Prosecution delays lead to dismissals
Almost four years after being accused of assaulting a man, Dacian Kirt Omar Griffith walked out of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court without that charge over his head, after he successfully applied for his case to be dismissed.
The 29-year-old conductor from Church Gap, Hillaby, St Andrew had been accused of unlawfully assaulting Romel Waithe on July 21, 2011.
When the case came up again before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale, the prosecution did not provide the disclosures it had assured would be available to the accused today.
Griffith then reminded the magistrate of the promise he made on the last occasion – that if the prosecution was not ready the case would be dismissed.
“So what would you like me to do?” Seale asked Griffith.
“To dismiss the case Sir.”
The magistrate responded: “It is so dismissed for want of prosecution. You can go.”
A smiling Griffith hurriedly exited the courtroom.
In the same court, another St Andrew resident Irwin Jefferson Campbell, faced a similar outcome.
The 53-year-old resident of Boys School Road, Belleplaine had been charged along with Patrick Randolph Bailey, 45, of Roxy Gap, Eagle Hall, St Michael, with stealing a car valued $6,000 belonging to Sherry Hall.