Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne, on Monday, urged two men against whom a murder charge was withdrawn to take stock of their lives.
Lebert King, 26, of Choppins and Rocaldo McMaster, 27, of Harmony Hall, were facing a preliminary inquiry in the July 2020 murder of Grenadian Dwane Seaton in the Baleine Mountain.
When the matter was called, prosecutor Sergeant of Police Renrick Cato told the court that counsel Israel Bruce was representing the accused men, who are both farmers.
The prosecutor said that he had spoken to Bruce that morning and he had indicated that he was leaving the country that day and would be out of state for a month.
Cato asked the court to have the matter stood down so he could take instruction from his superiors.
When the matter was recalled, Cato made an application under Section 68 of the criminal court that the matter be withdrawn.
Section 68 of the Criminal Code gives a prosecutor, acting on behalf of the director of public prosecution, the power to withdraw any matter at any stage of the proceedings.
On hearing the prosecutor’s submission, the chief magistrate told the men that the matter against them was withdrawn.
Browne, however, told them that the last time they were before her court she had indicated “some things … based on my observation of your behaviour just being over there” – a reference to the prisoners’ seating area.
“And that behaviour says a lot. This trial was not completed but I warned you and cautioned you based on what I saw. It didn’t reflect a good attitude,” the chief magistrate said, pointing out that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty.
“You are young, from Choppins and Harmony Hall but because you found yourselves in Baleine Mountain, way from where you are from, you were brought up on a charge.
“Take stock of your lives. Free to go,” the chief magistrate said.
The men are alleged to have brought the bullet-riddled body of Seaton from Baleine Mountain to Baleine Bay where police met it on July 8, 2020.
Seaton, a 40-year-old farmer of Grenada, and Edinboro and Owia in St. Vincent, was killed at Baleine Mountain between July 6 and 9, 2020, police say.
Detective Corporal Dwight James of the Major Crime Unit is leading the investigation.