Magistrate Shawn Innocent has dismissed the three-year-old case involving Howard Hughes after learning that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was unable to locate the accused man’s case file.
The case was also thrown out this month because a mental evaluation was not conducted on Hughes who, the court heard, was previously receiving treatment at the Safe Haven Transitional Centre on Tortola.
Hughes had appeared before the court on criminal damage and theft charges but a mental evaluation was required to determine whether he was fit to answer to the charges.
It was alleged that Hughes criminally damaged two coin washers and two coin driers on an unspecified date between the October 1 and October 15, 2015.
He also allegedly stole a number of coins valued at $300, the court heard.
He was subsequently arrested and placed on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
After hearing the circumstances of Hughes’ prolonged matter, Magistrate Innocent said: “It’s almost three years … the matter is dismissed.”
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