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St Catherine farmer freed of firearm, wounding charges

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Twenty-eight-year-old farmer Shunga Sylvester of Bellas Gate, St Catherine has been freed of charges of illegal possession of a firearm and unlawful wounding.

He was freed on Thursday when Justice Nicole Simmons upheld a submission by attorney-at-law Floyd Green that there were too many inconsistencies in the Crown's case.

The complainant said on the night of December 29, 2011, Sylvester jumped out of bushes in Bellas Gate and used a gun to hit him over the left eye, wounding him.

However, Sylvester had gone to the police station and reported that he and the complainant had had an argument over politics.

Sylvester said during the argument he hit the complainant in his face and the bracelet on his hand cut the complainant over the eye.

After the Crown closed its case, Green submitted that Sylvester should be freed because the complainant was not speaking the truth and there were too many inconsistencies in the case.