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By Latoya GilesWith a relieved look on his face as though a thousand pounds has been lifted off his shoulders, murder accused Justin John walked out the High Court a free man after spending an astonishing seven years behind bars without a trial.Justice William Ramlal yesterday directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty after the prosecution failed to establish a case against John.John,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, 55, was accused of murdering his brother back in 2003 and had been incarcerated ever since.Prosecutors Shivani Balcharan and Judith Gildharie-Mursalin represented the state.The prosecution called their one and only witness Police Constable Browne who gave evidence about a statement he took from John.But the time and even today,Cheap NFL Jerseys, John could not utter a single English word. The court was told that there was no interpreter when the statement was taken.Browne also said that no force,Cheap NFL Jerseys 2018, threat or violence was used when the statement was taken. He also said that he signed as a witness to the statement.Attorneys at Vidyanand Persaud, and Prasha Persaud-Kissoon represented John. The two refused to cross examined the witness and stood by their submissions.The lawyers in their submission to the court said that there was not sufficient evidence to convict the accused.They also contended that the state had the right to provide an interpreter. At this point Prosecutor Balcharan declined to say anything.Justice Ramlal, after hearing the submission ordered the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.John’s lawyer, Vidyanand Persaud,Cheap NFL Jerseys From China, during a brief address to the court said that the case had generated much public commentary. He opined that the justice system had faulted his client.Justice Ramlal briefly interjected and said that he did not believe that the justice system is at fault but how the justice system operates that should be questioned.The lawyer continued in his address and said that his client’s preliminary inquiry stretched out over a period of five years.Persaud said that during the five years the prosecution would take “bits and bytes’ of evidence.“He was charged in 2003…. then in 2005 the first piece of evidence was taken…. in 2006 was the third time he appeared in court…then again in 2007….he returned to court in 2008 and this time he appeared three times….” The lawyer explained.He also cited some instances when his client was not brought to court because of unknown reasons. In all Persaud said his client was kept behind bars for “almost ten years.”Justice Ramlal in return said that the court appreciated what the lawyer said. He said that there were some issues within the judiciary that need to be addressed.He said that he couldn’t understand why a “preliminary inquiry” has to take so long. Furthermore the judge opined that something has to be wrong with the people in the system.Justice Ramlal said that there was no doubt in his mind that John’s fundamental rights to a fair and early trial had been infringed upon. The judge also said that he had no doubts that he was involved in the murder, but that was no reason for him to spend all those years in prison.The judge further said that another impediment on John was the fact that he could not have communicated with the police.Justice Ramlal on behalf of his court offered John his sincere apology for having to spend all those years behind bars.Yesterday as John stood in the corridors of the High Court a number of persons gathered and offered him words of encouragement. His lawyers yesterday said that they are going to explore the option of filing civil action against the state.His lawyers said that John would be taken to the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to see what help can be rendered to him.John,Cheap NFL Jerseys, who hails from South Rupununi,wholesale nfl jerseys, was among a number of other prisoners who requested an early trial last month when they appeared before Justice Roxanne George.At that appearance the court was told that John could not speak English when he was admitted to the prison.The judge said that John represented a broken justice system that existed in the country.The judge cited the problem as the break down between High Court and the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Justice George had also called on the stakeholder to address and help fix the problems within the justice system.
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