Christian Espat acquitted of attempted murder

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Christian Espat

22-year-old Christian Espat is free from the charge of attempted murder after appearing before Justice Colin Williams of the Supreme Court on Monday, October 5, 2020. The news was shared with him by his attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley after a memorandum was sent to the court from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). The Crown Counsel informed the court that the case against Espat was being discontinued since the virtual complainant has stopped cooperating with the Office and the police and has refused to appear in court to testify. With that, Espat was freed and the case ended in a nolle prosequi.
The incident for which Espat was charged dates back to August 2017 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Espat was accused of attempting to kill 27-year-old Lloyd Tyndall, a resident of Punta Gorda Town, Toledo. Tyndall was shot at a wood work shop on August 12 and present in the yard at the time of the shooting were two minors aged nine and twelve. Police say that two gunmen who were wearing rags covering their noses and mouths ran into the yard and opened fire. It was not certain in 2017 who the intended target was but Tyndall was shot thrice and the minors were also injured in the process.
Espat was first indicted on the attempted murder charge on January 2020 after a preliminary investigation at the lower court suggested that there was sufficient evidence for the matter to stand trial at the Supreme Court. The case was called up twice in the Supreme Court within a week before Espat was acquitted.