Man Freed of Wounding Charge after 24 Years Before Court

Jamaica News: After having a case hanging over him for 24 years, Devon Heslop, who was facing a charge of wounding with intent, walked out of the St. James Parish Court a free man yesterday, Monday, July 1.

Heslop was charged and placed before the St. James Parish Court in 1995 to answer to the wounding charge, but the complainant in the matter has failed to appear in court.

During the court proceedings before presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small, attorney-at-law Michael Hemmings, who was representing Heslop, made a no order application on his behalf.

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Following Hemmings’ no order application, the clerk-of-court made an application for an indictment order, and the judge granted the request.

Heslop was subsequently pleaded, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge of wounding with intent. The prosecution at that point offered no further evidence, and the judge told Heslop he was free to go.

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