Young Man Regains Freedom After No Case Submission in High Court

Albert Stevens Junior

One man breathed a deep sigh of relief when the verdict came back as “not guilty” in a high court case matter on Wednesday December 5th, 2012.

Albert Stevens Junior, who was slapped with the charge of wounding with intent of Mandela Andrew, left the High Court of Justice a free man after the 5 man and 5 woman jury read the verdict.

The defendant was slapped with the charges following an incident which occurred on December 26th, 2008 in Goodwill.

During the trial Mr. Andrews told the court that on the day in question he drove his car to Bowers Lane Goodwill to see a mechanic.

However in driving his vehicle out of Bowers Lane he noticed Albert Stevens Junior, Kesler Alcendor, and Kevin Richards who had a silver pellet gun in his hand.

He added while driving at about 5 kilometers per hour he heard bullets from the pellet gun hit his vehicle, and one struck him on the right side of his neck.

He got so angry that he brought his vehicle to a sudden stop, got out, went to the men, including Mr. Stevens Junior and said to them, “one day someone will kill them if they do not stop that nonsense.”

He noted that Mr. Richards looked at him and shot him in the chest with the pellet gun, so after being shot he brushed Mr. Alcendor with the pellet gun.

Mandela Andrew

Mr. Andrew then said he heard Mr. Stevens Junior say, “you think you can take man as your little boy”, and felt a blow to the left area of his neck and began to feel dizzy.

He added that he was then punched and jabbed by Stevens and also felt punches from all angles, then felt a pull by his vest and a sharp pain in his chest, and when he looked down he saw a redish/brownish handle knife stuck in his chest.

The victim stated he then went to his vehicle and proceeded to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

As he came close to the Pentecostal Church, he fell unconscious and that is where the ambulance was called and transported him to the PMH.

However High Court Judge Justice Bernie Stevenson-Brookes filed a no case submission in the case, stating there was not enough evidence to find Mr. Stevens Junior guilty.

Justice Brookes advised Mr. Stevens Junior that he should try his best not to get caught up in such an issue again.

She also urged him to walk the straight and narrow path as she does not wish to see him in court again.

Both Mr. Mandela and Mr. Stevens Junior denied commenting on the verdict.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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