Businessman freed of murder charge
A 45-year-old concessionaire, who operated the canteen at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company in St Catherine, was on Wednesday freed of murder charge.
Duane Lyn, was charged with murder arising from a fight between himself and one of his employees, Raymond McDonald.
The prosecution had alleged that during a heated argument over the care of the canteen, which took place on March 27, 2017, Lyn used a knife to stab McDonald in his chest.
McDonald was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Two of Lyn’s other employees claimed to have witnessed the killing but gave different versions of the incident to the police. However, neither of these employees saw when the actual stabbing took place.
Lyn’s lawyer, Peter Champagnie, KC, had maintained that the case against his client was tenuous. Lyn had asserted that he acted in self-defence.
During Lyn’s appearance in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Wednesday, prosecutors conceded that they would have been unable to successfully mount a case against the accused.
Additionally, it was disclosed that the witnesses could not be located. As a result, Lyn who was on bail was told by the Court that he was free to go.