The criminal matter against Alina Sprauve was dismissed at the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday after the investigating officer in her case was found to have overlapped his travel plans with the trial dates on more than one occasion.
Sprauve was charged with ‘assisting offenders’ when her son, Khori Prince, reportedly escaped from lawful custody on January 18 this year.
Allegations are that she was communicating with him and failed to alert the authorities while he was a fugitive.
She had pleaded not guilty during a previous court appearance and the matter was listed for a court trial.
However, when the matter was called before Magistrate Samuel Jack Husbands on Thursday, the Investigating Officer was not present. The court was informed that he was set to travel outside of the jurisdiction on the same day.
Defense Attorney Reynela Rawlins argued that her client, Sprauve — who was also absent — was being prejudiced by the continuous adjournments.
Magistrate Husbands then noted that the matter has been before the court since March 24 for trial. It was subsequently adjourned to May 15, then to July 11 and then to yesterday, October 24.
“I have no choice but to dismiss the matter for want of prosecution,” the magistrate said while noting that the case was already on what is known as a ‘final adjournment’.
Objecting to the dismissal, the Crown made an unsuccessful appeal to have the matter remain active, arguing that it was a serious offence.
However, Magistrate Husbands said the police appeared to be disinterested in pursuing the matter, and unless the court “takes a stand as the court”, the practice will continue.
The magistrate further argued that the said investigating officer did not bother to submit any kind of statement that that would warrant him being away from the territory.
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