Dustin Lapsy

Police present lack of evidence in two murder chargers

By Monique Washington

After two separate murder charges, the police have once again failed to make any of them stick to Bath Village resident Dustin Lapsy.

Without any official word being released by the police press The Observer Contacted Deputy Commissioner Hilroy Brandy via his cell phone and his office phone and whatsapp to ask about the circumstances surrounding the release of Lapsy. Until press time Deputy Brandy has read all messages, but has not answered.

Most recently Lapsy was charged with the murder of Tonio ‘Dolla’Hutton. Hutton who was gunned down on June 30, 2013 in Bath Village. According to the police report Hutton was shot several times by a lone gunman who chased him into his home and opened fire. Hutton was confirmed dead on arrival.

The police quickly nabbed Lapsy and several days later charged him with murder. Lapsy was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison in St. Kitts. He was released Feb. 18.

In a brief encounter with Lapsy he confirmed to The Observer that all charges have been dismissed. He noted that he appeared before the Magistrate Yasmine Clarke where the

Police Prosecution charges were dropped. He promised to comment further at a later date.

Lapsy had his first run-in with the police in April 2011 when he, along with Asim Parris and Raphael Wallace were charged  with the murder of Pennyless Auto Parts employee Gary Smitten. The incident took place on Pump Road Nevis. The trio spent 13 months in remand in her Majesty’s Prison.

The Trio stood before magistrate Yasmine Clarke when the Police Prosecutor told the court that they did not have enough evidence during their Preliminary Inquiry to pursue a murder charge.  Magistrate Clarke told the young men they were free to go home.