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NOT GUILTY OF MURDER: Anglin cleared of shooting 4-year-old child

Devon Anglin has been acquitted of killing 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes.

In the Grand Court yesterday afternoon, visiting Jamaican Justice Howard Cooke found 25-year-old Anglin not guilty of murder after a three week trial.

He was also cleared of attempted murder, assault, possession of an unlicensed firearm and threatening violence.

Despite not taking the stand, his defence argued that he could not be positively identified as the man who pulled the trigger.

Anglin remained impassive throughout the 90-minute hearing and then was taken back into custody.

He will face another murder trial accused of killing Carlos Webster at the Next Level nightclub in 2009.

Jeremiah was shot dead on February 15, 2010 as he sat in the back of his family’s car at the Hell Esso Gas Station in West Bay.

CCTV footage captured images of a man firing wildly into the white Cheverolet Malibu as Jeremiah’s parents, Dorlissa Ebanks and Andy Barnes sat inside.

Their other child Jamaul was also in the car at the time.

Yesterday in court members of their family wept openly as the Judge reviewed the evidence before passing sentence.

Dorlissa said as she left the court: “I’m not happy, I’m not surprised. It’s in God’s hands.”

RCIPS Commissioner David Baines added: “It’s an appalling outcome. I’m desperately sorry for the Barnes family who came here looking for justice.

“It’s a bad day for justice. It’s a bad day for the Island. I’ve asked the Director of Public Prosecution to research with a view to making an appeal.”

Detective Inspector Peter Kennett who led the investigation before he retired, said: “This is quite the saddest moment in my forty plus years of policing both here and in the UK.”


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