A nine-member jury today found Peter St Clair Toppin, of 2nd Avenue, Whitehall, St Michael, not guilty of gun and ammunition charges.
Toppin, who is in his 20’s, was charged with having a .32 calibre revolver and five rounds of ammunition on February 13, 2010. He had pleaded not guilty to both charges.
When the case began in the No. 2 Supreme Court on October 12, Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas told the court that police were carrying out an operation in an area known as Black Water in Richmond, St Michael when they spotted the accused. He allegedly looked in the direction of the police and suddenly ran off, holding on to his pants.
“Whilst running, he collided with a police vehicle and fell and . . . the gun fell out of his pants,” Thomas, who was assisted by Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney, told the court then.
However, one of the last witnesses to take the stand was Toppin’s sister, Jessica Toppin. She told the court that on the day in question, her brother was at her house.
“[He] wasn’t feeling well . . . [He] went out the Friday night [and] came home. He was drinking and wasn’t feeling well . . . was vomiting and so forth . . . He did not leave home the whole day Saturday,” she testified.
Following closing arguments today by the Crown and defence attorney Verla Depeiza, the jury of two men and seven women returned unanimous not guilty verdicts.