Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Charge against Fallbrook handyman is dismissed
A charge filed against a Fallbrook handyman was dismissed today, after a prosecutor said there were witness “credibility” problems.
Forty-year-old Paul Singh is known as a handyman around the neighborhood of North Pico Avenue, where he used to live, according to testimony at a hearing last month.
At that hearing a witness said she saw Singh inside an apartment which belonged to her 68-year-old friend and neighbor. The elderly woman had reportedly left her front door open and screen door shut, while she was in the shower and awaiting her friend’s arrival. The witness' testimony suggested the handyman was searching for a hidden purse, before he became aware of the arrival of the friend-neighbor-witness.
Public defender Rick Crawford called a rebuttal witness, Paul Singh’s girlfriend, who testified that the defendant was with her at the time of the alleged incident. The defender also questioned the credibility of prosecution’s witness, who readily admitted that she didn’t like Singh and had tried to persuade her friend on numerous prior occasions not to allow the man into her apartment.
Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman dismissed the one felony charge of first-degree burglary, on recommendation from prosecutor Aimee McLeod, and ordered Paul Singh released from custody.
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