A Stabroek Market vendor today got a $1.4M robbery matter against him dismissed by a city magistrate on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Leonard Farley, 32, of Lot 3 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, was on trial before Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It was alleged that on September 29, 2018 at the Black and White Bridge, Tucville, East La Penitence, while armed with a knife, he robbed Wayne Bratt of four gold chains, eight gold rings, and one gold band all to the value of $1,469,000. The items were the property of Bratt.
Farley had pleaded not guilty to the charge on his first court appearance before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.
This afternoon when the matter was called, Magistrate Bess ruled that after going through the entirety of the evidence the court is of the opinion that the prosecutor led insufficient evidence throughout the trial. Hence, he dismissed the matter against Farley.
Throughout the trial, Farley was represented by attorney-at-law George Thomas.
According to prosecutor, on the day in question, the victim was heading home when he was confronted by Farley who relieved him of the articles mentioned in the charge and made good his escape.
The matter was then reported, an investigation was carried out, and Farley was later arrested and charged for the offence.