(CMR) A man who was the main witness in two high-profile trials was shot and killed execution-style early Thursday morning after going to meet two persons known to him.
Police said 21-year-old Caine Dimitri Thomas was shot twice in the head in an isolated area on the beach along Old West Bay Road after going to the prearranged meeting.
CMR sources revealed that Thomas, a crown witness, was set free in a home invasion case last year after giving evidence against his co-conspirators Elmer Wright and Shane Connor in two separate trials.
Caine, who was a part of a 2017 home invasion, had testified against the men, which resulted in their conviction.
Thomas is the second person to be murdered this week after retired prison officer Harry Elliot was killed Monday night.
Police were alerted to the shooting after 1:30 am near the White Sand Condos. On arrival at the scene, Thomas was found with at least two shots to the head. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said multiple castings were found at the scene, which indicated multiple shots were fired.
Thomas reportedly left a relative's home at 11:30 pm Wednesday for a prearranged meeting with two persons he knew. Police theorized the meeting was at the beach and that as soon as Thomas arrived at the location, he was shot.
A dark-colored Honda CRV associated with Thomas was found about a mile away from the shooting along Cemetery Beach near the old fire station. Police believed he traveled to the scene in the vehicle and that another person drove there with him.
Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne has appealed to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious from around 11:30 Wednesday night up to the time of the shooting or after to share this information with the police.
“These people are from the community, live in the community, and are traveling through the community. This is why we seek assistance from the community to stop them from committing other crimes,” he said.
“We need the assistance of the community to find out where these people are and where these guns are before more murders are committed, and more innocent people are put in danger,” he added.
One person associated with the gang, which the police believe is carrying out the series of armed robberies, was arrested Wednesday night. The commissioner revealed that a female was also arrested and could face charges for aiding and abetting.