Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today described the late Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock as a “devoted public officer and a great lawyer”.
Stuart’s comments came more than a week after Leacock’s untimely death in Orlando, Florida where he underwent prostate surgery on July 8. He was 59.
In a statement issued today by the Barbados Government Information Service, the Prime Minister, who is a trained attorney-at-law, noted that he first met Leacock back in 1982 at Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.
He also said they had fought many legal battles together, including the first criminal case in Barbados to be decided on the basis of DNA evidence, which Stuart suggested might have put them both in the record books in the West Indian Law Reports.
Stuart explained that after the necessary affidavit evidence was put together in that case, they had appeared before the Court of Appeal of Barbados, presided over by Sir David Simmons and with Leacock’s full cooperation the matter was brought to a successful conclusion.
At the time, Prime Minister Stuart was a defence lawyer, while Leacock served as a prosecutor and later moved up the ranks to DPP.
Leacock would go on to serve 20 years before his death.
In expressing condolences to Leacocks family, including his wife Betty June and two sons Donald and Brian, Stuart said he and Leacock had enjoyed many good times together.
His statement comes ahead of tomorrow’s funeral service at the Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angels.
Today, Leacock’s body reposed at the Lyndhurst Funeral home, where many of his former colleagues and members of the diplomatic community turned up to pay their last respects.
Among them Magistrate Douglas Frederick, United States Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela, Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault and the Organisation of American States’ representative to Barbados Francis McBarnette.
The mood was sombre as many family members openly shed tears for Leacock.
His body is to be cremated following tomorrow’s service.