A PILOT charged with failure to properly secure arms and ammunition, and manslaughter arising from a breach of duty was set free by the High Court in Lautoka yesterday.
The Director of Public Prosecutions filed a nolle prosequi, saying the State did not intend to continue proceedings against Mohammed Rizwan Khan, 32.
Following the withdrawal of the charges, High Court in Lautoka judge Justice Sudharshana De Silva discharged Mr Khan without conviction.
The charges were filed following the death of a six-year old boy of Sabeto in Nadi on January 26 this year as a result of a shooting incident.
Mr Khan is the owner of the Marlin 12 gauge goose gun that was accidentally discharged by a 10-year old boy as he was playing with it.
Mr Khan, a pilot with Air Pacific, now Fiji Airways, at the time of the incident, was suspended from work pending the outcome of the case.
Seini Puamau represented the DPP's office in the matter while Lautoka lawyer Iqbal Khan appeared for Mr Khan.
"It was obviously a very stressful period of time for me when the case was pending in court but I had to ride it out," Mohammed Rizwan Khan told this newspaper yesterday.
"Air Pacific was really sympathetic and supportive during the case and so were my colleagues. I would like to thank them for their support.
"I also had all the trust in my lawyer Iqbal Khan and it has paid out. For me, he's the best lawyer around for criminal cases."
Mr Khan said he was innocent all along and his employer, family and lawyer were very supportive during his stressful time.
Mohammed Rizwan Khan said he would try and sort things out now and get back to work.