Thursday 28 May, 2020

Charges dropped against 6 in 2010 murder

Charges against six men linked to a murder which occurred in 2010 have been dropped, at the close of a preliminary inquiry on Tuesday.

The inquiry was held at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Eighth Court before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle.

The six men: Akili Charles, Chicki Portello, Anton Cambridge, Kareem Gomez, Levi Joseph and Israel Lara, were subjects of the inquiry into the death of 27-year-old Russel Antoine who was shot and killed on May 13, 2010, along Upper Cemetery Street, Diego Martin.

The six accused were represented by attorneys Wayne Sturge, Criston J Williams and Danielle Rampersad.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the court upheld the “no-case” submissions raised by the attorneys on behalf of their clients, indicating that a prima facie case had not been established by the State and as a result, the charges against the six men were being discontinued.

However, while all six men were discharged, one of the accused, An­ton Cam­bridge, was not allowed to leave the precincts of the courtroom along with his co-accused, as he has another matter. Cambridge faces a separate murder charge.

This was one of the 53 cases left behind by former Chief Magistrate Marcia Ay­ers-Cae­sar who opted to take up a position as a High Court Judge in April 2017.

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