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Delford Slusher acquitted of murder, again

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Thirty-five year old Delford Slusher, charged with the murder of 35 year old police corporal Victor Lima, was acquitted today by Justice Adolph Lucas in a ruling he delivered in a trial without a jury. Lima was shot twice in his chest on July 23, 2012, when he went to a house in Hattieville in response to a report of a home invasion. He succumbed to his injuries 4 days later. The Crown, represented by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, had relied mainly on the testimonies of two female witnesses who were inside the house at the time. Both witnesses said that although the invader wore shirt over the bridge of his nose and had a cloth on his head and he spoke with a Jamaican accent, they recognized the person as Slusher because of his body structure. But Justice Lucas in his ruling said that the identification evidence was unreliable and that there was no evidence that the witnesses had heard the accused speak with a Jamaican accent before. Slusher had given a statement from the dock in which he said that at the time of the incident he was at home with his step-mother who testified and corroborated his statement. But Justice Lucas said he does not believe Slusher’s alibi statement. But because of the unreliability of the identification evidence, he found Slusher not guilty. Slusher was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvestre. It was not the first time Slusher had beaten a murder charge. In 2009 he was acquitted of the murder of Jose Noe Barrow, who was gunned down in the Conch Shell Bay area in 2004.

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