The St. George’s Magistrate Court has taken a decision to discontinue two (2) counts of perjury that were laid against Dessa Mc Intosh of St Paul’s in St. George’s.
The young lady was charged with the offense after giving evidence contrary to information supplied during the Preliminary Inquiry of the Alexander Clack murder case.
Perjury is a crime that occurs when an individual willfully makes a false statement during a judicial proceeding, after he or she has taken an oath to speak the truth.
Mc Intosh was initially granted bail in the sum of EC$30, 000 for the offences.
However, the charges were discontinued Monday by Magistrate Tahira Gellineau who presides over the St. George’s No.2 Magistrate’s Court.
Mc Intosh was listed as one of the witnesses to appear for the Prosecution in the recently concluded Clack Murder trial.
However, she was taken off the list after she changed her story in an alleged attempt to assist the British-born Grenadian citizen, who was charged with non-capital murder for the June 17th, 2014 death of his 27-year old wife Nixiann Clack of Duquesne, St. Mark.
The British-born national became the prime suspect after his wife’s body was discovered by police officers in a shallow grave in the hilly Mt. Moritz area of St. George’s.
The 6-week long murder trial concluded on December 23, 2015 with the 12-member jury finding Clack guilty of non-capital murder for the death of his wife.
Clack is due to return to court for sentencing on February 1, 2016.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Mc Intosh was intimately involved with the murder convict, who, the Crown believes used her in his failed attempt to interfere with the case and get off the non-capital murder charge brought against him.
Speaking on Monday’s development, Senior Crown Counsel Howard Pinnock, who was prosecuting the case for the State said that the Crown took the decision to discontinue the charges against Mc Intosh in realisation of what he described as a “genuine error” on her part.
“Ultimately the big man (Clack) is responsible. Clack would have gotten caught. This (Mc Intosh) is a young person who genuinely made an error. She is not a criminal…a criminal conviction could blight her future prospects. We have the main person who would have killed his wife and was using her to try and get off the charge,” he told THE NEW TODAY.
Pinnock stated that based on the law, “the Prosecution cannot simply prosecute somebody because an alleged offence has been committed”.
The Prosecution, he said must also serve some other useful purposes.