Ex-convict, Anthony Rougier walked out of the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court a free man on Tuesday after the court decided against going ahead with a charge of stealing that was laid on him.
The decision to not proceed with the court matter was as a result of the virtual complainant not having further interest in going ahead with the case.
Rougier was originally charged with robbery with violence, but when the matter came up before Magistrate Francine Foster, his Attorney, Peter David informed the court that the complainant, Dean Dowden, had indicated that he was no longer interested in the case.
David told the court that the complainant had spoken to Police Investigator 257 Sham Roberts about his position on the matter.
However, Police Prosecutor, Corporal Terrence Andall appeared not to be knowledgeable about Dowden’s decision.
After a prolonged debate, the charge was reduced to stealing from a person to which Rougier pleaded guilty.
He was accused of stealing one stainless steel chain from Dowden who resides at Grenville Street, St. George’s valued at EC $130.00 on March 12.
The incident took place at the St. George’s Market in the Town of St. George.
Cpl. Andall told the court that in light of the developments, the Prosecution had no further interest in proceeding with the matter.
Magistrate Foster dismissed the case for want of prosecution.