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Carpenter freed of politician's murder

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 11:35 AM

A jury has freed a 36-year-old carpenter from a murder charge that has been pending against him for 12 years.

The Home Circuit Court jury retired for two hours yesterday and returned a majority verdict of 11 to one that Reynaldo Levy was not guilty of the murder of businessman and politician, Windsor Swaby.

Swaby was shot dead at a garage on Slipe Pen Road, Kingston on February 25, 2003.

Defence lawyer Anthony Williams said the lengthy delay in taking the matter to court was because the eyewitness was not available on many occasions.

Williams said Levy was on bail pending his trial.

A policeman who was the sole eyewitness had testified last week that about 8:30 on the morning in question, he was driving down Slipe Pen Road going to Kingston Public Hospital.

He had testified to seeing three men including Levy with guns standing near the Blood Bank on Slipe Pen Road.

It was later discovered that the politician was fatally shot at a garage near to the Blood Bank.

Swaby had gone to the garage to service his motorcar.

Cross-examined by defence lawyer Anthony Williams, the policeman said he did not give a description of what Levy was wearing at the time when he saw him.

In his address to the jury Williams asked them to acquit Levy because there were too many inconsistencies and discrepancies in the evidence given by the policeman.