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