Accused: Kamel Trott, left, and Kenneth Burgess are on trial for attacking Dennis Robinson, seen being escorted out of court by police. *File photos
Accused: Kamel Trott, left, and Kenneth Burgess are on trial for attacking Dennis Robinson, seen being escorted out of court by police. *File photos
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Two Westgate inmates continually battered a third in his prison cell last year, leaving the man with severe injuries and spattering them with what may have been blood, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Dennis Alma Robinson, 37, of Palm Valley, Southampton has been recounting for the eight-woman, four-man panel the ferocious attack on June 6 that damaged his face.

"There was a cut to my left eye," he recounted to DPP Rory Field, "my jaw was swollen, there was a deep impression in my left eye. The bone structure was obliterated. I could press the structure in."

Mr. Robinson also described numerous lumps and bumps on his head, constant ringing in his right ear, bruising to his left eye and bumps to his temple areas.

The injuries put him in hospital for three weeks and left him with continued headaches and a numbness on the left side of his face that is still there.

Kenneth Jermaine Burgess, 36, of Cottage Hill Lane, Hamilton Parish and Kamel Jamal Wendell Trott, 31, of Kitty's Lane, Hamilton Parish both deny unlawfully wounding Mr. Robinson with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

The Crown's case is that Mr. Burgess blames the complainant for his imprisonment after a separate trial in which they were both convicted.

So far details of that trial have not been revealed in court but there have been references to Jahmal and Jahmil Cooper, with Mr. Field telling the jury in his opening speech that the only relevance of the earlier trial is that it created a motive for the alleged attack on Mr. Robinson.

Mr. Robinson has testified that Mr. Burgess demanded that, in his appeal against conviction, he exonerate Mr. Burgess and threatened that Mr. Trott would harm Mr. Robinson's three-year-old daughter if he didn't comply.

"Both were attacking me at the same time," Mr. Robinson said. "[Trott] was coming from my right side and [Burgess] was coming from my left."

"Kamel was attacking me, hitting me with his fists on the side of my face, on my forehead and temple," the complainant said, adding that Mr. Burgess was also beating him in an attack that lasted up to an hour during a recreation period at the maximum security facility.

Finally, Mr. Robinson said, Mr. Burgess exclaimed, "F***, give me the knife! I'm going to shove it up his windpipe."

At that point, the complainant testified, Mr. Trott raised his shirt to briefly expose a homemade, dark coloured knife in his waistband. Mr. Robinson said he tried to escape the room because he didn't want to be stabbed.

"Burgess, I guess, sensed I was trying to get out of the room and that's when he continued attacking me more with his fists," he said.

When the two suddenly stepped out of the room, Mr. Robinson said, he closed the door and jammed it shut with a handmade wedge. He refused to open up when Mr. Burgess demanded. "I knew he would come back in and there was a good chance I would have died."

Mr. Robinson reported the attack to prison officers after the recreation period ended but didn't identify his attackers, he told the prosecutor, until the next day at the hospital because "at that point in time I did not trust anybody."

His evidence will continue.

In the meantime, a government analyst told the court of searching the defendants' cells for blood, DNA and other material that may have been transferred there after the attack.

Nadine Kirkos said that she found a shirt in Mr. Burgess's cell and a tricolour cloth in Mr. Trott's that she took because of small spots on them that gave positive preliminary results for blood.

She also swabbed areas of the rooms that are commonly touched, looking for genetic material.

The trial continues in front of Puisne Judge Charles-etta Simmons.