WAYNE Gilbert, called “Nervous”, who was on trial for allegedly killing a man during a robbery at Croal Street, Georgetown in 2017, was, on Monday, freed by High Court Judge, Sandil Kissoon.
Gilbert, 30, formerly of West La Penitence, appeared at the Demerara High Court before a 12-member jury.
He had denied killing Rawle Rodrigues on January 20, 2017, at the Route 32 minibus park during the course or furtherance of a robbery.
The State was represented by Prosecutors Muntaz Ali and Taneisha Saygon, while Senior Counsel Stanley Moore was the attorney for the accused.
During the trial, a voir dire was called to determine the admissibility of evidence of Gilbert’s alleged “confession statement”. However, on Monday, Justice Kissoon ruled that the statement was inadmissible.
After the prosecutors closed their case, the Judge directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty against Gilbert since there was insufficient evidence to prove the charge.
The prosecution had contended that, on the day in question, the now deceased Rodrigues was reportedly followed by three men from the DEMICO Roof Garden, just opposite the Stabroek Market clock.
On his way to the park, one of the suspects, in pursuit of the robbery, reportedly stabbed Rodrigues in his chest with a knife.
Last year, Afabia Yankana and Akeem Hayman were arraigned before Justice Kissoon for Rodrigues’ murder. However, the pair opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.
Justice Kissoon sentenced both men to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 15 years.