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Man previously charged for stabbing his uncle to death acquitted of murder

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 5:23 AM

A St Andrew man who was arrested and charged for stabbing his uncle to death during an altercation six years ago was acquitted of murder in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

Twenty-eight-year-old taxi driver Devardo Gooden was freed after the seven-member jury hearing the case returned a not guilty verdict. 

Prosecutors alleged that Gooden and his uncle Rudolph Campbell had an argument that was witnessed by other family members.

The argument reportedly escalated and Campbell hit Gooden in the face as he sat in a motorcar.

Gooden then got out of the vehicle and stabbed Campbell in the chest.

Gooden's aunt who witnessed the altercation testified in court that moments before her brother was stabbed he had a stone he was about to use to hit his nephew.

The prosecutor Keisha Prince then indicated that she could not go any further with the case because the issue of self-defence had arisen and she could not negate it.

The jury was then directed to return a verdict of not guilty.