Muted applause broke the silence in the courtroom at the high court in Roseau on Tuesday, as the jury announced that Stebin Valentine was found not guilty of manslaughter.
Valentine was charged for the death of Charlesworth Christopher Jr. in an incident which occurred in 2009 at Portsmouth.
Valentine shed tears of joy, after a nine member jury acquitted him of the charge of manslaughter.
“My lady” he said moments after hearing the verdict “ I’ve waited God knows how long for an opportunity like this, I’ve never had a friend like Junior I am sorry I never intended for this to happen and I can assure you that I am a changed person.”
Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brookes warned the young man against reappearing in court again.
She told him that he should take this experience as a learning one and stay away from trouble.
In an angry reaction, the family of the deceased stormed out of the court room as Valentine spoke, declaring that they were uninterested in what he had to say.
The mother of the deceased declared outside of the court house that she was going to appeal the case and stated that the jury’s decision was “nonsense!”
Valentine told reporters outside of the courtroom that he is thankful for the verdict and feels that he has his life back.
He reiterated that Junior was his friend and he never wanted to harm him.
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