Accused robber freed

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man, who was accused of robbing a couple at their St Andrew home in 2015, was freed of the charges when he appeared in the Gun Court on yesterday.

Jovani Powell was charged with two counts of robbery and illegal possession of firearm following the March 19 robbery.

It was alleged that about 5:30 pm, a retired engineer and his wife were robbed of $38,000 cash, two Rolex watches valued more than US$32,000 and a gold bangle valued more than US$2,500 at their Stony Hill home.

Powell, who was represented by attorneys Bert Samuels and Able-Don Foote, was freed following a successful no case submission.

Foote argued that the identification parade was compromised and the overall identification evidence is of very poor quality considering that the evidence revealed that the assailant at the time had a handkerchief over his face, covering his mouth and nose.

He also argued that the most prominent feature of Powell's face were his ears, which the complainant did not include in his evidence or his description to the police.

Following the submission, Powell was acquitted of all charges by senior Supreme Court Judge Justice Bertram Morrison.

Racquel Porter

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