AARON HUMES Reporting: Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas has released 20 year old Corwin Bennett from a charge of murder, after ruling that his guilt had not been proven by the Crown beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bennett was tried for the murder of Raymond “Killa” Gentle, 34, in January of 2011.
Gentle, a reformed gang boss, was ruthlessly gunned down while at a work site in the Kraal Road area. Bennett first told officers that he was in fact the shooter but he later claimed that he did not personally pull the trigger, but that he was in the area to scout for the real trigger man and identify Gentle to him.
Justice Lucas said that he believed that the statements were not induced by the police, and that Bennett gave them of his own free will.
However, he ruled that the Crown did not sufficiently prove that their contents were true.
Elvis Bevans, a brother of Gentle, despite witnessing the shooting and identifying Bennett at a formal police identification parade, could not do so in court.
Bennett was represented by Baja Shoman and Michelle Trapp-Zuniga, and denied committing the killing, saying he was elsewhere working at the time.
He claimed he had been coerced by the head of the George Street Gang and separately by some of his associates to claim responsibility for Gentle’s death and threatened with death for himself and his family if he did not.
The Crown was represented by Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine.
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