Jamaica Crime News, St James: Cops Freed – Two St. James police officers were on Wednesday freed of murder after the Court upheld a no-case submission presented on their behalf by their attorneys.
Constables Victor Mitchell and Andrew Hudson, who were charged in relation to the 2013 shooting death of Barrington McAnuff, were acquitted of the murder charge after Defence Attorneys Martyn Thomas and Morrel Beckford presented a no case submission at the end of the trial at the St. James Circuit Court.
The prosecution did not negate that the defendants were acting in self-defence when they shot the deceased. Self-defence arose on the crown’s case as the witnesses called by the prosecution were not able to see the deceased at the time the shooting was taking place and could not say whether or not he was pointing or pointed the .38 Smith & Wesson revolver that was recovered from him by the police.
During a court sitting on Tuesday, presiding High Court Justice Martin Gayle adjourned at 12 noon to consider this no-case submission and gave his ruling at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The High Court Justice upheld the submission and acceded to the no-case submission on Wednesday which resulted in the cops being set free.
The two policemen were arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations following the shooting death of McAnuff, who was killed at a restaurant in Lilliput, St James, during an alleged shootout on April 13, 2013.