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Drug and assault charges dropped

courtMichael Anthony James today walked out of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court without three 2013 drug charges hanging over his head.

James, of Derriston, Grazettes, St Michael, had been charged with the November 5, 2013 offences of possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of cannabis.

He had pleaded not guilty when he made his first appearance in court and placed on $3 000 bail with one surety.

However, when the matter came up for hearing in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today, the prosecution was still not in possession of a file to start the trial.

The magistrate therefore dismissed the matter for want of prosecution.

Meantime, an assault case against 80-year-old John Joseph Peter Poulet was also dismissed after the complainant informed the court he was no longer interested in pursuing the matter.

Poulet, of Marsesol Beach Apartments, Dover, Christ Church, had been accused of assaulting Anthony Whittaker on November 2.

He had pleaded not guilty to the offence and released on $2 000 bail with one surety.

When Whittaker, who was warned to appear in court today, took the stand he informed the magistrate that while he required compensation he wanted the matter dismissed.

While the two settled the matter of compensation, a $150 court cost was imposed on the parties.

After it was paid the matter was dismissed, with Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant issuing a strong warning to Poulet who was represented by attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at: “Mr Poulet, you are not to interfere with Mr Whittaker [and] don’t harass him.”

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