Son of police sergeant freed of murder charge

The son of a po­lice of­fi­cer has been freed of mur­der­ing a man in San­gre Grande in 2012.

Af­ter spend­ing al­most sev­en years on re­mand, Keron Glouden walked out the San­gre Grande Mag­is­trates’ Court as a free man on Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter Se­nior Mag­is­trate De­bra Quin­tyne up­held a no case sub­mis­sion in his pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry.

Glouden, whose fa­ther is a po­lice sergeant, was charged with mur­der­ing 21-year-old Shel­don Burke, of Sou Sou Lands, Cu­nar­ipo, on June 16, 2012.

Burke was lim­ing with friends out­side a Roy­al Cas­tle out­let along the East­ern Main Road in San­gre Grande when a car pulled along­side them. The dri­ver then shot Burke sev­er­al times.

While the shoot­er was nev­er ar­rest­ed by po­lice, Glouden was charged based on joint en­ter­prise.

In the no case sub­mis­sion, Glouden’s lawyer Alex­ia Romero chal­lenged the ev­i­dence of three of Burke’s friends, who served as the State’s main wit­ness­es in the case.

They claimed that days be­fore the shoot­ing, Glouden was in­volved in phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with Burke.

While they all ad­mit­ted that they did not see Glouden at the scene they claimed that they heard his (Glouden) voice shout­ing “kill him, kill him” be­fore the shoot­er at­tacked Burke.

Romero claimed that the ev­i­dence was man­i­fest­ly un­re­li­able based on in­con­sis­ten­cies in the wit­ness­es’ ev­i­dence. She al­so claimed that it would have been dif­fi­cult to iden­ti­fy her client’s voice as there was loud mu­sic and shout­ing at the lo­ca­tion.

Romero al­so claimed that there was no ev­i­dence link­ing Glouden to the shoot­er.

“In or­der to prove ac­ces­so­r­i­al li­a­bil­i­ty, it must be suf­fi­cient­ly proved that Mr Glouden en­cour­aged the shoot­er in com­mit­ting the of­fence by say­ing “kill him, kill him” or words to that ef­fect and that the shoot­er op­er­at­ed ex­clu­sive­ly on Mr Glouden’s com­mand and that there was a plan to kill Shel­don Burke,” Romero stat­ed.

In her de­ci­sion, Quin­tyne agreed with Romero that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence link­ing Glouden to the crime and dis­missed the charge against him.

 - Derek Achong

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