Dog Paw, co-accused freed of gun charges but remain in prison
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
High court judge Justice Jennifer Straw this afternoon freed former reputed gang leader Christopher Linton otherwise called ‘Dog Paw’ and his co-accused Micah Allen of gun charges.
The judge handed down her decision in the Gun Court after no-case submissions by defense lawyers.
A third accused Nicholas Nesbeth, represented by attorney-at-law, Dr. Randalf Williams, was freed yesterday.
In ruling on the case involving Linton and Allen, Justice Straw said she felt constrained to free them because the quality of the identification evidence was poor.
The Crown is alleging that on June 29, 2010 the three men were among a group of 20 who fired shots at a police party on Premix Road in Tavern, St Andrew.
A shoot-out reportedly ensued between the police and the men, as well as Andrew Smellie, who was a member of Linton’s gang, were shot dead.
But the judge ruled against the evidence presented on the basis of the lighting at the time of the incident and the 10 seconds the police took to view the 20 men and determine the involvement of the accused.
Linton was represented by Diane Jobson and Allen by Patrick Peterkin.
Three policemen testified at the trial which started last week.
Despite being relieved of the gun charges, Linton and Allen are not free men.
They are serving a 15-year prison sentence for shooting at a police team in Tavern, St Andrew in April 2010.
They were convicted last year of the offences of illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent.
Linton is also before the courts in relation to the 2010 murder of a family in Bedward Gardens, August Town, St Andrew.
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