Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Morvant man cleared of murder charges

A 39-year-old Morvant man has been cleared of charges of murder.

Frankie Bartholomew, of Second Caledonia, Morvant, was cleared on Wednesday by Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds in the Port of Spain Assizes.

Bartholomew was charged with the murder of Marcus Mark which took place on February 1, 2009.

Mark was shot dead at the corner of the Eastern Main Road and Railway Road, St Joseph.

Yesterday, Justice Ramsumair-Hinds upheld a submission by Bartholomew’s lawyers Wayne Sturge and Danielle Rampersad, which challenged the reliability of the evidence in the State’s case – namely that of Mark’s then-girlfriend Ornella Nanton.

Nanton was killed before she could give evidence during the preliminary inquiry into Mark’ death, and as a result, the only evidence available was the police statement which was taken from the woman, which had not been adequately challenged.

After deliberating on this submission, and several others, the High Court upheld the application by the defence and dismissed the murder allegations against Bartholomew.

However, he has another matter pending before the courts and as a result, he was not immediately released.

More on this as it becomes available.

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