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Mechanic accused of murdering bar operator freed

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 1:38 PM

Forty-year-old mechanic Carey Josephs of Lacey District, St Andrew, has been freed of the murder after the presiding judge upheld a no case submission.

Josephs was accused of murdering bar operator Eltha Smith.

However, his lawyer, Peter Champagnie, argued that the evidence of the eyewitness was not credible.

The witness had testified in the Home Circuit Court that about 9:30 on the night of on June 22, 2013, she witnessed Josephs shooting the deceased several times.

The witness said the deceased was at her bar when Josephs went there with a handgun and shot her several times.

The deceased ran into the road and Josephs pursued her and when she fell Josephs shot her several times.

Under cross-examination, it was pointed out to the witness that she had given a written statement to the police in which she said she did not see who did the shooting.

The witness admitted under cross-examination that she knew the accused Josephs before but only mentioned his name six months after the incident because of fear.

Cross-examined further, the witness said she could not say from what distance she had seen the shooter.

When Josephs was arrested and charged he had denied being present on the night of the incident.