Sunday, December 17, 2017

Diego father walks free from murder charge

A HIGH COURT jury yesterday found a 25-year-old Diego Martin man not guilty of stabbing a homeless man to death during an altercation in 2007.

Mikhail Thompson walked out of the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain a free man after the 12-member jury returned with the not guilty verdict.

Thompson, the father of a six-year-old boy, of Sierra Leone Road, was charged with murdering Joel Clarke, 40, on December 3, 2007.

During the course of the trial before Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor, defence attorney Wayne Sturge argued that his client was the victim of mistaken identity.

The attorney submitted that Thompson was framed by the two alleged eyewitnesses, both of whom confessed to being drug addicts, with one having a history of mental illness.

The jury deliberated for just under one hour before returning with the verdict. State attorney Rehanna Ali prosecuted the matter.