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Clarendon man freed of gun charges

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 4:40 PM

Twenty-three-year-old construction worker Fitzroy Coore of May Pen, Clarendon has been freed of gun charges in the Clarendon Circuit Court.

Coore was freed  after high court judge Calys Wiltshire yesterday upheld a no case submission by defence lawyer Dwight Reece.

Reece had argued that the identification evidence was very weak and that the Crown had failed to prove its case against Coore.

His client was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent.

The complainant had testified in the Clarendon Circuit that in December 2008, Coore came out of a motorcar in May Pen  and fired two shots at him.

He said he ran to his house and Coore chased him but during the chase, it appeared that the gun became stuck.

The complainant said he observed Coore for about five seconds wearing a handkerchief around his neck.

However, cross-examined by Reece, the complainant said he observed Coore for a split second.

Meanwhile, a relative of the complainant said Coore, armed with a gun, entered the yard and was wearing a peak cap.

Reece argued yesterday that Coore should be freed because the complainant only had a fleeting glance and there were different accounts as to how the shooter was dressed.

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