Rooksie walks as DPP abandons murder charge

July 04, 2016
Paula Llewellyn

The inability of the police to locate a critical witness in a murder case brought against alleged gang leader Rooksie led to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) conditionally withdrawing the charge against him.

'Rooksie', who has been described by police investigators as the leader of the Discipline Gang, was originally charged with three murders arising from separate incidents. 

Rooksie, whose given name is Uriel James, and Roshane Bygrave were set to go on trial today for murder arising from the death of James Anderson in June 2011.

A jury has already acquitted him of one of those murders.

When James and Bygrave appeared before the Home Circuit Court today,  Llewelyn indicated in the Home Circuit Court that her office was entering a Nolle Prosequi.




Defence attorney Jacquline Samuels-Brown, in her response, commended Llewellyn's decision. However, she questioned whether the charge should not have been dismissed outright.





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