CALL FOR DISMISSAL The fate of West Indies cricketer Andr Russell could be decided in the next two to three weeks following final submissions from Russell’s and JADCO’s representative in the allrounder’s whereabouts hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday. The three-member panel consisting of chairman Hugh Faulkner, Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixieth Palmer heard lengthy final arguments, especially from JADCO lawyer Lackston Robinson, whose presentation lasted nearly four hours. The submission from Russell’s representative, Patrick Foster, lasted more than two hours. In his submission, Foster called for the case to be dismissed. If he is found to be negligent, then he recommended that the cricketer not receive more than a 12-month ban. “The onus is on the complainant to prove the filing failures to the panel. When giving more than one filing failure in a quarter, you need to be clear. It was a recipe for confusion,” he argued. He added: “Because Russell was unfamiliar with the (filing) process, he cannot be considered to be negligent.” Robinson pointed out that JADCO went over and beyond in trying to assist Russell to file his whereabouts information but claimed that the athlete was just “grossly negligent” and insisted that a one-year sanction was not permissible. “The role of the athlete is to comply with the rules. It is his responsibility to comply with JADCO and international standards, so it was for him to avail himself. It is his duty,” Robinson argued. He also noted that JADCO was within its rights to record a second filing failure against the cricketer in the July to September quarter and insisted that Russell received more than adequate notification and more than one extension on his deadline but made no effort to provide the information required by the anti-doping organisation. Russell faces a ban of up to two years if he is found guilty of the allegations.
The two men who were accused of killing a Crabwood Creek carpenter were set free on Thursday.Magistrate Rhondel Weever upheld a no-case submission made by Attorney Mursaline Bacchus who represented the two accused; Satrohan Madray and Antonio Singh Balrup.Asif Hamid, the murdered carpenter’s son, is currently incarcerated forAntonio Singh Balrupa previous murder. He is accused of conspiracy.Saeed Hamid at Bennett Dam, D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice, had disappeared after leaving his home on April 19, 2018. Detectives arrested Madray and Balrup after allegedly receiving information that implicated them.While in custody, they reportedly confessed to bludgeoning Hamid to the head andthen burning his body behind the home and temple of Madray at D’Edward village.Madray reportedly told the Police that he conspired with Asif Hamid, his close friend, to murder the vendor to prevent him from providing evidence against his son in his upcoming High Court trial.Bacchus, in his submission, stated that a prima facie case has not been made out against the two accused and they should both be discharged. “No person can be sent to trial at a Preliminary Inquiry unless a prima facie case is made out. In fact, it is the duty of a committing Magistrate to ensure that no one be sent to trial unless a case is made out.”Bacchus argued that there is no evidence that Balrup heard what Madray was saying in the video that was taken at the murder scene. He further argued that there was no confrontation between Madray and Balrup but yet, the prosecution’sSatrohan Madraycase stated that Madray’s had given a statement that implicated Balrup.“Apart from all the above, which, I submit, is sufficient for the discharge of both accused, there is no evidence that the person whom the accused person are charged with murdering, died from any injuries inflicted by any of the accused or by them both,” Bacchus said.The no-case submission was up held and they were set free. The case was prosecuted by Corporal Raquel Mars.The two men, who were arrested back in April during the initial stages of the investigation, were re-arrested in June but after intense interrogation, they allegedly led investigators to the burnt remains suspected to be that of the 65-year-old man.This is the second murder the duo was accused of committing and have been freed.