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Courts wrap up cases in Kingston, St Mary

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Courts wrap up cases in Kingston, St Mary

Barbara Gayle

Justice Coordinator

Four cases were disposed of yesterday, including that of bus driver Cassius Berwise and conductor Carville Graham who were accused of abducting a 16-year-old schoolgirl on December 18, 2009.

The men had been in custody since 2009.

They were freed in the Home Circuit Court after prosecutor Adley Duncan said the Crown was offering no evidence against them because the complainant had never attended court.

It was alleged that Berwise took the girl several miles from her destination, telling her that he was going to have sexual intercourse with her.

She was rescued after a passenger intervened and helped her to escape.

Constable Donovan Grant, 51, who is stationed at the Port Maria police station, was freed in the St Mary Circuit Court of a wounding with intent charge.

He was accused of shooting taxi operator Miguel Bariffe in the shoulder on October 13, 2004 in the bus park in Port Maria, St Mary.

Grant was on an operation with the Transport Authority when he saw Bariffe running a robot taxi. It was reported that Grant accosted Bariffe to get the motorcar key in order to seize the motorcar. Bariffe resisted, jumped in the vehicle and drove down on Grant twice pinning him under the right fender of the motorcar.

Grant pulled his service pistol and shot him, through the driver's window, in the shoulder.

Grant, who was represented by attorney-at-law Oswest Senior Smith, was arrested and charged. Bariffe died a few years later from an illness which was unrelated to the shooting incident.

The Crown offered no evidence and Justice Vivienne Harris directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

Grant was off the job from 2004 until this year when he was reinstated.

Sergeant of police Orel Ayres, who was charged with the murder of Marcus Vernon, was freed in the Home Circuit Court.

Vernon was shot dead at his home in South St Andrew on September 10, 2005. The police reported that they went to the premises to execute a warrant on Vernon for murder. Vernon pulled a rifle and fired at the police party and the police returned the fire.

Senior Smith also represented Ayres, who was on bail.

A jury convicted three men of the murder of 17-year-old Harold Grant of Kintyre, St Andrew.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert will sentence 28-year-old Bryan Rose, 24-year-old Keron Pearce and 20-year-old Navion Richards on January 19 next year.

Prosecutors Sharon Millwood Moore and Theresa Henley led evidence that the men shot and killed Grant in Kintyre on May 2, 2012.