Beckles not guilty

Rodney Beckles, who is the son of the Principal of the UWI's Cave Hill campus in Trinidad, Professor Hilary Beckles,  was found not guilty Monday for the murder of Khalil Campbell, who is son of High Court judge, Lennox Campbell.

The 12-member jury in the Home Circuit Court retired for about two hours before reaching their verdict.

At the trial which began two weeks ago, Mr Beckles testified that he and Mr. Campbell got into an argument over a ganja spliff in January this year.

He told the court that he had a pen knife in his hand and during a scuffle, Khalil was injured.

The UWI student claimed that he was attacked by Khalil and was forced to act in self-defence.

This claim was refuted by the testimony of the pathologist.

He said the autopsy of the body revealed Khalil had several defensive wounds on his hands, suggesting that he was under attack.

The pathologist testified that Khalil died when he was stabbed in the heart.



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