Prominent criminal lawyer Andrew Pilgrim Q.C. says from the time it became possible, lawyers have always been applying for bail for clients accused of murder.
Giving his take on recent outcry over the offering of bail to Andre “Lord Evil” Jackman last week, Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY that he was not in agreement with another criminal lawyer’s comments in an article published in this newspaper’s May 15 edition.
The lawyer, who had requested anonymity, stated that according to the Bail Act, persons accused of murder “could have always applied for bail”, but noted that previously attorneys never did so, based on the offence itself.
“That is absolute nonsense!” Pilgrim said.
“From the time it was possible for us to apply for bail with murder as with any other offence, we have been doing it. People have been coming home on bail for murder for years.
“So I don’t know what this attorney, who prefers anonymity, is saying. Maybe he prefers anonymity because he don’t know what he talking about,” added Pilgrim.
He also pointed out that four out of the five accused men in the case with “Lord Evil” had already been granted bail.
Jackman, whose attorney is Arthur Holder, was charged with the 2014 murder of Charlie Dume, who died after being shot in Nelson Street, the City.
“The other people charged get bail, so why wouldn’t you think that he wouldn’t get it to?” Pilgrim asked.
However, he said there was some people who believed that because Jackman’s nickname was “Lord Evil”, he should be treated differently.
Pilgrim described these suggestions as ridiculous, sensationalism, and a non-situation that was receiving unnecessary attention.
“I don’t understand why he shouldn’t get bail because he has a nickname. Why shouldn’t he get bail? Is it because of rumours and all kinds of foolishness and because he has a silly nickname?
“So if my nickname is ‘I kill Police’, I wouldn’t get bail? If you are saying that he is the most evil person in the world and you have proof of that, then it’s a story. But other than the fact that he has this stupid nickname, doesn’t seem like much of a story to me,” he said.