Saturday 9th December, 1995

A MAN accused of murder was yesterday freed by Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in the Port-of- Spain First Magistrate’s Court.

  Martin Stephen, 28, of Waterhole, Cocorite had the charge of murder dismissed after his attorney, Martin George, made a no-case submission.

  Stephen was accused of killing 29-year-old Clifford Japal during a scuffle at Waterhole, Cocorite on the morning of January 3, 1990.

  State attorneys Melvin Daniel and Calliste Narinesingh called nine witnesses in the inquiry, including the complainant, Insp Leon Anthony.

  However, attorney George contended that the evidence before the court was unsatisfactory and unsafe to put before a jury. Magistrate Forde-John upheld the submission, dismissed the matter and freed Stephen. The inquiry lasted exactly seven months.


Taken from Trinidad & Tobago’s Newsday