Merritt freed of gun charge

Pertrice Merritt was all smiles yesterday as he made his way out of the Supreme Court complex on White Park Road and into the afternoon sunshine, a free man.

Pertrice Merritt (left) and his mother were all smiles as they left the Supreme Court complex yesterday.

The 27-year-old resident of Parish Land, Christ Church was released from HMP Dodds after spending 15 months on remand.

He had been charged with having possession of a firearm sometime between September 19 and 29, 2015.

However, a February 23 warrant of discontinuance, issued and signed by the Director of Public Prosecution Charles Leacock, QC, saw him being freed by Madam Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court.

“It behooves me to enquire if I didn’t get involved in that matter, what would have happened? He would just sit in prison and rot?” his attorney Andrew Pilgrim, QC, queried.

“The Crown should have known that they should not have charged [him] in the first place.”

13 Responses to Merritt freed of gun charge

  1. Onisha Thomas
    Onisha Thomas March 1, 2017 at 9:17 am

    look he look older than 27 tho

  2. Whitehill March 1, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Your son has been robbed and imprisoned wrongfully by the state,
    look what some silly ass women/mothers take umbrage with..The ages of those involved.
    Silly women!

  3. Hazelanne Lewis
    Hazelanne Lewis March 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    All that matters is that he is free. Who cares whether he look older than he is. People can really talk a lot of nonsense. Just be happy for his mother and him.

  4. Tony Waterman March 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    @Whitehill!!!!! His being freed has NOTHING to do with his Guilt,or Innocence, and he was NOT wrongfully Imprisoned.
    He was Investigated, Arrested, and Charged for the Offence that he was accused of, he Got off because we have the POOREST and WORST Judicial System in the Caribbean (Perhaps the World) and our Esteemed Chief Justice, has done absolutely NOTHING to Remedy that Situation, since he was Installed as our Chief Justice.

    He was on Remand at Dodds, for 15 Months, without being brought to Trial, and our Constitution calls for him to be tried in a reasonable time, i guess the Judge came to the conclusion that this was unreasonable to have him incarcerated for this length of time without a Trial.

    We can look forward to thiese types of Decisions more frequently in the Future.

  5. Jamel Hunte
    Jamel Hunte March 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Free n home at last pat rice

  6. Maureen fields March 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I agree with you Tony Waterman.


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