ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A man accused of deliberating trying to drive his vehicle into a public meeting of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not face prosecution, a Grenada newspaper has reported.
The driver, Tyrone Thomas, was charged with assault following complaints to police from four people who were at the meeting. They included former prime minister Tillman Thomas and Nazim Burke, who succeeded the former Grenadian leader as head of the NDC in February.
“Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress are not pursuing a court case against a man, whom they virtually accused of an assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas,” Caribupdate Weekly said.
The incident occurred last November.
In public comments following the incident, former PM Thomas said he “really felt intimidated; the vehicle reversed and kept coming.”
Burke, a former MP for St George North-East, claimed that “lives could have been lost that night, including the driver’s”.
After a police investigation, the 44-year-old driver was charged with four counts of assault and a court date set.
But when the matter came up for hearing, “the four NDC complainants informed the court that they would not be attending the hearing and would not be pursuing the case against Tyrone Thomas, “ Caribupdate Weekly said.
It reported sources close to the driver as saying that “the complainants had requested that he should make a public apology over the incident. However, Thomas flatly refused the request.”
This is the first issue of Caribupdate in several months, with the paper reporting that it “took some time-off to reorganize”.
The 24-page paper, which sells at EC$1 each, was launched in December 2012.
“Like all start-up businesses, we’ve had our challenges,” Caribupdate said in this week’s editorial. “But, happily, we are back.”