Norman Slusher is acquitted of 5 year old murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

In May 2012, two gunmen stormed onto the premises of Dale’s Barber Shop located on West Canal and Bishop Street. Their target was well-known businessman, Jose Shoman Jr., whose life had been threatened before. While receiving a lineup, one of the gunmen entered the barber shop and fired a barrage of bullets while an armed accomplice waited outside. While Shoman Jr. was only injured, Jason Canto, a bystander and Shoman’s friend, was shot as many as eight times and perished on the scene.

The prosecution’s case, represented by Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett, relied on an eyewitness testimony from the barber who escaped unhurt but unfortunately, that witness has since died. Since this incident, the police investigation has only lead to the arrest of the then 23-year-old Norman Edmund Slusher. Slusher, who received injuries himself after Shoman shot after him, and was found in an abandoned house on Bishop Street. He was shot to the midsection and leg before allegedly giving police an oral caution statement which would implicate his accomplice. Unfortunately for the prosecution, that statement would have no weight in court and that man was never arrested or charged.

The murder trial against Slusher started on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, almost six years later, and has ended with an acquittal on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. In the trial without jury, Slusher appeared before Judge Adolph Lucas in the Supreme Court where none of the victim’s family appeared in court. Having heard the submissions made, Judge Lucas was of the belief that there was no proof of unlawful harm. As a result, the judge found Slusher not guilty of the charge. After being on remand for 5 years and 9 months, Slusher is now a free man.