Three men accused of attempting to kill Jawana “Sanga” Fraser in Paul’s Avenue last October were discharged on Tuesday after the virtual complainant failed to turn up to court as the preliminary inquiry continued.
Jomarno “Small Man” Tash walked out of the court a free man while Colin “Cocoa” David and Ricardo “Shrek” McFee remained in police custody in connection with other charges.
When the preliminary inquiry began on March 19, David’s lawyer, Grant Connell, had argued unsuccessfully for an adjournment so that the matter could proceed when all witnesses were present.
The lawyer suggested that the virtual complainant, who lives a few hundred yards away from the court, would not turn up for the proceedings.
However Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche told the court that Fraser had not been properly summoned to attend court.
He asked Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias to hear the testimony of the three witnesses – all police officers – who has turned up for the proceedings.
However, after hearing the testimony of two of the officers, the court granted an adjournment until last Tuesday.
Fraser was shot and injured when the occupants of a car opened fire on him on Oct. 14, 2017.
Before the court was adjourned on Tuesday, David would be jailed for five years for possession of a firearm and 36 rounds of ammunition in Kingstown last May.