Christian Espat Walks, Again
For 3 years now, 22-year-old Christian Espat had been accused of attempted murder. The cops believed that they had evidence tying him to a 2017 shooting on San Pedro. But tonight, he's a free man because the DPP's Office had to discontinue its prosecution against him.
Espat was charged with a slew of offenses for a shooting in San Pedro Town which happened on Saturday, August 12, 2017. 3 males, including 2 minors and Lloyd Tyndall who was 27 years old at the time, were in the San Pedrito area at a woodwork shop when a lone gunman ambushed them and opened fire.
Tyndall was seriously wounded; he suffered 3 gunshot injuries. A boy who was only 9 years old at the time was injured to the left wrist, and their 12-year-old companion suffered an injury to the right buttocks.
Espat began facing trial for this shooting several days ago before Justice Colin Williams. But, the virtual complainant, on whose testimony the crown counsel would have depended on for a possible conviction, refused to show up and testify. That complainant was scheduled to appear before the court on two separate occasions, but when it was time for him to show up, he was absent.
And so, the crown counsel appeared in court today with a memorandum sent from the DPP's Office that they had no choice but to discontinue the case and their prosecution against him. They decided to enter a nolle pros against him, which meant that he was free to leave the court.