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Men charged with uncle's murder set free

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 5:02 PM

Two cousins who were charged for the killing of their uncle five years ago, yesterday walked free from the St Thomas Circuit Court.

Twenty-five-year-old Mickeal Thompson and 21-year-old Roshane Foster were arrested for killing Donovan Johnson also called 'Dennis' of Yallahs. 

According to reports, at 11:20 on the night of August 15, 2012, Johnson had just arrived home when he was allegedly shot and killed by the two cousins.

They allegedly admitted to the police that they murdered Johnson. 

However, the circumstances under which the confessions were made were challenged by the men's attorneys Hensley Williams and Horace Gray in court yesterday.

They argued that their clients were beaten and taken to a waterfall where shots were fired over their heads. 

After hearing a seven-day submission from the attorneys and deputy director of public prosecution Andrea Martin-Swaby, Justice Sonia Wint-Blair ruled that the statements were inadmissible due to the manner in which they were obtained.

She noted that no attorney or justice of the peace was present to inform the accused of their rights before the statements were recorded by the police. 

The jury was then instructed by the judge to return a not guilty verdict.