Charges dropped for alleged threats to MP

Prosecutors have dropped proceedings against a man accused of threatening to kill someone in a message to a government MP.

The news came after Perry Smith was earlier charged in a case that related to Michael Scott, the elected member for Sandys North.

But Larry Mussenden, the Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions, said last month: “A nolle prosequi was entered in this matter meaning that the Crown will not proceed with a prosecution at this time.”

Mr Smith was charged on indictment and his case was called in the Supreme Court in March.

He was accused then of causing Mr Scott to receive a written threat towards “a person” on or around August 10 last year and pleaded not guilty.

Mr Smith, 56, also denied being in possession of a knife sharpener on September 8, 2018.

Mr Mussenden confirmed last week: “The nolle prosequi applies to both counts on the indictment.”

Mr Smith appeared in Magistrates’ Court in connection with the alleged offences last September and was charged with two counts of making written threats to kill Mr Scott on or around August 10 and 19.

He was charged with possession of a knife in the parish on September 8 and with stalking Mr Scott between August 10 and September 8.

But only the two modified charges were on the Supreme Court indictment.

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