Assault case against football execs dismissed

COURT TODAY BLOCKA Bridgetown court today dismissed an assault case against three local football executives, including Barbados Football Association (BFA) president Randy Harris.

Harris, along with Al Walcott and Ashton Chapman, were accused of assaulting former BFA General Secretary, Chris Graham on September 10, 2013.

Graham filed a complaint with police against the trio after an alleged incident which took place at a BFA meeting at its Fontabelle, St Michael headquarters.   

Harris resides at Silver Hill Village and Walcott at Maxwell Development, both in Christ Church, while Chapman is from Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael.

Today, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant dismissed the matter when it came before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2.

The last time when the case came up on March 3, the complainant was present. He was informed that the case would commence on today’s date. However, he was not present at court today.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Irvin Kellman submitted that because Graham was absent, it did not mean that he no longer had an interest in the case.

He therefore requested another adjournment so that an effort could be made to contact the complainant to determine what his intentions were.

However, attorney-at-law Ralph Thorne, QC, felt that Graham’s intentions were clear, based on a copy of an email sent from Graham to Harris.

Thorne said the email stated that he was “going to drop the matter against all three [accused],” and asked that Harris’ attorney make contact with him [Graham].

“This man plays games with this court,” Thorne stressed. “These accused have come here 13 times over the past three years. . .We have an email from this mischief-maker.”

Thorne pointed out that the complainant had been present only two of the 13 times. “This is now a game, Mam,” he said.

The magistrate expressed her own concern over the fact that Graham had been given today’s date when he attended court earlier this month and yet was a no-show today and had not contacted the court in any way.

She therefore threw out the case on that main ground, as well as on the grounds that there was failure to commence the trial and that all three accused have been at court on every occasion.

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