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Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Man freed after 14 years in custody

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Kevin Phillip, a man who has spent over 14 years in custody charged with the 2006 murder of Antonio Bynoe, was freed yesterday. 

Justice Kathy-Ann Waterman-Latchoo, who heard the matter, freed the 32-year-old after ruling that there was insufficient evidence against him. 

This was because the State’s main witness told the court during the trial that he had not witnessed the killing, but had related information from within the Beetham community. 

Phillip was represented by attorney Selwyn Mohammed. The State was represented by attorney Hema Sundarsingh. 

After the witness changed his testimony, including presenting the court with a statutory declaration indicating that he had visited Phillip in prison to apologize for implicating him and admitted that he fabricated the statement which he gave to police, an application was made to treat the witness as hostile, and the matter proceeded. 

Mohammed also made a no case submission on behalf of his client. 

When the proceedings were completed, Waterman-Latchoo acquitted Phillip. Bynoe, 30, was killed along Main Street, Beetham Gardens on March 14, 2006. 

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