After being on remand for almost three years, 23-year-old Frank Alexander Young of Lords Bank village, who was charged with the murder of 19-year-old David Andrews, is now a free man. The trial was heard before Justice Colin Williams.
After being on remand for almost three years, 23-year-old Frank Alexander Young of Lords Bank village, who was charged with the murder of 19-year-old David Andrews, is now a free man. The trial was heard before Justice Colin Williams. Young was represented by Oscar Selgado while Portia Staine-Ferguson represented the crown. WPC S. Hyde was the key witness for the crown. Hyde claimed that on the night of December 23, 2016, she witnessed the accused jumping off a motorcycle and proceeded to where the deceased, Andrews, and a friend were sitting on a veranda on Seagull Street in Belize City. Furthermore, she saw the accused from the right side of his body firing about five shots at Andrews. Hyde later viewed photographs in a rogue gallery and recognized the accused in one of the pictures. She forwarded the name of the accused to the investigating officer. Thereafter, an identification parade was conducted whereby Hyde was able to point out the accused. However, Justice Williams held that the identification parade was inadmissible on three grounds. Firstly, Hyde did not give a written statement of the incident prior to conducting the identification parade. Secondly, when she viewed the rogue gallery it was in contravention to the common law since she did not view a minimum of twelve photographs, but only viewed eight. Thirdly, she did not view the photograph under any supervision as is required, but she went into the rogue gallery and saw them on her own. Consequently, Justice Williams held that the identification process did not meet the requirements as laid down in the case of the Queen against Sternbull. Furthermore, Williams stated that it would have been unsafe and improper to convict Young on the charge of murder. As a result, Young was acquitted.