Rey John Walks Free Of Gun Charges


The case against the businessman who was charged with shooting well-known tattoo artiste ‘Mongoose’ has been dismissed.

According to reports the charges against Rey John (not to be mistaken with police officer Ray John) were dismissed yesterday morning due to delays on the part of the police.

John of Viper Nightclub left the magistrates court yesterday a free man after the prosecution asked for yet another adjournment.

John’s lawyer, Warren Cassell, reportedly confirmed that Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh threw out the charges.

The businessman was charged with shooting with intent to murder and discharging a firearm in a public place.

John was charged in July last year after the shooting that month at the Viper Nightclub, which left tattoo artist Oszie Kelvin “Mongoose” Russell injured.

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  1. Who will be prosecuted over this. The next sitting of parliament I expect to see a bill tabled that will make inaction by the government and it’s various agencies a criminals offence….

  2. Your Honour Madame Joanne Walsh congrats!!
    Charges of such magnitude should have been given PRIORITY as it pertains to bringing a speedy and professional closure to such serious investigation.
    How ever it is public knowledge that a Significant number of our Police Officers are being employed at Jolly Beach Resort and other private establishments without the legal approval of the Commissioner of Police, who the people say is powerless to put a STOP to such unlawful activities.
    What an awful Thing!!
    Therefore the majority of our Police Officers are busy enriching their selves with Impunity.
    Your Honour Madame Joanne Walsh as a consequence of your equitable just and fair decision the supervisors of the investigator and the so called investigator ought to be changed disciplinarily with Gross Neglect of Duties. Evidently the current police administration seemed to be unble to resolve this cancerous wide spread lawlessness with in the Police Force!!!
    What a burning shame and disgrace they have brought on the Constabulary.
    God is good all of the Times.


    There is , but little comfort to the accused for what the Court had reportedly done.

    Though apparent ‘…police tardiness’ or put bluntly, ‘…gross incompetence’ had caused the public to be angered and outraged, there is absolutely ‘…Nothing to Smile About.’

    Constitutional powers residing with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), if exercised in the interest of the public, could see the ‘…immediate refiling of the charges’ [CO: 1981: Section 88].

    Looked at professionally, there may be no justifiable reasons why (a) …the investigation appeared incomplete; and (b) …Why the Case Files were not readily available that the case could go to Committal Proceedings.’

    All cases for these proceedings legally dictates that (i) …A Case File to be served to the accused; (b) …the Committing Magistrate; and (iii) …Files for Court Prosecutors.’

    For those starved of prosecutorial knowledge, it is not the end of the case.

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