Andre Omar ‘Lord Evil’ Jackman did not get to see his bride walk down the aisle this weekend as he had hoped.
Instead, the 37-year-old of Stroud Bay, Crab Hill, St Lucy resident spent two nights behind bars after a brawl ensued at Club Rehab following his bachelor party.
Jackman appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today on several charges – assaulting Skii Sommerville, using unlawful violence towards Sommerville, and that his conduct was such as would cause another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for the other person’s personal safety; and damaging a door, a ceiling fan and wall belonging to Club Rehab.
He denied all the charges.
However, Sommerville told Magistrate Douglas Frederick she was no longer interested in pursuing the assault matter, and she had not been forced nor threatened to take that decision. One of the owners of Club Rehab also informed the court that he was no longer interested in the case.
The magistrate had no choice but to dismiss the two charges.
However, while Sommerville intimated that she was no longer interested in the other charge involving her, it involved a “star witness” who was not named and, as such, the matter will continue.
On that charge, police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid told the court that the Crown was objecting to bail because other persons were being sought in respect to the matter. He said the Crown feared if Jackman were granted bail, he would impede the investigations.
The prosecutor also revealed that Jackman was already on bail from both the Magistrates’ and High Courts.
“Sir, the allegation currently before this court, though coming from a different branch of the law, is similar in nature where it is alleged that violence was used. [Based on] the antecedents of the accused, we believe that there is need to protect the society from the accused,” Reid said.
However, Jackman’s attorney Andrew Pilgrim, QC, disagreed, arguing that the matters before the court were “nothing more than a brawl manifesting itself as an assault which has been dismissed”.
“We are talking about an affray which does not exist. [So the court is being] put in a position to lock up a man . . . [and] to protect society when the victim says she ain’t want no protection,” the veteran lawyer charged.
Pilgrim added that his client continues to attract a high level of media attention and has security everywhere.
“[My client is innocent] of anything that happened in that club . . . . Trying to deny him his liberty because of his reputation [when] it’s nothing more than common assault . . . so he could go back to Dodds until when?”
He said the charge in which his client allegedly caused “another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for the other person’s personal safety” was not sufficient to remand him into custody.
“He has complied with all [requirements] of his bail and went as far as approaching the court to have a bachelor party. What is the purpose for remanding him? . . . On the face of it, there is no proper basis for keeping him in prison.”
Magistrate Frederick, in looking at the charges, agreed with Pilgrim’s arguments, saying: “Technically, there is a star witness that is not named. . . . A man has other allegations elsewhere [but] is innocent until proven guilty . . . [and] bail wise has complied with all conditions. I don’t see any basis on which I can deny him bail,” he said.
He then granted Jackman his freedom on a $5,000 surety, to return to court on March 2, 2017.