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July 17, 2014
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Man freed of gun charges
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A man who was charged with firing a gun at a man in November last year was freed yesterday in the Gun Court, after the complainant failed to convince the judge that it was the accused whom he saw with the gun on the day in question.

Freed of charges of illegal possession of firearm and assault at common-law is Wayne Nelson of Mount Horeb, St Andrew.

During the trial, the complainant could not adequately identify the person with whom he struggled on the day in question, as he admitted the man's head was down during the tussle

The accused who was represented by attorney-at-law Vincent Wellessley was then freed by the court, after it was revealed that the complainant's evidence failed to convince the trial judge that Nelson was the person who attacked him the day of the incident.

Allegations are that on January 9, 2013, the complainant was walking along the Mount Horeb main road in St Andrew.

He reportedly heard an explosion and then saw Nelson coming from bushes nearby with what appears to be a gun in his hand.

When he got closer he realised it was a gun the accused had and that he squeezed the trigger repeatedly but it did not fire

He said that a struggle started between them for the gun and then another man was observed coming towards him with a knife

The complainant reportedly ran away from the scene and reported the matter and following an investigation, Nelson was subsequently charged on November 15. He remained until he was freed.

Presiding judge was Justice Courtney Day.

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