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.