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Morvant man freed of murder

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A 32-year-old man of Morvant was yesterday freed of murdering a man after attending WASA fete in 2009.

Frankie Bartholomew, of Second Caledonia, Morvant, was freed of murdering Marcus Mark after High Court judge Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds upheld an application challenging the reliability of the evidence of Mark’s girlfriend Ornella Nanton, who was the State’s main witness.

Bartholomew’s lawyers Wayne Sturge and Danielle Rampersad had questioned the ability of State prosecutors to tender Nanton’s statement given to police as evidence in the trial, as she was murdered before she could testify in Bartholomew’s preliminary inquiry.

As she agreed with Bartholomew’s lawyers, Ramsumair-Hinds was forced to discharge him as Nanton’s statement was the only evidence linking him to the crime.

While he scored a legal victory, Bartholomew was not allowed to walk out of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, as he was immediately remanded back into custody to await trial for another murder, which occurred months after Mark was killed on February 1, 2009.

Mark had just left the fete and was standing at the corner of the Eastern Main Road and Railway Road, St Joseph, when he was ambushed by a man, who shot him several times.

Nanton allegedly witnessed the shooting and identified Bartholomew as Mark’s attacker.

Six months later, she was murdered near her home at St Margaret’s Village in Claxton Bay.

In 2011, Bartholomew was awarded $50,000 in compensation over a beating he and two men suffered at the hands of police at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court in December 2009.

The case was prosecuted by Hema Sundarsingh.


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