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Ex-councillor acquitted of murder charge

Wednesday, January 16, 2013    

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FORMER Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker Lennox Hines and two co-accused were on Friday freed of a charge of murder in the Home Circuit Court.

The men were freed after the prosecution entered a nolle prosequi, dropping the charge against them.

The prosecution took that particular course as the witness, who has since been killed, gave three contradictory statements to the police. In light of this, the statements would have been useless had the Crown opted for trial using the Evidence Amendment Act. The Act allows for statements of deceased witnesses, or witnesses who cannot be located, to be read into evidence.

The others charged along with Hines were Radcliffe Smith and Leonard Thomas.

The murder occurred in August, just before the September 3, 2007 General Election, and was believed to be politically motivated.

According to police reports, a group of people were at a shop at Milton's Place in Portmore, St Catherine, when a white Honda Civic motor car drove up and the occupants opened fire hitting 19-year-old Oral Livermore.

The three were subsequently arrested and charged.

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