Police say there are not focusing attention on the infamous Andre Lord Evil Jackman following an incident on Saturday at a bar at Stroud Bay, St Lucy in which another man is now facing three charges, including assaulting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith.
Initial reports stated that Jackman, who is currently on bail for the April 2014 murder of Charly Dume and a 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. curfew, was being sought by police in connection with last weekend’s incident.
The reports also claimed that he may have breached his curfew.
However, Jackman’s attorney Arthur Holder said this afternoon that as far as he was aware his client had done nothing wrong and therefore was neither being sought by police nor in breach of his curfew.
“So that is rumour you have sir. I am not aware my client is being sought after or of breaking any curfew sir. I have no empirical evidence of that . . . I can’t speak to rumour, sir,” Holder told Barbados TODAY when reached by telephone.
Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler also echoed Holder’s position.
“I don’t have any information to that . . . it’s not focused on Lord Evil at all. If that is the case we would have gotten a wanted man bulletin issued, but to my knowledge that is not what it is at this stage. We don’t have any official records of him being wanted,” Cobbler told Barbados TODAY.
However, a man described as one of Jackman’s “soldiers” – 39-year-old Dewayne Carlo Griffith of Crab Hill, St Lucy – has been charged with obstructing the Police Commissioner in the execution of his duty, resisting him and assaulting him.
Last Saturday the Commissioner was reportedly speaking to a man about allegedly breaking the law when Griffith intervened and supposedly committed the offences.
When the accused appeared before Magistrate Ian Weekes today in the District ‘D’ Magistrate’s Court he denied all three charges against him but was remanded to HMP Prison at Dodds, St Philip.
The prosecutor, Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Trevor Blackman, objected to bail based on the nature and seriousness of the charge. He argued that the matter was “a very serious” one as it is alleged to have been committed against the Commissioner. ASP Blackman also pointed to Griffith’s antecedents as well as the prosecution’s fear that the accused man would not reappear in court if granted bail.
Attorney-at-law Shadia Simpson, who is appearing on Griffith’s behalf in association with Arthur Holder and Danielle Mottley, countered Blackman’s submissions arguing that the charges against her client were bailable.
She submitted that stringent conditions, such as seizing Griffith’s passport, could be imposed to secure his attendance at court.
Arguing further that there was no guarantee that the trial against her client would be swift, Simpson said the court must not give the impression that there were two justice systems in Barbados – one for prominent people and one for other Barbadians.
However, the magistrate while agreeing with some points made by the defence attorney ruled in the prosecution’s favour based on the seriousness of the offences.
He said the fact that the charges before the court were reportedly perpetrated against the island’s top cop “certainly brings it above that threshold”.
He then remanded accused Griffith to the St Philip penal institution until November 9 when his attorneys will have an opportunity to make another application for bail before Magistrate Wanda Blair in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court.