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Farmer freed of gun charges

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Twenty-three-year-old farmer Omarley Francis has been freed of charges of illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Justice Marcia Dunbar-Green freed Francis in the Gun Court on Thursday after the prosecution offered no further evidence.

The crown decided not to proceed due to inconsistencies in the evidence of the two police witnesses after cross examination by Francis' Attorney Don Foote.

The cops had testified that they were driving in downtown Kingston on the night of March 10, 2014 when they saw Francis.

They testified that he dropped an object along the road and ran.

The cops testified that he was chased and accosted and taken back to the location where they recovered a nine millemetre pistol.

In his evidence, one of the cops told the court that the area where the gun was found was well lit but under cross examination testified that it was dark.

The other cop, under cross examination, testified that he had a flashlight when he and his colleague found the gun.

He also admitted that this was not included in his witness statement.

Foote then submitted that the prosecution failed to make out a case.