Court case against Bounti Killa dismissed

Jamaican dancehall entertainer "Bounti Killa", whose given name is Rodney Pryce, was freed of gun charges in the Gun Court on Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors withdrew the charges, following the testimony of the complainant, who is a member of the police force.

The prosecutor told the court he was withdrawing the charges, based on the testimony of the policeman and the contradictions of the statements in his possession.

 As a result, the entertainer and Calis Bowen, his co-accused, were released by Justice Martin Gayle.

 The two were charged in 2009, with illegal possession of a firearm, assault and unlawful wounding, following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 Investigators had reported that on September 27, 2007, the constable was driving his vehicle in New Kingston when he came upon a group of men, including Bounti Killa, who had used their vehicles to block sections of St Lucia Avenue.          

The policeman reportedly signaled the men to move; however it is alleged that one of them threw alcohol into his face.This led to a confrontation.

It was reported that during the confrontation Bounti Killa pulled a firearm and pointed it at the policeman.

Mr. Bowen, a policeman on suspension at the time who was in the entertainer’s entourage, was accused of hitting the Constable, although he had identified himself as a policeman.

Bowen has since been dismissed from the police force. 

Following Monday’s decision, Bounti Killa, who was facing prison time if convicted, said he was elated and relieved.   

The entertainer, whose American visa was revoked sometime ago, said he hoped that this development would help to expedite the process of recovering the visa.

According to him, the court case had been one of the areas of concerning holding back a decision in his favour.

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