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Feb 15, 2017

Trio Accused of Shooting Policeman See Charges Dropped

The case against three men, who shot a police officer, fell apart today two weeks after it begun before Justice Adolph Lucas.  The shooting of Police Constable Nigel White occurred on March twenty-six 2011 while he was on duty at the Belama Phase Two police station on Albert Hoy Street.  The alleged brazen gunman was identified as Karim Morris along with two accomplices Linsford Acosta and Justo Lopez; they were charged with attempted murder. The officer was not only shot, but robbed of his firearm.  The three accused men claimed that they had been badly beaten by police and Morris and Lopez gave caution statements which were subsequently found inadmissible in court.  But today, the case for the prosecution fell apart when the main witness, PC White, could not positively identify the gunmen. He relived the incident recalling that after hearing the cocking of a gun, he jumped to his feet. Three men walked into the station and before he could pull out his firearm, one shot at him in the chest.  Another took his gun and they all fled down Albert Hoy Street. White said he only had a few seconds to see their faces. This morning in a ruling, Judge Lucas concluded that the case relied heavily on White’s identification of the accused men and in his view, their identification was of a poor quality and besides there were flaws in the identification parade.

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