Guyanese cricketer, Christopher Barnwell, who was in 2019 charged with assaulting a police rank at a cricket match, has been freed on the charge. This was following a ruling made on October 30, 2020 by City Magistrate Rondel Weever. The Magistrate dismissed the charge against Barnwell owing to the prosecutor’s failure to prove the elements of the offence.
Barnwell of Lot 8 Albert Street, Georgetown had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on March 23, 2019, at Eve Leary Police Ground, he assaulted a police officer. Barnwell, an international cricket, had been out on $30,000 bail pending the hearing and determination of his trial.
Based on previous reports, Barnwell and the police rank had been playing against each other at a cricket match when a fight broke out between them. It was alleged that the cricketer pushed the police rank. Barnwell was represented by Attorney-at-Law Savannah Barnwell. This trial was heard at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.