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15 cases withdrawn due to insufficient evidence and police brutality

June 7, 2019 4:35 pm

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution had withdrawn 15 cases from the High Court.

The cases were withdrawn last month.

The DPP’s office reveals these cases were withdrawn after discontinuances were filed due to insufficient evidence, police brutality and complainants leaving the country and could not be contacted.

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In the statistics by the DPP’s office on the number of formal indictments filed in the High Court last month, there were 89 people charged with a total of 86 counts of separate incidents.

The offences ranged from murder, manslaughter, aggravated robbery and burglary, assault causing actual bodily harm, arson, unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The report says of the 89 accused persons, 6 were juveniles and 2 were police officers.

Five juveniles were charged with aggravated burglary and theft while one was charged with unlawful cultivation of 17.5 kilograms of cannabis sativa.

A 44-year-old man was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to a 13-year-old girl, however, the matter was withdrawn after the unrelated death of the victim.

A 50-year-old police officer was charged with dangerous driving while a 28-year-old police officer was charged with careless driving.

There were two separate incidents of arson.

In one incident, a 46-year-old man was charged for allegedly setting fire to his neighbour’s house while in another incident, a 23-year-old man was charged for allegedly setting fire to a room at the Saint Giles Hospital.

The accused was a patient at the Saint Giles Hospital, however, the matter was withdrawn due to the accused’s mental state at the time of the incident.

There was an incident where two men were charged with unlawful cultivation of 13 kilograms of cannabis sativa, however, the matter was withdrawn after credible allegations of police brutality surfaced.

Two men were charged with unlawful possession of illicit drugs, however, the matter was discontinued due to insufficient evidence.

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