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Man charged with murder of cop freed following DPP’s advice – 23rd May 2013

shakachase_freedIt was jubilation outside of the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court today as murder accused Shaka Chase was set free from the charges brought by the Police.

Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry handed down the decision based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The DPP was never consulted to give advice in the matter before the Police instituted the charges.

Chase was fingered in the murder of Police Corporal Romein Cleto on April 27th on Avenue of the Republic, in Georgetown.

Chase has always professed his innocence and told his lawyers and relatives that he was beaten and tortured into making a confession.

Today he was overjoyed as he spoke with members of the media. His sister was also thankful that the matter was over with.

James Bond, one of his lawyers told reporters that “justice has prevailed this morning” based on the submission of several alibi statements to the DPP and alleged torture of Chase by the Police to force him to sign a confession statement.

The Police are claiming that gunpowder residue was found on the hands of the suspect and he was positively identified during an ID parade. According to Bond, on the night of the shooting the young man turned himself into the Police after his name was called in the Policeman’s murder. The Police kept him there for questioning and released him later. It was some weeks after that the police brought charges against Chase.

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