doctor who was on the scene attended to Prince’s hand.

It was only later that she, King, observed that Prince also had an injury to her left side which was bleeding, though not as much as the injury to her hand.

A customer who saw what transpired, recounted a similar series of events, and said he heard “a loud explosion” when the robber pointed the gun towards King and Prince who were standing closely together near the gas pumps.

The man, Garfield Browne, said he frequents the service station and knew the workers. He said he observed the robber pointing the gun downwards towards the women and he appeared to be “over six feet tall”.

He said the weapon was of a chrome colour, with a “spin barrel” and after the explosion, the man said he “saw fire” coming from the mouth of the gun.

He said he ran from the scene and was not aware at that time that someone had been shot.

Browne said he left the scene minutes after the robbers fled, but returned having discovered he had forgotten to collect the gas he had bought. It was upon his return, he said, that he found out that Prince had been injured.

Justice Keith Thom is presiding over the trial, which resumes today in the High Court. Leading the case for the prosecution are the Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Armstrong and Crown Counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens.

On Tuesday, when the trial was about to commence, Police Constable Gideon Jackson who was jointly accused of murder along with Elliot and Phillip, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was remanded for sentencing on June 10.

A fourth man, Deon “Ticks” Thomas, was also accused of the crime but he died in prison while awaiting trial.