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Sheldon Bain freed of two murder charges

Sheldon Bain freed of two murder charges

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Convicted murderer Sheldon ‘Dutch’ Bain has been freed of two murder charges here.{{more}}

On October 22, 2015, at the High Court’s Criminal Assizes, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Colin Williams discontinued the two charges against the man, who had also been freed of another murder charge earlier this year.

Bain, a Grenadian, came to St Vincent and the Grenadines after escaping from the Richmond Hill prison in Grenada in 2004, while awaiting sentencing for the murder of Omelia Roberts, a Vincentian national who was living in Grenada at the time.

Last week Thursday, Bain was freed of the August 2004 murder of Livingston Primus at Sion Hill and the double murders of Rose Claire Dupont Williams and Jeffrey “Lancy” Williams of Redemption Sharpes in December that same year.

When contacted on Wednesday, the DPP offered no explanation as to why the charges against Bain were dropped, but said he would issue a release on the matters in due course.

Earlier this year, the prosecution withdrew the November 2004 charge of murder against the Grenadian in the death of taxi operator Peter ‘Kazaman’ Joseph.

Bain was jointly charged with Webster Woodley in that matter. Woodley, for the second time in seven years, was convicted for Joseph’s murder on March 2, 2015. Joseph, the victim of a robbery, was shot and killed on November 29, 2004, at Cane Hall.

Woodley and then accused Bain were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in jail on February 26, 2010 on that matter, but their conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal on November 23, 2011, after the court upheld submissions by their then attorney, Kay Bacchus-Browne, that the evidence led in the case was prejudicial.

A retrial was ordered.

At press time, SEARCHLIGHT was unable to ascertain if Bain had been returned to Grenada to be sentenced for the murder he was convicted of commiting there.(KW)

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