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Clarendon man freed of murder charge

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Clarendon man whose murder case attracted public attention in 2009, when two female jurors were jailed for soliciting a bribe to free him has been acquitted in a new trial.

The 36-year-old accused man Rohan Johnson, of Lionel Town, Clarendon, and his mother wept yesterday, after a not-guilty verdict was handed down by a Home Circuit Court jury in Kingston.

The case was transferred from the Clarendon Circuit Court in February 2009, after the trial was aborted because two jurors had solicited a bribe of $100,000 from Johnson's mother to set him free.

Johnson went on trial last week for the murder of 56-year-old former policeman, Astor Ferguson.

Ferguson was shot dead in Lionel Town on June 26, 2008.

The main witness for the Crown testified before Senior Pusine Judge Gloria Smith and the 12-member jury that on the day of the incident, he saw Johnson with a gun.

He said he saw the deceased going into his motorcar and Johnson pulling him out of it.

He said shortly after he heard gunshots and saw the car being driven away and the deceased walking and staggering.

Ferguson was taken to hospital where he died several days later.

Cross-examined by defence lawyers Dr Randolph Williams and William Hines, the witness admitted that he was a cocaine addict but said three months before the incident he had stopped taking the substance.

In his defence, Johnson said that at the time of the incident he was with his girlfriend in Four Paths, Clarendon.

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