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Oct 11, 2019

Leon Gentle is Not Guilty of Dangerous Harm

Leon Gentle

In 2014, Vitalino Reyes Junior was badly beaten when his father and another well-known operator were having differences in the cave tubing business.  The violent incident made the news for days. The heavy competition sparked a huge war between the son and others working for the competing company. Today, the case came crashing down at the Supreme Court when the crown, represented by Porsha Staine-Ferguson, was forced to enter a nolle prosequi. It was rejected by the judge who instructed the jury to find the accused, Leon Gentle, not guilty of the charges of dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm, setting him free after seven years awaiting trial. Gentle was an employee of Yohnny Rosado. His trial kicked off on Wednesday; Prosecutor Porsha Staine called six witnesses to the stand, but her main witness, Yoney Vega, a then tour-guide of Cayo District, arrived at court late. This prompted the prosecutor to ask for an adjournment, but it was not granted by Justice Colin Williams.   As he left the court, Gentle noted that the victim never made it to court so he intends to sue. Reyes Junior was badly beaten and never fully recovered so the crown relied heavily on the testimony of Vega, who was also injured, during the attack. Vega had identified a man he claimed threw a beer bottle that injured Reyes Junior as they were leaving Long Island Bar. Several persons were charged and arraigned at the lower court on other charges in connection with the near deadly attack but they all saw the charges withdrawn from against them.

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