Cases dismissed

Bridgetown Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today dismissed three separate cases for “want of prosecution”.

Robert Jesse Forde of 8th Avenue New Orleans, St Michael walked out of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court free of a six-year-old theft charge.

Forde, was charged along with Ramon Jamar Hewitt, 26, of the same address, with stealing a quantity of copper valued $512 from the premises of the Ministry of Health at Jemmott’s Lane, St Michael, property of the Crown, on August 21, 2011.

When the matter went before the magistrate again today, the prosecutor was still not in possession of a file to start the matter.

Given the length of time that the case had been in the system, the magistrate dismissed it.

However, Hewitt, who was a no show at today’s hearing, still has to make an appearance in the No. 2 Criminal Court.

In the other case, Reynold Lance Pope and Reco Ramario Shaquille Spratt, both of 3rd Avenue, Bibby’s Lane, St Michael, were charged with causing Akeem Montoute serious bodily harm on June 15, 2013, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him.

That three-year-old case was also dismissed after the Crown failed to start the matter.

Meanwhile, Gregory Leon Holder was also freed of a drug charge that had been brought against him.

Holder, who is in his late 30s, was accused of possession of cannabis – an offence that allegedly occurred on March 6, 2014. His case was also dismissed for the same reasons as the other two matters.

3 Responses to Cases dismissed

  1. Lennox hewitt March 3, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Dis Hewitt i noes nothing bout him he bout d place doing illegal thing den people feel we family especially Sherwin

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  2. Alex Alleyne March 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Maybe for this same reason is why the “Cold Case department” get shut down.

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  3. Tony Waterman March 4, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Bridgetown Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, has done what i have always been saying shoud be done, and as can be seen from the Following excerpt of OUR Constitution is well withing the Magistrates RIGHT.

    3. Any person who is arrested or detained –
    a. for the purpose of bringing him before a court in execution of the order of a court; or
    b. upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed or being about to commit a criminal offense.
    and who is not released, shall be brought before a court as soon as is reasonably practicable; and if any person arrested or detained upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed or being about to commit a criminal offense is not tried within a reasonable time, then, without prejudice to any further proceedings which may be brought against him, he shall be released either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions, including in particular such conditions as are reasonably necessary to ensure that he appears at a later date for trial or for proceedings preliminary to trial.

    The Very IMPORTANT phrase here, is “Reasonable and Practical”
    and in there is Nothong Reasonable in those Three cases above that were dismissed.
    The First case Dismissed was in the System for 6 Years, and there was a file Missing.Nothing Reasonable about that time.

    Next Cases approximately 3 Years each, again Nothing Reasonable about that timing, and again paper work sems to be the cause.

    The Remedy here seems to be the Complete Computerisation of the Court System, where all paper work relevent to Cases is on a server which is easily accessable by the Magistrates/Judges and their Court Staff at the touch of a Key.

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