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Supreme Court dismisses attempted murder charges

The Supreme Court today dismissed charges against a 25-year-old accused of attempted murder.

Royunde Stevens-Cyrus had been accused of shooting Jahrockia Smith-Hassell on the night of March 25, 2011.

The teenager was shot three times as he socialised with friends near his Rambling Lane, Pembroke home.

Mr Stevens-Cyrus denied attempting to murder Mr Smith-Hassell and that he used a firearm in an indictable offence.

This morning, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled that there were conflicts between Mr Smith-Hassell's evidence and the evidence given by other witnesses, as well as internal conflicts and signs of hearsay in his own evidence.

The shooting victim was the prosecution's primary witness in their case.

Justice Simmons also pointed out the lack of forensic evidence tying Mr Stevens-Cyrus to the shooting. Nothing links the defendant to shell casings or the bullet retrieved from the site of the shooting, and no evidence such as gunshot residue was put before the court linking Mr Stevens-Cyrus to the firing of a gun.

She added: "The Crown has led some evidence of the defendant's relationship to the Parkside gang. The gang expert has given his formula for reaching the conclusion that the defendant is a Parkside gang member. Nonetheless, membership in a gang is not evidence of guilt of the crime charged. In this case, the Crown called the expert witness [Sgt Alex Rollin] so that the prosecution could underpin motive for the shooting of the complainant. Motive is not proof that the defendant committed the crime."

Empress Shirley Stevens reacts outside Supreme Court to the news that the case against her Nephew, Royunde Stevens-Cyrus had been dropped Photo Make Tatem

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Published November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm (Updated November 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm)

Supreme Court dismisses attempted murder charges

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