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Hanif Forbes Joshua Pompey

Accused murder Hanif Forbes, left, and the deceased, Joshua “Cabbage” Pompey. (Facebook photos)

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A Georgetown man, who was acquitted of murder in 2004 after police officers gave conflicting evidence at his trial, was shot and killed in his hometown last Friday, Jan. 21.

Dead is Joshua “Cabbage” Pompey, a 47-year-old truck driver of O’Brien’s Valley, Georgetown, originally of Lowmans Windward.

On Monday, police arrested and charged Hanif Forbes, a 40-year-old mason, of Spring Village, Georgetown with murder and assault.

Forbes is alleged to have murdered Pompey on Jan. 21 by shooting him in the head.

Pompey’s body was found in his vehicle in O’Brien’s Valley with a single gunshot wound to his head.

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Forbes was further charged with assaulting Pompey’s wife, Nakeita Harris-Pompey, a 34-year-old female auxiliary police officer, also of O’Brien’s Valley, Georgetown, by boxing her in her face, causing actual bodily harm

The accused appeared before the Serious Offences Court on Tuesday and was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

His lawyer, Ronald “Ronny” Marks requested a paper committal, which Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne set for Feb. 22, after the prosecutor, Corporal Pierre requested more time, after an earlier date was given.

On June 11, 2004, Pompey was acquitted of the Christmas Eve 2003 death of Wayde Durrant, who was shot and killed in Middle Street, Kingstown.

At the trial before High Court judge Justice Frederick Bruce-Lyle, one police officer told the court that he was 10 feet away and saw Pompey with a gun and a bottle and Durrant had nothing in his hand.

However, the other police officer said he was 25 feet away and saw Durrant with a bottle in his hand and Pompey had a gun.

Defence counsel Nicole Sylvester made a no-case submission, which the court upheld.

And, two weeks later, Pompey was jailed for the same gun he used in the Christmas Eve killing.

He pleaded guilty to the charge that he had in his possession a .25 pistol and five rounds of .25 ammunition without licences.

Pompey was sentenced to eight months in prison for the firearm and three months for the ammunition, with the sentences running concurrently.

Pompey had the firearm and ammunition in his possession shortly after shooting Durrant in the neck.

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8 replies on “Former murder accused shot, killed”

  1. I wanna ask, what does the headline have to do with his death now? Are you trying to say he died the way he lived? He got away from a murder charge but he didn’t escape his death? I pray do tell

  2. googly bowler says:

    What most of these failed cases have in common is sloppy work done by the RSVGPF. When you think it couldn’t get worse, they take the cake, again. If you look at the Police, you will see a lot of healthy young men and women, but in practice, they fall short. One explanation may be the sloppy leadership and policymakers being severely stupid in practical police work and, the Judges don’t seem to have a mind of their own.

  3. The chickens have come home to roost and is sitting in his tomb awaiting go be eaten. Karma is a heluva thing.

  4. What does one have to do with the other? This news company is a disgrace. This caption is for people to pass hateful remarks on the deceased.

  5. There is an old adage, you live by the sword , you die by the sword. What goes around comes around. Karma is a fair judge and you are known by your company.

  6. I read a lot of crap that goes on in saint Vincent. Some of the lawyers and barristers they have down there are really not there yet. They don’t know their rear end to their front. They need to go back a few more years for training in the right direction.

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