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Original claim dooms cop’s ID of accused

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2022 | 12:12 AM

A St Catherine man was freed on Monday of gun offences after defence lawyer Dwight Reece pointed out that the policeman, in his original statement, had said he would not be able to identify any of the men who fired at the police party.

Freed was 35-year-old Enrique Cohen, farmer, who was charged with illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent.

Evidence was given in the Gun Court that on February 1, 2017, the police, acting on a report, stumbled upon a ganja farm in Bodles, St Catherine.

Five men were seen attending to the ganja.

A cop testified that upon seeing the police party, all five men fired at them. The police reportedly returned the fire and one of the men was shot dead.

The other four escaped.

The policeman testified that three years later, on October 13, 2020, he went to a house in Marlie Gardens, near Old Harbour. He reportedly knocked on a door and a man whom he recognised as Cohen emerged.

Cohen was taken into custody and subsequently charged.

Cross-examined by Reece, the policeman admitted that he had said in his first statement that based on what unfolded, he was unable to identify any of the men.

Following the policeman’s testimony, Reece made a no-case submission that it would be unfair for the judge to rely on the evidence of the policeman.

Senior Puisne Judge Carol Lawrence Beswick upheld the submissions and freed Cohen.

Reece said on Monday that Cohen should not have been charged in the first place.

“My client is happy that justice has prevailed in the end,” Reece said.

Barbara Gayle