New charges possible against three accused of collaborating with escapee
July 12, 2002
New charges could be filed against three persons who were recently freed by Magistrate Melissa Robert-son on the charge that they were accessories, after the fact, to wanted prison escapee Dale Moore.
The trio Youlanda McDonald, Bryan Holder and Colville Kellman had been discharged recently by the magistrate on the grounds that they were charged under the wrong section of the Criminal Law Offences Act.
Police had alleged that the three had willful contact with Moore on the night of Sunday, April 21. They were subsequently arrested, along with another, and brought before the court to answer to the offences.
During the Preliminary Inquiry, the magistrate found that they were charged under the wrong section of the Criminal Law Offences Act (CLOA) - they were charged under the penalty section of the Act, Section 27, rather than the section which created the offence, Section 26 - and she discharged the matter since there was no offence created.
A source in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions noted that this allows for new charges to be filed against the three.
Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent David Ramnarine, on inquiry, also noting that the three persons were neither acquitted nor convicted, said the matter was being reviewed and the necessary directions would be given to the police.