Two men who have been tied to a string of kidnappings and armed robberies in 2008 were cut some slack today when their alleged victim decided not to testify against them.
Pampers Plus owner Clement Letang, who was allegedly robbed, told Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste this morning that his decision was simply because he forgave the men.
Vaughn Dodds of Wesley and Asher Ferrol of Paix Bouche were relieved of their charges as a result.
According to charges, Dodds, Ferrol and Kurt Registe (deceased) allegedly robbed, kidnapped and conspired to kill Letang on September 16, 2008 in Bath Estate.
The three were additionally charged with possession of a firearm and taking conveyance. It is alleged that they had used the complainant’s car to transact the robbery.
Dodds and Ferrol were said to have stolen over $10,000 worth of items and cash from Letang.
When asked whether he was beaten, threatened or paid to come to his decision, Letang said no.
“I just find sometimes people make mistakes and sometimes you have to forgive them,” he told the magistrate.
“Are you not concerned that Mr. Dodds and Mr. Ferrol will behave in the same way they did before?” the magistrate asked Letang.
“I’m not. I probably should but I’m not…Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. I don’t know,” Letang responded.
Baptiste then warned Dodds: “I’d like to advise you that please in the future watch your behaviour and please conduct yourself in a manner that is in accordance with the law.”
Ferrol, is currently serving a three-year sentence at the Dominica State Prison for a 2008 Donkey Beach robbery.
Dodds, who was also charged with Ferrol on that particular matter, was bailed in October 2009 for $65,000 with two sureties at the high court.
Ferrol did not appear at this morning’s proceedings.