Robinson not guilty in murder

The trial of Omar Badou Robinson ended yesterday after Chief Justice Anthony Smellie directed the 12-member jury to return a verdict of not guilty on the charge of murder.

Robinson, now 23, was charged with murdering Preston McLean, also known as Bobo, in the early hours of 25 June 2005 in the parking lot of the Grand Pavilion. That incident occurred after another incident in a nearby night club.

Jurors had heard that Robinson stabbed McLean after McLean slapped him with a machete. McLean was 31 at the time.

The Chief Justice told the jurors he had heard submissions from attorneys on Friday in their absence. He concluded that there was only one witness on whose evidence they might have convicted Robinson.

But there were other eye witnesses whose evidence did not support his account of what had happened. In fact, there were contradictions that could not be reconciled.

Robinson was represented by Attorneys Nicholas Rhodes and Nicholas Dixey. The case for the prosecution was conducted by Senior Crown Counsel Trevor Ward, assisted by Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann Gunn.

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