A 23-year-old man today walked free of a charge of assault.
Walton Wayne Alonzo, of King Street, St Michael, was accused of unlawfully committing the offence against Elton Harewood on June 26, 2017.
However, when the matter came up for hearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court, Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that the complainant, a Guyana national, had left the jurisdiction in December and there was no indication that he would be returning.
“I don’t have a file at this juncture in the matter and the virtual complainant will be critical in this case. At this point it is a proverbial needle in a haystack given that we don’t have any address for him in Guyana,” the prosecutor explained following which defence attorney Vonda Pile made a submission that the case against her client be dismissed.
The magistrate ruled in favour of the accused on the basis that the Crown could relodge the case if Harewood returned to the country and declared his intention to continue with the matter.