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Bounty Killer freed of assault charges

     ENTERTAINER Bounty Killer was yesterday freed of assault charges stemming from an alleged incident last September in which he reportedly used a hammer to beat his girlfriend, Racquel Smith.
Senior Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams yesterday made a no-order ruling after the artiste's lawyer, Christopher Townsend, made a no-case submission when the matter came up for trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
     The lawyer made the submission after the complainant and her attorney Terrence Ballentine again failed to show up for the trial.

     Smith, however, had previously indicated to the court -- through her attorney -- that she did not wish to pursue the matter, as she wanted to continue her relationship with the entertainer.
She had asked for the matter to be sent to mediation, however, the magistrate had refused her request and had set the matter for trial.

     The artiste, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, was arrested and charged last September on charges of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm following allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend with a hammer, a mosquito zapper and a gold chain at his Oakland Court apartment in Kingston. It was alleged that he used the hammer to hit her on her knees.
The controversial entertainer, however still has another matter before the court in which he is charged for possession of and smoking ganja and is to return to court on March 7 for trial

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