Trinidad Express / THE STATE failed for a third time yesterday to secure a conviction against Gabriel Daniel on the charge of murder.

He walked out the San Fernando High Court a free man.

Daniel was charged with the murder of Lincoln “Tappa” Teesdale.

It was the State’s case, led by attorneys Shabaana Shah and Stacy Laloo-Chong that on July 23 2003, while in Princes Town, Daniel stabbed Teasdale in his chest. Teesdale died days later at hospital.

In his defence Daniel who was represented by attorneys El Farouk Hosein and Ainsley Lucky, denied that he stabbed Teesdale.

Back in 2006 a High Court judge upheld a no case submission made by Daniel’s attorney and he was acquitted on the charge. However, the State appealed the decision and a retrial was ordered.

At that re-trial in 2011, a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. Another trial was order.

At the end of the trial yesterday before Justice Carla Browne-Antoine in the San Fernando High Court, the jury deliberated for less than hour before they found Gabriel not guilty of the offence.

Teesdale’s relatives wept.

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