Acquittal in Attempted Murder Case Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:00

Tarique CadleA nine-member jury initially could not decide the fate of 23-year-old Tarique Cadle, a Belize City man, who was accused of the attempted murder of 52-year-old Guyanese national, Lyndon Jeffery, which had occurred on August 23, 2009.

On Tuesday, June 12th, when the jury first emerged from the deliberating room  after less than 4 hours of deliberations, they were deadlocked on a verdict. However, because the decision was not unanimous and they had not spent the required time of four hours, they were instructed to return to the deliberating room to reach a verdict. Within less than an hour, they made up their minds and announced that Cadle was not guilty of the crime of attempted murder.

The shooting victim, 52-year-old Lyndon Jeffery, a Guyanese who was living in Belize up until May 2011, had returned to his home country and was unable to show up in court to testify against Cadle. However, the prosecutor in the case, Meagan Francis, was able to get Jeffery’s testimony admitted into evidence.

In 2009, Jeffery told police that on August 23, he was riding his bicycle home after leaving a friend's house when he was chased by two men on separate bicycles. The men caught up with him at the corner of Neal’s Pen and Kraal Roads. According to Jeffery’s testimony, he was able to identify one of the men by the nickname “Paulie”. Jeffrey told police that the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at him and said, “Don’t say a word or I will shoot yuh in your face.” Nonetheless, the man fired a shot at him as he fell to the ground, the man continued to fire shots at him.

A special constable, Santos Carbajal, who witnessed the shooting took the stand and testified that on that day, he was at a shop located at the intersection of Neal’s Pen and Kraal Roads when he heard two loud bangs and said that he was only feet away when he saw the defendant standing over Jeffery shooting at him. The gunman then rode past him and that’s when he saw Jeffery jump up and ran and said to him, “Paulie just shot meh.”

In his defense, Cadle said, that he was innocent of the charge and that the victim was not even present in court to testify against him about his injuries.

He asked the jury to not believe the statement as it was bogus and so was the identification parade in which police say Lyndon Jeffery positively identified him as the man who shot him.
The other person was never arrested and charged for Jeffery’s attempted murder.

The case was prosecuted by Megan Francis, who was assisted by Trienna Young, Senior Crown Counsel for the DPP.  In the trial, Cadle was unrepresented.