Thursday 16 July, 2020

Former Jamaica's 'most wanted' man freed of murder

A man who was once on the island's most wanted list has been acquitted of murder.

Audley Duvall, whom the commissioner of police's office described as being one of Jamaica’s most wanted in 2017, was acquitted of murder before Justice Lorna Shelly-Williams on Tuesday in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston. This after a no case submission was submitted on the defendant's behalf by attorneys, Queen's Counsel Peter Champagnie and Kemar Robinson. 

The allegations are that the accused and another man shot to death and stole the firearm of Craig Grey on August 16, 2016 at Grey's farm in Coolie District, Bog Walk, St Catherine. 

At the trial, a sole eyewitness gave evidence that the men who committed the offense were wearing masks and as such he was unable to see their faces. 

Reports are that, when the trial continued the following day, the witness conflicted his evidence stating that he had actually seen the face of the accused and that the reason why he lied the day before was because he was afraid. 

He told the court that he was able to see the accused face because there was a long bulb shining from a pig pen.  This was uncorroborated by photos of the crime scene and the evidence of the scene of a crime investigator who testified that he did not see a light bulb in the pig pen. 

At the end of the prosecution's case, the judge agreed with the defence that the witness’ evidence was unreliable and instructed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

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