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Murder charge dropped against Shaka Chase

A protest outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court turned into celebration on Thursday morning after the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered the Police to drop the murder charge it had instituted against 26-year-old East Ruimveldt resident Shaka Chase.

With the charges dropped, Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry told Chase he was free to leave the court-house. The young man was charged on Monday for the shooting death of Police Corporal Romain Cleto. He had always maintained his innocence and had told his attorneys Nigel Hughes and James Bond that he was no where close to the Republic Avenue area on the night that the policeman was gunned down.

Chase had also complained about being badly beaten and tortured while in custody and being forced to sign a confession. His lawyers sent that information along with several statements from a number of other persons who confirmed Chase’s alibi on the night of April 27, 2013 when Police Corporal Cleto was murdered.

An emotional Shaka Chase hurried out of the courtroom and into the arms of relatives and supporters who were gathered on the outside. His young son was also at the courthouse and he grabbed him into his arms as he celebrated his freedom. Chase would only say that he was happy to be set free and that justice was done in the matter. IMG_4204

Attorney James Bond told News Source that justice was served and this should serve as a wake up call to the police to conduct proper investigations in the future.

The Attorney said the murder charge against Chase was based solely on a confession statement and there was no way that sort of evidence could stand up in court taking into account the man’s complaints about being beaten and tortured into making the same statement.

Bond said it is also time for complaints about torture and beating of persons by law enforcement to be taken seriously. He said “it is incumbent on us lawyers to start to submit whatever evidence we have” in that regard.

Police investigators did not ask the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice on the matter before charging Chase and that move was criticised by the Attorneys for the young man. Shaka Chase’s relatives said they were happy that “justice was served” in the matter since the “wrong man would have been put down” for the murder of Policeman Romain Cleto.

Cleto was shot while approaching a heavily tinted vehicle that his patrol had stopped on the night of April 27, 2o13. A number of persons were initially questioned about the shooting death. Shaka Chase had visited the police on several occasions and was released before charges were eventually brought against him. Charges that have now been thrown out.

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20 Comments to “Murder charge dropped against Shaka Chase”

  1. Heaven Sent Angel says:

    GOD IS GOOD…HOPE YOU LEARNT FROM THIS MR..CHASE.

  2. Alicia Blake says:

    one lucky fella.

  3. Tiffany Byass says:

    God always answer prayers.

  4. Loretta Mc Kenzie Walters says:

    God answer prayer and he heard the cries of the innocent.. God is good Mr Chase.

  5. Rashell Anthony says:

    he, s very lucky! sorry for all the rest that Cop lock up for nothing in GT!

  6. Malika Natasha Ramsey says:

    This is absolutely great news. But can someone now please tell me what will become of the police officers involved? Or are they bigger than the law. Will they be investigated, sanctioned and possibly fired?

    • Slims Hope says:

      Girl sad to say dis is D last of that new's u will get, it all going "under D carpet" look and C.

    • Slims Hope says:

      Girl sad to say dis is D last of that new's u will get, it all going "under D carpet" look and C.

    • Hello , hello , hello , these police beat people before and they were still there to beat Shaka and will be there to beat many many many more,,,watch the ride .

    • @Slims , so true u r 100% right.

    • Stephan Abbensetts says:

      Well in the first place the stupid police need to consult the dpp first before the wasted the courts time and put that guy true hell , the dpp would know what can convict and with what u can convict with as I said the would be mad to go to trial with a dozen alibis for the defense

  7. Malika Natasha Ramsey says:

    This is absolutely great news. But can someone now please tell me what will become of the police officers involved? Or are they bigger than the law. Will they be investigated, sanctioned and possibly fired?

  8. Malika Natasha Ramsey says:

    This is absolutely great news. But can someone now please tell me what will become of the police officers involved? Or are they bigger than the law. Will they be investigated, sanctioned and possibly fired?

  9. with all that was said and done they did not acknowledge GOD and nothing is possible with out GOD.

  10. God answer prayers, he heard the voice of his mother and others that prayed sincerely, just let us give him thanks, he would do the rest, lay back and see the good work of God.

  11. God answer prayers, he heard the voice of his mother and others that prayed sincerely, just let us give him thanks, he would do the rest, lay back and see the good work of God.

  12. Dale Jervis says:

    wow! truly amazin', now les pray for his safety.

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