Businessman Mark Nooks freed of illegal possession of firearm and assault charges
Forty-two-year-old businessman Mark Nooks has been freed of illegal possession of firearm and assault charges in the Gun Court after it was revealed in court that the complainant was attempting to extort him.
The prosecution yesterday dropped its case following the revelation.
The complainant had denied extorting the businessman when he was crossed examined by Nooks' attorney Peter Champagnie.
“However, in a dramatic turn of events in court (April 17) the investigating officer was confronted in cross-examination … of a taped recorded conversation in which it confirmed that such a discussion did take place between himself and the complainant” Champagnie said.
“In the circumstances, the prosecution was constrained to offer no further evidence against the accused who whilst admitting that there was a confrontation denied pointing his firearm at the complainant” he further said.
It was alleged that early on the morning of February 25, 2017, Nooks and the complainant were patrons at a popular entertainment establishment in Kingston where they got into an argument.
It was further alleged that Nooks pull his licensed firearm and caused his friends to assault the complainant who was in the company of his then girlfriend.
The complainant and his girlfriend reportedly made a hasty retreat from the establishment and it was said that they were confronted by the businessman at a traffic light in the Trafalgar Road area.
It was alleged that he pulled up his car alongside the complainant and pointed his firearm at both him and his girlfriend threatening to kill them.
The complainant and his girlfriend sped away and subsequently reported the matter to the police where after Nooks was charged two weeks later.
In court under cross-examination by Champagnie, it was revealed that the complainant was a convicted criminal who had some time ago pleaded guilty to breaches of the Cybercrimes Act.
Champagnie suggested to the complainant that he was seeking to extort monies from Nooks and not having received any continued his quest by fabricating the gun pulling aspect of the case.
It was also suggested to him that he had indicated to the investigating officer that he initially wanted $700,000 from the businessman as compensation.
He denied the suggestions.
However, the court heard a tape recording of a conversation between the investigating officer and the complainant in which the latter said he wanted money in exchange to drop the case.
The prosecution then offered no further evidence and Nooks was freed by the court.