Mark Greaves, who was on trial for Owen Fredericks’ December 25, 2015 murder, will spend his holiday weekend as a free man following the court’s determination that there insufficient evidence to proceed with the matter. This decision was handed down by Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court in Georgetown on Thursday after Graves’ Attorney, George Thomas, presented a no-case submission in the absence of the 12-member jury, as is customary.Mark Greaves became a free man after two days of trialJust after lunch, the jury was recalled and the Judge informed the panel of the prosecution’s insufficient evidence. As such, he ordered Justice Singh to return a formal not guilty verdict. Thereafter, Singh told the former accused that he was free to go and Greaves, all smiles, departed the court and walked to freedom.The prosecution had contended that Fredericks was murdered at James Street Albouystown, Georgetown and Government Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Brijmohan had given his cause of death as shock and haemorrhage via a cut to the artery from stab wound. The jury was told that Fredericks would have suffered “extensive” blood loss. When State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs presented the opening address on Wednesday, she indicated that the deceased did odd jobs and noted that the Fredericks and Greaves had a verbal exchange which, according to her, led to the stabbing. Gibbs had also told the jury that the deceased died as a result of injuries. It was reported that Fredericks was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.A medical report was tendered into evidence on Wednesday after the Judge overruled the prosecution’s objection which contended that the exhibit did not form part of its case. It was under cross-examination by the defendant’s lawyer that former Police Constable Xavier Vasconselos indicated from the report that the deceased was stabbed to the chest.Prosecutor Shawnette Austin also appeared for the State, while Attorney Nekeisha Persaud assisted Defence Counsel Thomas.Greaves is the second murder-accused in just weeks to have been freed by a Judge’s determination as opposed to the matter being handed to the jury. On February 8, Edward “Pretty Boy” Skeete and Nabadingi Gobin, called “Dangles”, were freed of Ryan Clementson’s murder at the Turning Point Tucville Snackette murder by Justice Navindra Singh on the contention that there was insufficient evidence to continue with trial. This came after no-case submissions were made and upheld. In this case, it was however reported that the Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed the acquittal on grounds that the dying declaration should have been admitted into evidence. The duo’s lawyers were Nigel Hughes and Mark Waldron. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Rohit Sharma after Mumbai Indians won a thriller in the IPL 2019 final against Chennai Super Kings to win a record 4th IPL title in Hyderabad on Sunday. CSK needed 9 off the final over but Malinga bowled a brilliant over to win it for his team by 1 run.Lasith Malinga had conceded 20 runs in his previous over and it took a lot of courage from Rohit Sharma to go back to the bowler when only 9 were needed for CSK to win the title with a well-settled Shane Watson at the crease. However, Malinga responded to his captain’s call like he has for years and built up a lot of pressure – Watson was run out and Malinga trapped Shardul Thakur lbw to seal the deal for Mumbai Indians.Rohit Sharma, who became the only man to win 5 IPL titles (once with Deccan Chargers, 4 times with Mumbai Indians), said it was a no-brainer. Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League but he has been a little expensive this season.”About Malinga, that’s what champions do. I had confidence in him despite a poor third over. He also had confidence he could do it. I thought we could use Hardik for the 20th, but wanted to back someone who has done it for us. Malinga has done it many times in the past, so not a very difficult decision,” Rohit told the host broadcaster moments before he lifted the IPL trophy.Meanwhile, MI coach Mahela Jayawardene praised Rohit Sharma for his tactical brilliance on the field. MI almost had the game in the bag when MS Dhoni was run out before Shane Watson brought CSK back with a few lusty blows. But Rohit kept his calm and used his resources brilliantly to help MI win a record IPL title.advertisement”Thought we had the game when MS got out, but then Watto started hitting. Some great decisions by Rohit, going back to experienced bowlers at the death. This is why we wanted to defend,” Jayawardene told the broadcaster.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019 awards: Who won what after Mumbai Indians clinch 4th title
There are currently no suspects after three children’s hospitals, including Alberta Children’s in Calgary, received phone calls that someone had guns and was going to go inside the facilities.Calgary police received a call around 8:20 p.m. Sunday and the lockdown lasted until about 9:45 p.m. after a significant police response, along with similar incidents at SickKids in Toronto and Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.“Our investigators are liaising with their investigators to take a look into this incident,” CPS Insp. Paul Wozney said, adding he couldn’t say if the call came from Canada or the United States as the Cyber Crimes Unit investigates.Wozney said it isn’t unusual for multiple targets to be part of ‘swatting’ incidents, in which someone makes a fake call about a dangerous situation that draws a large police presence.As for what motivates people to make the bogus calls, Wozney said it’s baffling.“I don’t know,” he said. “The Internet can be, certainly a great tool, but it can also be a very dark place as well too, and some very dark people are able to troll their way through the Internet and cause problems.”Along with the significant response, a CPS cruiser stayed on-site throughout the early morning as a precaution and Wozney referenced the recent school shooting in Florida as one reason why these calls have to be taken seriously.Sometimes swatting calls can become dangerous, even when there is no threat.Late last year, Wichita Police responded to a home in what turned out to be swatting situation, in which a man in the home was killed by a police officer.A California man was arrested in connection with the call, and Wozney said that suspect had made a swatting call in Calgary.“We have warrants for that person,” he said.