For more than five years, Charles Smith faced allegations he had stolen a firearm and ammunition from the car of a police officer.
However, that all came to a close on Monday as the Waterhole, Cocorite, resident walked out of the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court a free man after the matter against him was dismissed.
Magistrate Melvin Daniel dismissed the charges against Smith after previously hearing his testimony and determining, based on the totality of the evidence brought before the court, the man did not have a case to answer.
Smith was represented by attorney Jehan A Mohammed.
The complainant in the matter was Sgt Raymond Thomas.
The State had alleged that on February 14, 2009, Smith broke into the vehicle of a police officer attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and stole a police-issued firearm, a quantity of ammunition and other items.
The police officer’s vehicle was parked outside MovieTowne at Invaders Bay and the firearm and ammunition were kept in the car.
When the officer returned to his vehicle later that day, the registered items were missing.
Investigations were conducted and Smith was arrested on March 3, 2009.