A man from Tobago, on trial for allegedly assisting his cousin in kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, has claimed that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Jason Duncan made the claim yesterday as he testified in his defence in his virtual judge-alone trial before Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas.
Duncan claimed that he had no idea that his cousin Loney was planning on kidnapping his (Loney) ex-girlfriend Shirl Douglas, when he hired him for a private transport job on December 27, 2008.
Loney pleaded guilty to the offence and has already been sentenced, leaving Duncan to prove his innocence at the trial.
Testifying yesterday, Duncan admitted that he picked up Loney, who he had not seen in over a year, and drove to Roxborough, Tobago, on his instructions.
He claimed that he parked outside a bar, went inside to purchase a drink, and told Loney to call him when he was ready to leave.
He said when he returned to the vehicle, Loney was in the front seat, while Douglas and her niece Tatianna Morgan were in the back.
Duncan claimed that he could not tell that they were being held against their will by Loney at the time, but overheard him (Loney) accusing Douglas of infidelity.
Duncan claimed that while driving towards Scarborough, Loney took Douglas’ cellphone. He allegedly gave it back when her mother was calling and she told her (the mother) that they had been kidnapped.
He said that he became suspicious when Loney struck her on her head with a beer bottle and he stopped the vehicle to give the women an opportunity to escape.
Duncan claimed that he decided to intervene further after his cousin got out of the vehicle and attacked Douglas once again.
He claimed that he held back Loney to give the women time to stop a vehicle that was driving in the opposite direction.
Duncan’s claim that he assisted the women was corroborated by Douglas, when she testified last week.
St Clair-Douglas is expected to deliver the verdict in Duncan’s case on November 18.
Duncan is being represented by Amerelle Francis, while Giselle Heller-Ferguson is prosecuting.