Prosecution delays lead to dismissals

COURT TODAY BLOCKAlmost 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.

5 Responses to Prosecution delays lead to dismissals

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 6, 2015 at 5:27 am

    What a friggin disgrace this is fault of both BLP and DLP governments spending damm money on stupid projects but can’t fix justice system so folks can recieve fair and timely justice which includes the accuse and people on other side.Guess these idiots running show gine wait under people start to take the law into they own hands because justice system moves like a turtle.

    • Regina Worrell
      Regina Worrell February 6, 2015 at 5:46 am

      Disgrace? How so?

    • wayne February 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

      The fault is the prosecutor, who did not prepare for the case as they were instructed to,, this is a step in the right direction, put a stop to abuse of the due process.

  2. Maxine Hutchinson February 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Rawle, did someone give you those words to type? Can you actually read what you have posted herein? You seem to be a bit shaky. Better yet – were you paid to post that comment? Next time, make use of the correct preposition, conjunction and possessive adjective.

  3. Sunil Brome February 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Disgrace? Kudos to the Magistrate for taking the initiative to do something, these cases are drawn out too long with promise of commencement. If anything this should encourage the prosecution to be better prepared as we move forward.


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