Charges of rape, kidnapping, buggery against Primus withdrawn
The charges of kidnapping, rape and buggery which had been laid against Veron Primus have been withdrawn.
The prosecution withdrew the charges against Primus in September 2017 after the alleged victim in the case, Mewanah Hadaway did not offer any evidence.
Primus had been charged with two counts of rape, two counts of buggery and one count of kidnapping.
It was previously alleged that Hadaway was held captive between January 1 and April 15, 2016, in a house in Vermont, where Primus (her ex-boyfriend) lived with his elderly aunt. She was also alleged to have been sexually assaulted repeatedly during this time.
Hadaway’s rescue was said to have come when she secretly placed a note in a container with some insulin medicine, which was found by a woman who had come to administer these shots to the aunt. After this the police were called.
In the investigations following the kidnapping case, the police unearthed new evidence said to link Primus to the death of real estate agent Sharleen Greaves, who was stabbed to death in her Bijou real estate agency at Arnos Vale. Her vehicle, a Suzuki Escudo, was found abandoned in the Wilson Hill area. Therefore, Primus was also charged with, on November 13, 2015 in Arnos Vale, causing the death of Greaves.
He has been indicted for this offence at the High Court, pleaded not guilty, and is awaiting trial.
Following the investigations stemming from the Hadaway case, Primus was also indicted for the 2006 murder of Brooklyn resident Chanel Petro-Nixon, who was 16 years old when she was strangled to death.
Jomo Thomas who is representing Primus in the Sharleen Greaves murder case said on Thursday that there is a dangerous precedent being set here where the moment someone is accused of a crime there is a rush to judgement where people are immediately assumed to be guilty or are found to be guilty in the court of public opinion.
Thomas said when accused of a crime, a person is entitled to the assumption of innocence and the population should practice restraint and allow the law to take its course.
He added also that persons must be reluctant to jump into judgement especially on an emotive matter.