Guilty: Dwayne Signor, 29, pictured smiling yesterday as he was being escorted from court, was found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon and wounding Shawn Williams, 18, but was cleared of attempted murder and firing a loaded weapon. *Photo by Simon Jones

Guilty: Dwayne Signor, 29, pictured smiling yesterday as he was being escorted from court, was found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon and wounding Shawn Williams, 18, but was cleared of attempted murder and firing a loaded weapon. *Photo by Simon Jones

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A man has been convicted of shooting a teenager in the back during a bar brawl.

Dwayne Signor, 29, fired the gun at Shawn Williams, 18, after a drunken fight broke out between a group of men at the Royal Artillery Association Club in St. George’s.

Signor said he grabbed the gun because it was pointed at him but pulled the trigger by accident.

Yesterday, a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon and wounding Mr. Williams. But he was cleared of the more serious charges of attempted murder and firing a loaded weapon at Mr. Williams with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

His co-defendant, Khyri Smith-Williams, 19, was cleared of bringing the gun to the RAA Club and walked free from court.

Prosecutors had alleged the fight at the RAA Club was sparked when Mr. Smith-Williams lifted up his shirt to show he had a gun in his waistband.

But the jury found him not guilty of carrying a prohibited weapon. During the 10-day trial, the court heard how a reggae party in the RAA Club descended into bloodshed and chaos in the early hours of April 4.

A group of men from St. George’s clashed with Mr. Smith-Williams and his friend, Mr. Williams, near the bar.

During the fight, Mr. Smith-Williams was stabbed and beaten unconscious, while Mr. Williams was shot in the back by Signor.

The bullet passed through the left side of his kidney and perforated his colon. He spent eight days in hospital but made a full recovery.

Mr. Williams told the court he remembered little about the evening because he was drunk.

A string of witnesses came to court to give evidence of what had occurred on the night of the shooting.

Ronnie Furbert, 20, who left Bermuda for his own safety after deciding to help police, told the jury that Mr. Smith-Williams had signalled to him that he was carrying a gun.

He also said he saw Signor with what looked like the barrel of a gun in his hands just moments before the shooting.

The four men and eight women who made up the jury visited the club where the shooting took place before both defendants took the stand.

Mr. Smith-Williams, of Sandys, told the court he did not take the gun to the RAA Club and had never been in possession of it.

He maintained throughout he did not flash it at others in the bar to show he was a “big man”.

Signor claimed he had snatched the gun from a group of men who were fighting over it because it was aimed at his knees.

He told the jury he ran off with the gun in a panic into the billiard room and pulled the trigger by accident.

Yesterday afternoon, after four-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the jury found Signor guilty of possessing the gun and unlawful wounding.

Mr. Smith-Williams was found not guilty of taking the gun to the RAA Club and going armed in public so as to cause terror.

Signor was remanded in custody while pre-sentence reports are prepared. A date for his sentencing will be set on October 1.

After the case, police praised witnesses who had given evidence in court.

Inspector Calvin Smith said: “The witnesses were very important in this case.

“I can not emphasize enough just how important the role of witnesses is in getting convictions.

“I would like to thank everyone who came forward and encourage others to do the same in the future.”