Renan Briceno Jr. walks from Murder charge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

The murder trial against Smart Marketing Director and Promoter, Renan Briceno Jr., 35, ended on Wednesday July 16 in the Courtroom of Justice Troadio “John” Gonzalez. The case was one of trial by judge without a jury.

Prosecution, Shanice Lovelle and Porsha Staine of the DPP’s office called 16 witnesses, but their main witness is now deceased. Albert Fuentes aka “Long John” an associate of the George Street area was one of four men killed in January 2013 inside their apartment, their throats were cut, making it impossible for him to appear to testify in the trial against Briceno Jr. Back in 2011 Fuentes told police that Briceno had shot and killed his friend, Dale Tillett.

With that sole witness being unable to testify for the crown, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Justice Troadio Gonzalez did a skeleton sum-up of the case where he rejected the series of events claimed by the main witness’ statement. He also accepted the testimony of Briceno Jr., who he described as being credible and one that could not be shaken even after cross examination by the prosecution.

With that, he told Briceno Jr., he was found not guilty of murder and that he was free to go.

With that, Briceno Jr., who throughout his entire trial was given special treatment was taken into the jury room where he was later walked out the front door of the court and whisked off through the back stair way and pushed quickly into an awaiting vehicle where he disappeared.

In the trial, the prosecution’s evidence was that on December 31, 2011, after 8:00 p.m., whilst leaving the Palm Island night Club, Dale Tillett received gunshot injuries to his head and body which was caused allegedly by the accused, Renan Briceno.

According to the crown, at the time of the incident, the accused was wearing a burgundy shirt with white markings on the front and that he was pointed out to police by the crown’s main witness, Albert Fuentes, aka “Long John” who is now deceased, when Briceno attempted to leave the scene of the murder.

The prosecution alleged that a smoking gun was found on Briceno by Constable James Jones.

The main witness’ statement to police back in 2011 was that, on the night of the incident, he and Dale Tillett, the deceased, went to the club. He said he came outside and when he was waiting for Tillett to come out behind him, that’s when he saw Tillett falling down and he would later see Briceno standing over him and fire a shot.”

In a dock statement, Briceno stated that he and Julio Caceres, (now deceased also), went to Palm Island to promote Smart because at the time, he was in charge of marketing and promoting for Smart.  He said he had his licensed 9 mm pistol with him, but he never took it into the club with him.  He said he left it with his friend Julio Caceres and when he was coming out of the club, and was heading towards Caceres a fight broke out and Albert Fuentes, aka Long John, hit him in his head and he fell to the ground.  According to Briceno he became dizzy for about 30 seconds and then he heard gunshots and Caceres began to run and that’s when he decided to take cover behind a vehicle.  He then went to Caceres who gave him back his gun and then that’s when a police came and took away his gun from him.