Two stabbing victims have failed to provide sick certificates to explain their non-appearance at their alleged attacker’s trial.
Constable Vernon Varence is charged with causing grievous harm to Nolin Flowers and causing harm to Kashif Satchell on September 5, 2020. The charges stem from an incident at a bar on Andros Avenue in which both men were stabbed about the body.
Neither Flowers nor Satchell showed up to testify against Varence on Tuesday after they claimed they were suffering from food poisoning.
Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Prat directed the prosecutor, T’shura Ambrose, to get a copy of the sick certificates.
Yesterday, Ambrose said the men had promised to send their sick slips to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), but they had failed to follow through.
Ambrose showed the court copies of WhatsApp messages between the key prosecution witness and played a voice note from Satchell.
In the recording, Satchell said he would send his sick certificate with his wife.
According to Ambrose, since then, both men have been ignoring her calls and messages.
Ambrose said that the DPP had instructed her to request an adjournment.
Ferguson-Pratt adjourned the matter to Friday at 2:30 p.m. for the production of the sick slips. She said she would issue arrest warrants for them, if the witnesses did not appear or proof of their illness was not to the court.
Defense lawyer Keith Bell once again renewed his call for the court to discharge Varence, who is currently suspended and on half-pay.
However, the court did not grant the request.
Kendall Carroll III appeared along with Ambrose.