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Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:00

On Friday, October 5th, 32-year-old Ealsine Gentle, who was on trial for the September 13th, 2008 stabbing death of Orlando Myers, walked out of Supreme Court a free man.

A jury of 12 stepped into the deliberating room at 2:38 p.m. and when they emerged from the deliberating room 6 hours later, they found Gentle not guilty of murder.

The case was heard before Justice Dennis S. Hanomansingh where Gentle had been accused of stabbing Orlando Myers, 3 times during a misunderstanding on a basketball court in the Village of Georgeville.

According to the prosecution, Gentle had an altercation with a few boys on the basketball court during which he pulled out an 11-inch knife and stabbed Myers three times to the body. According to the crown’s main witness, who was a good friend of the deceased, he was the intended victim of the knife attack however, Myers intervened and was stabbed instead.

Myers was rushed to the San Ignacio hospital that night and later died at about 2:20 a.m.

Gentle had given police a caution statement in which he said that it was in an effort to defend himself that he took the knife away from Myers and ended up stabbing him.

In his defense, Gentle told the court in a sworn testimony that, contrary to his caution statement he gave police back in 2008, that he didn’t take away the knife from Myers and that he does not know how Myers got stabbed because he was kneeling down and Myers was standing over him stabbing him.

Prosecutor in the case was Kaysia Grant while Gentle was represented by attorney, Rachel Montejo.