Cop freed of shooting St Mary taxi man
Fifty-one-year-old police constable Donovan Grant, who is attached to the Port Maria police station, has been freed in the St Mary Circuit Court of a wounding 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 operation with the Transport Authority when he saw Bariffe running a robot taxi.
It was reported that Grant accosted Bariffe to get the key to his car in order to seize the vehicle.
Bariffe resisted, jumped in the vehicle and mowed Grant down pinning him under the right fender of the car.
Grant pulled his service pistol and fired a shot through the driver's window hitting Bariffe in the shoulder.
The policeman was subsequently arrested and charged.
Bariffe subsequently died from an illness which was unrelated to the shooting incident.
When the matter came before the court yesterday, Senior Deputy Director of Public prosecutions Jeremy Taylor said the Crown was unable to present any evidence against Grant.
Justice Vivienne Harris instructed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.
Attorney-at-law Oswest Senior Smith represented Grant.
Grant was off the job from 2004 until earlier this year when he was reinstated.
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