|Two accused freed on no-case submissions|
|Written by George Barclay|
|Thursday, 15 April 2010 01:17|
4-man murder trial…
prosecution had failed to make out a case
The four defence counsel had completed their addresses to the judge in relation to the no-case submissions which took place in the absence of the jury.
Prosecutor Mr. Ganesh Hira will deliver his address today in relation to the other two accused.
Among other things, the judge ruled yesterday that the fingerprint evidence in the case was inadmissible and would be rejected from the evidence.
This is a result of defence submissions to the effect that the witness who uplifted the fingerprints from the deceased’s car and mounted them on a card, admitted in evidence, that both he and his assistant had omitted to sign the card.
The witness also could not say with certainty which officer he had asked to sign the document and was not in a position to recognize the signature.
After calling his last witness, Radish Persaud, yesterday, leading Prosecutor Mr. Ganesh Hira, closed the case for the Prosecution.
So far, four voir dire had been held. Following the smaller trials in the absence of the jury, six witnesses had testified at the substantive trial.
The close of the prosecution case yesterday was followed by defence no-case submissions by the four defence counsels.
The lawyers in the absence of the jury made submissions to the judge with the hope of convincing him that the prosecution had failed to make out a case to be sent to the jury, and that their clients should be freed at this stage.
Addressing the Court in the following order, Mr. Adrian Thompson for number four accused, Kumar Seeraj called ‘Boysie’; Mr. Hukumchand for accused number two, Azim Khan; Mr. Euclin Gomes for accused number one, Christopher Dhanrad also called Paul Jagnandan; and Miss Kamini Parag for number three accused Vijay Rajkumar called ‘Eon’.