A TRINIDADIAN who spent two years in prison in the United States awaiting trial for a murder in 2017, walked out of a New York courthouse on Tuesday a free man after prosecutors decided to discontinue the case.

It was a time of elation for 34-year-old Virgil Mitchell, who was charged with the murder of Atiba Ramsey, 34, who was shot dead on the evening of June 25, 2017, near an annual Caribbean music festival known as Moksha.

A second man, Kenda Verwayne, 36, was also wounded in the shooting, the New York Daily News reported.

After being freed of the capital charge, Mitchell was quoted as saying he suffered “some psychological damage” but he vowed “not to let it defeat me”.

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“Man, I don’t wish that on nobody,” he added about his time in the notorious jail complex while his case was pending.

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Former judges have begun to ­receive their enhanced pensions. But former ministers are still waiting on theirs. Former judges, including former chief justices, began to receive their increased pensions in their bank accounts late last week. The amounts paid were arrears which dated from June 25, when the measure was passed in the Parliament.

Four suspects are in custody following the brutal murder of a 19-year-old in Carapo on ­Saturday night. This killing, along with the murder of Bryan Felix and Alim Khan, who left their homes to cut logs (see story at right), on Saturday night have pushed the murder toll to 421.

A tropical wave is passing over Trinidad and Tobago tonight and it will result in partly cloudy to cloudy conditions and scattered showers and the medium to high chance of isolated thundershowers. Gusty winds, street and flash flooding may occur. This was the forecast for today given by Piarco duty meteorologist Paula Wellington yesterday.

Police are trying to determine a motive for the killing of two men who left their homes to cut logs on Saturday night. The deceased have been identified as Bryan Felix, 40, and Alim Khan, 50.