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April 19, 2013
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Colin Mann freed of charges

Colin Mann, said to be a former lieutenant of crime boss Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was yesterday freed of charges that he fired on the Denham Town Police Station during the 2010 Tivoli incursion.

Mann, otherwise called Gummy Bear, was freed in the Gun Court following a no case submission by defence attorneys Tom and Christian Tavares-Finson. The attorneys argued that there were too many inconsistencies in the Crown's case.

The Crown had built its case on the testimony of two policemen.

Under cross examination, one policeman said he saw Mann at the back of the building on the day of the attack. The other said he saw the accused to the side of the building with armed thugs.

The policemen also testified that they identified Mann from 60 feet.

But the attorneys argued that given the fact that the station was under attack it would have been difficult for the witnesses to identify their client.

Justice Majorie Cole-Smith said it would be unsafe to continue the case based on the discrepancies.

Mann was then freed.

Meanwhile, Mann has a murder case pending in the Home Circuit Court. He is accused of the murder of a man whose body was found in a shallow grave in Tivoli Gardens, west Kingston, during the incursion.

He is now in the process of taking up a bail offer in relation to the murder case.

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