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Paul Prentice murder trial continues in High Court

- Kenyatta Boynes of Lower Estate, Tortola accused of the murder
Paul Prentice (left) was gunned down in the streets of Road Town on December 14, 2014. Kenyatta Boynes (right) is on trial for the murder. Photo: VINO/File
The Paul Prentice murder trial is being heard in the High Court before Justice Nicola P. Byer. Photo: VINO/File
The Paul Prentice murder trial is being heard in the High Court before Justice Nicola P. Byer. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Paul Prentice, 21, of Duffs Bottom on the main island of Tortola, was sadly gunned down in the streets of Road Town on December 14, 2014, nearly two years ago.

The state has accused Kenyatta Boynes of his murder and the trial began this week before Justice Nicola P. Byer in a Road Town Court Room.

Mr Boynes is represented by Attorney Patrick Thompson and in court on October 13, 2016 reminded the prosecution’s star witness that he had an altercation with members of a gang.

That altercation with the gang, the defense attorney said, took place around the same time that a gunman shot at the star witness as well as Paul Prentice who lost his life in the attack.

In this line of questioning it was implied that there were other persons who may have wanted to harm the witness and Prentice.

Who killed Prentice?

The Crown’s star witness had previously informed the court that he identified the shooter to be Boynes by his eyes, facial structure and dread locks. When asked to describe the eyes of the defendant, he refused to respond.

The Crown witness disclosed that he knew Mr Boynes for about 3 months prior to the incident and was introduced through family.

New Director of Public Prosecutions Kim Hollis QC is leading the crown’s case and has started her career in the Virgin Islands by leading from the front.

In Ms Hollis’ opening address to the jury, and in a passionate tone, described the incident as a moment of terror that left a young man lying dead in the middle of the public road, when people were enjoying an ice-cream on a Sunday afternoon and a couple days before Christmas.

Mr Boynes was arrested during an investigation into the incident on December 18, 2014.  The murder trial continues next week in a Road Town High court under heavy security.

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