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Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Kareem Francis, a 28-year-old known criminal, walked away from a charge of murder when he appeared before Justice Colin Williams in the Supreme Court on Thursday, April 19, 2018. At the age of 21, Francis was charged for the April 2, 2011 shooting murder of Fei Lan Wu, a Chinese shopkeeper who was one of two Chinese nationals gunned down.

The prosecutor in the case, Kileru Awich, was forced to enter a nolle prosequi in the case against Francis. After several attempts were made to locate the main witness in the case turned futile, the prosecution had no other choice. With that, he walked away after more than seven years on remand.

Back in April 2011, Francis was one of two men who the crown’s main witness, a Belizean domestic of the Faber’s Road area, had fingered as the shooter in the murder of Wu. In 2011, the witness told police that she was at home when she first saw a male person walk towards the shop. The young man was acting suspicious and was seen combing the area when he called out for another person. It was then that he left the scene and a second male came, wielding a gun in his hand. He then shot Wu, killing her.

The gunman, later identified by the witness as Kareem Francis, made good his escape. Francis was picked up that same day and detained for Wu’s murder.