After 8 months in jail case dismissed against alleged supermarket robbers


Antigua Observer: After eight months behind bars on remand, three men charged with robbery walked away scot-free this week having been informed that their case was being dismissed.

Jaquan Teague of Fort Road, and Irannie Grant and Neil Mitchell, both of Parham, were believed to have carried out the robbery at a superette in Parham on July 15 2022 and, in the process, shot and injured 57-year-old Claudette Edwards.

They were also said to have robbed her of an undisclosed sum of money.

Grant and Mitchell were charged with attempted murder, shooting with intent, and robbery on July 21 that year and were remanded at their first court appearance the next day.

About a week later Teague was arrested and charged alongside them after he surrendered to the police.

Since then, the men were waiting to hear if the police had mounted enough evidence against them to send their case up to the High Court.

On Wednesday, Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel dismissed the case based on directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions who apparently indicated that the matter was not investigated properly.

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  1. This is damning indictment on the police prosecutors. We have seen too many cases that are dismissed because of the failure of the police prosecutors to investigate properly and mount a credible case. It is incumbent upon the Commissioner to intervene as it sends an awful message to everyone about the competency or lack thereof, of the police and their prosecutorial acumen.

  2. How?

    Heads should roll for this lack of police investigations; and how does the robbed and shot victim Claudette Edwards feel about these criminals being let off on virtually a technicality?

    Again, how?


  3. Lol but them police witless careless and I sure them get pay off you think Parham police officers easy or police on a whole Lord have mercy

  4. Reading this story is a grave injustice done to those 3 men. In my opinion,the 3 of you should get with a Lawyer in Antigua and file a lawsuit against the Minister of Justice,Police Commissioner and others. Keeping you men in Prison on Remand for 8 months and then had no case is unconscionable. If you guys were of a rich family. That would not be allowed to happen. Only the poor and down trodden are treated that way in Antigua and Barbuda.For as an example. A lady was walking on the side of the road that leads to Cedar Grove. She was run down by a car and died. The driver of that car was never arrested. Is it because of his name and skinned color? He was given a slap on his wrists and walked away laughing. Andrea Hughes,Adrea Hughes,Rest In Peace on this Palm Sunday and every day.We the people should never forget this INJUSTICE DONE TO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.

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