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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Jumana Walters, convicted of two counts of kidnapping in 2013, walked out of court a free man on Friday (June 16) after the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction.

Walters was convicted with co-defendants Clayton “Yellowman” Laws, Ali Percival, and Jermaine Riley, for the October 2011 kidnapping of a bank employee and his wife. They were all sentenced to 25 years in jail on each count to be served concurrently.

Marsha Henderson advanced Walters’ appeal, arguing that the trial judge should have withdrawn the matter against her client when the prosecution ended its case, on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to point to Walters being part of the kidnapping plot.

According to Walters’ caution statement admitted into evidence at the trial, he claimed to have no knowledge of the kidnapping, that he had received a call to drop off food for two of his co-defendants at a house where police later caught the two men with the kidnapped woman.

Director of Public Prosecutions Valston Graham conceded that the case against Walters should not have been put to the jury.

The Appeal Justices concurred.

They allowed the appeal against the conviction and sentence.

A stunned Walters walked out of court while his three co-defendants remained in the dock as their appeals hearing continued.

Laws, Percival and Riley are also appealing their convictions.

 

 

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