Street character Ninja Man has been freed and is back on the streets of the capital.
The 60-year-old, whose real name is Anthony Fitzpatrick Lynch, had been on remand at Dodds prison for almost a year accused of committing sacrilege in a place of divine worship.
He had not been able to plea to the indictable charge of entering the St Michael’s Cathedral sometime between August 6 and 8 last year and stealing a crucifix worth $125 and a surge protector worth $25 belonging to the church.
When his case came up for hearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick at District ‘A’ today the prosecutor said he had no instructions on the matter and as such left it in the court’s hands.
It was at that time that the city fixture himself intervened, putting it to the magistrate that as the Crown had neither photos, statement nor evidence to take the case before the High Court, he would seek a dismissal – pointing, too, to the length of time he had already spent on remand.
After hearing the submission Magistrate Frederick, who had continually urged the prosecution to proceed to wrap up the matter given that the accused was “a vulnerable person” in society, was inclined to agree with the accused.
Back in July, the magistrate said: “What you have to do when you have a person like this who is vulnerable you have to give it priority because he most likely does not have anyone to sign bail for him. So you’ll have to prioritize this file.
“A person who is vulnerable has rights just like everybody . . . and we need to make sure he is not disadvantaged. So I am urging you to get this file as a matter of priority because of his vulnerable position.”
With the prosecution failing to deliver a file two months later, the magistrate ruled in Ninja Man’s favour and dismissed the matter for want of prosecution.
“You are free to go,” the magistrate told a happy Ninja Man who walked out of the No 1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court free of the shackles and manacles of either prison or any other dwelling.