Man Charged With Intimidating A Witness

November 30, 2012

This afternoon [Nov 30] Tio Weeks, 36, was in front of Senior Magistrate Archie Warner facing a charge of witness intimidation alleged to have occurred between September and November 2012.

The charge  can only be tried in Supreme Court, so Mr Weeks was not required to enter a plea.

The charge arose out of an aborted trial that started and then ended very quickly earlier this week in Magistrate’s Court with Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo presiding.

Prosecutor Susan Mulligan told Magistrate Warner that the proceedings saw the original female complainant called to the witness stand to give evidence in what was described as a domestic dispute. Once on the stand, the female testified that she did not want to proceed with the matter.

While on the witness stand, the female said that Mr Weeks had threatened to kill her or have her killed if she testified. The Court heard that said that the threats were not the reason that she was withdrawing. Instead, she wanted to get on with her life. Magistrate Khomisi Tokunbo then brought the case to a halt and dismissed the charge against Mr Weeks.

Crown Prosecutor Mulligan told Magistrate Warner that the Crown was bringing the fresh charge of intimidating a witness against Mr Weeks, who was remanded in custody.

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  1. swinginfromchandoliers! says:

    ????aren’t there laws against the defendant dropping charges when it comes to certain crimes,especially if they are indictable in Supreme court.I thought pesons who had been violated in a relationship had no choice to drop charges especially if they were serious..,for their own protection because domestic dispute is no different from public dispute.