Man cleared of abetment to murder
A man accused of acting as a lookout for the man who murdered Anthony Mather was yesterday unanimously acquitted of the crime.
This is the second time that a jury has cleared Richard Charlton, 24, of involvement in a murder.
Prosecutors in both cases relied on confessions to link Charlton to the crimes.
In the most recent acquittal before Justice Carolita Bethell, jurors took a little more than an hour to clear Charlton of abetment to murder regarding the January 22, 2017 shooting death of Mather.
In a videotaped confession, Charlton said that Elandro “50” Missick called him from prison and instructed him to be on the lookout for Squid. Missick was killed in a motorbike crash last year.
Charlton said he met with Squid near the Kemp Road Union Baptist Church and devised a plan.
From there, they went to Pyfrom Road, better known as Bar 20 Corner, and took a shortcut that led to Cooper’s Terrace.
Charlton allegedly told the investigator that he took another track road and saw Mather sitting on his porch.
Charlton reportedly told the investigator he heard four gunshots and he ran to a friend’s house.
According to investigating officer, Sergeant Lincoln McKenzie, Squid, otherwise known as Valentino Adderley, remained at large.
However, Charlton’s attorney, Sonia Timothy, asked had McKenzie recalled and suggested to him that Adderley had been in prison months after the murder.
McKenzie said that he was unaware of this.
Charlton did not take the witness stand, but called his employer as an alibi.
Basil Cumberbatch and Denard Brown prosecuted.
A few weeks ago, Charlton was acquitted of the January 11, 2017 murder of Kevin Rolle at his trial before Justice Gregory Hilton.