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Witness gives vivid description of suspect in Ambassador Peter King murder case

BARBARA GAYLE, Staff Reporter

A prosecution witness who admitted that he was a homosexual gave a vivid description yesterday of the hairstyle 26-year-old Sheldon Pusey was wearing when he saw him at the home of 64-year-old Ambassador Peter King on March 19, 2007.

There was much laughter in court when the witness said the hairstyle was healthy-looking and it was one he would have wanted for himself.

King was fatally stabbed four times in the chest and chopped four times in the neck at his home at 11A Waterloo Road, St Andrew. Forensic consultant pathologist Dr Ere Seshaiah testified last week that each of the wounds could have been fatal. He said he also saw 22 other wounds on the body.

Pusey has been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since January 19 for King's murder. The Crown is alleging that the murder took place between March 19 and 20, 2006.

Yesterday the homosexual witness said he first saw Pusey at King's house in 2005. The witness who appeared to be in his late 20s, said he was a businessman and he imported household items. He said King was his friend and in 2006 he lived both at King's house and King's premises at 35A Waterloo Avenue, St Andrew.

He said on the afternoon of March 19, 2006 he went to King's house and saw a medical doctor and the doctor's friend. King was working at his computer in his office and the witness said he went into King's bedroom and began to watch television.

He said while he was watching television King came into the bedroom and told him that he wanted him to proof-read something for him. He said when he went into the office he saw Pusey sitting at one of the computers.

"He was wearing a healthy-looking rope twist ," the witness said when he described Pusey's hairstyle. "You know when you want something for yourself. The ends were bleached and bronze and it was healthy-looking."

The witness said later in the afternoon he saw King and Pusey in the kitchen downstairs. He said he could not remember if King was naked or if he had on underpants but Pusey was in underpants.

Cross-examined by defence lawyer Berry Bryan, the witness admitted he was a homosexual. He said he had never had a sexual relationship with King.


February 3, 2009

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