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Case thrown out due to ‘disrespectful’ complainant

Okella McKennon

A two year-old assault case has been discontinued following reports to the Magistrate’s Court that the complainant in the matter was disinterested.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered that the case against Okella McKennon be dismissed when the prosecution told the court that it cannot ‘perfect’ the case against McKennon without the female complainant.

Her name was not mentioned.

During McKennon’s appearance in court, the prosecution explained that the complainant has been dodging the court even though she was called to testify on more than one occasion.

The prosecution noted that the woman’s actions had ‘spoken for itself’.

Meanwhile, McKennon’s attorney, Ruthilea Maximea, described the female complainant as disrespectful.

“It is utter disrespect for the virtual complainant not to avail herself to report to the court for this matter,” Maximea argued before she asked that the matter be dismissed.

Allegations in that case were not read aloud during Mckennon’s court appearance. However, BVI News Online understands that the related incident took place on March 29, 2015. McKennon was charged with common assault.

Other Case

In the meantime, the accused man, who is a native of Jamaica, still has other matters pending before the court. In those matters, he is charged with indecent assault, criminal trespass, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and using threatening language.

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