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Sascha Wilson

Almost two years after a pensioner won a malicious prosecution claim, the State has agreed to pay him $213,000 in damages and interest.

In a consent order entered before Master Martha Alexander, the State also agreed to pay William Charles’ costs.

Charles had sued the State claiming that the police fabricated a marijuana trafficking charge against him because of a personal vendetta.

And, on May 6, 2019, High Court Judge James Aboud ruled in Charles’ favour. At the time he was 70-years-old.

The Siparia man filed the lawsuit through his attorney Kevin Ratiram after he was found not guilty by a jury in the San Fernando High Court in October 2011.

In his evidence before Aboud, Charles claimed on March 13, 2014, while riding home after leaving the market, he saw three men leaning against a car and being searched by the police.

He claimed one of the officers pulled him off his bike, subsequently arrested and charged him with marijuana trafficking.

In his statement of case, he claimed the same officer accused him of having an affair with his (officer) girlfriend and struck him with a piece of wood on April 11, 2000.

The State was represented by attorneys Rachel Theophilus, Brenston Francois and Diane Katwaroo