Kittitian Man Freed Of Murder Charge In Anguilla LK Hewlett Hasani Herbert (l) with defense attorney Chesley Hamilton. Herbert, a Kittitian, was on Sept 16 freed of a murder charge in Anguilla. Noted St. Kitts defense attorney Chesley Hamilton has secured a dismissal of the case against Hasani Herbert, a national of St. Kitts who was charged with murder in Anguilla. Hebert, originally from Monkey Hill but who migrate to Anguilla about 8 years ago, was charged with the June 11 , 2012 murder of Jordell Gumbs of North Point. Gumbs was shot to death in the vicinity of Klassique restaurant. Hours after the murder, Shenroy Desouza of Anguilla was arrested for the shooting and was subsequently charged. Herbert, 28, a chef at the Viceroy Hotel at the time, was charged less than two weeks after. Both had been on prison remand since. The preliminary inquiry concluded Wednesday (Sept 16) after many adjournments over the three years. Though Herbert and Desouza were not charged jointly, the cases were consolidated. Yanique Stewart and Josephine Gumbs-Connor represented Desouza. John Benjamin QC, representing the Attorney General’s Office, had at a previous hearing indicated that the Crown wished to withdraw the matter. Hamilton argued that it could not, and entered a no case submission. The defense was given until Aug 21 to file written submissions and the Attorney General’s Office until the 28 th . The AG’s office never responded. On Wednesday Senior Magistrate Hon. Ivenia Benjamin dismissed the matter for want of prosecution and both Herbert and Desouza were released. Anguillian officials are seeking to have Herbert, who also holds British citizenship, deported for not having a work permit. The matter is scheduled for hearing on October 30 .
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