Kalik Aaron, the man who was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and the attempted murder of Dhakeme Cheltenham back in 2016 has been acquitted.
Aaron was freed after the nine-member jury involved in his trial returned with an eight-to-one majority verdict at the High Court on Wednesday.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Kim Hollis had based her case on CCTV footage which allegedly showed Aaron as the so-called getaway driver of a yellow truck moments after Cheltenham was shot outside the UP’s Cineplex.
However, Aaron’s attorneys Patrick Thompson and Reynela Rawlins successfully argued that the CCTV footage was not supported by any other evidence.
They noted the absence of DNA evidence, identification, and physical evidence.
Jurors, who were seemingly not convinced that Aaron participated in the joint enterprise with the shooter to kill Cheltenham, subsequently moved to a acquit the accused man.
What was alleged
The court heard that at roughly 5 am on October 29, 2016, Cheltenham and Aaron, as well as the gunman and others, were at Da Basement nightclub at UP’s Cineplex in Road Town.
A Halloween party had just ended and Cheltenham walked across the road in the vicinity of a car rental company to urinate.
It was alleged that a CCTV camera captured the shooter, as well as Aaron and a few others exiting the aforementioned yellow truck hours before the shooting. The same group were also seen loitering outside the building moments before the incident took place.
The court had also heard that a lone gunman followed Cheltenham and fired five shots at him outside the club.
Aaron was accused of ‘rushing’ to the same yellow truck and driving away some 10 seconds later. The gunman is said to have remained behind while the vehicle reportedly headed in the direction of the Road Town Police Station.
The shooter then made good his escape on foot, in the direction of the High Court which the Crown claimed was a mistake as he was not familiar with the area.
The DPP had also alleged that the men in the same truck were seen back on the scene sometime later. The DPP claimed that they were trying to locate the shooter who was eventually found in the vicinity of Scotiabank.
Aaron reportedly had said that he merely gave the men a ride to the club and he was also the one who drove the vehicle home.
He denied that he was in the company of the shooter.
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