“Unbelievable, but not too surprising.”
That is how the Attorney representing the interest of former magistrate GON Emanuel, Noelise Knight-Didier, reacted to the dismissal of charges against Earl “Seko” Grant.
Grant was facing conspiracy to commit arson charges in relation to the alleged firebombing of Emanuel’s house in 2010.
He was implicated in a confession by Denny Shillingford who alleged that he set the fire on Grant’s orders.
But in a dramatic turn of events earlier this week, Shillingford withdrew his statement, saying it was all made up.
As a result the case was dismissed.
“It’s disappointing but not too surprising in the sense that the main person behind the matter has changed his story at the very end,” Knight-Dider said. “It’s almost unbelievable that one could come up with such an intricate story, with such details, and then at the very last minute, say that you made it all up.”
She also admitted that they were aware that the matter was built on “shaky and tenuous ground,” and anything could have happened at any point, “given the history of it and given what we all know is behind it.”
Senior Council, Tony Astaphan, who also spoke on the matter said Shillingford’s revelation raised many questions.
“So now we find that Denny Shillingford has admitted finally that he has lied, this raises a million and one questions,” he told privately-owned Kairi FM. “Why did he lie? Why is it that the police and Mr. Julien Prevost (former acting Director of Public Prosecution) did not assess the evidence and realize its complete lack of credibility? And if there is no arson, then how did the fire start?”
Astaphan is also querying a burnt vehicle, which was reportedly an exhibit in the matter, was disposed of within two weeks of the fire.
“I think this is a serious matter and I think this is a matter that needs to be thoroughly investigated by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Police, if not the government, to find out what really happened,” Astaphan opined.