The infamous Andre Omar Lord Evil Jackman will find out tomorrow whether he gets to maintain his freedom.
After hearing submissions from Jackman’s lead attorney Arthur Holder and Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas in relation to a violation of Jackman’s bail condition, Acting Judge Alrick Scott deferred his decision until November 10.
Jackman, 38, of Stroud Bay, Crab Hill, St Lucy, appeared before the High Court judge today accused of breaching the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily curfew imposed on him back in May 2016.
The state submitted in the No. 4 Supreme Court this afternoon that Jackman’s $175,000 bail should be revoked and that he be remanded to HMP Dodds.
However, an incensed Holder told the media after the hearing that his client was being discriminated against.
Holder admitted that Jackman had breached the curfew on October 28 in the presence of Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith.
However, he contended that the breach was “minuscule”, given that his client had complied with every single bail condition since he was granted bail over a year ago on a murder charge.
“He has complied with every condition from the court from since May 10, 2016 and, for one day of breach, the police wants his bail revoked. That has never happened in Barbados before. I am saying that this is prejudice and discrimination because of who he is alleged to be,” a livid Holder said, as his client, who had been in police custody since last night, walked alongside him.
The attorney-at-law added that the submissions made today were unprecedented in his 18-year career.
“He has reported to the police station every day, he has complied with the curfew except for one day and that is justice in this country. This is the first time in history since I have been practising that the police have come and asked for bail conditions to be revoked,” Holder stated, going on to stress: “I will fight for his rights!”
Claiming that there were other accused persons who had repeatedly breached the conditions of their bail but had not been hauled before the court, Holder insisted that justice must appear to be done.
“Justice has to be fair for everybody regardless of class, creed, religion, etcetera. It must be exhibited that way. You can’t particularize, as it is he, that they treat him different. That is not what justice is all about. Our constitution protects everyone,” Holder added, while revealing that Jackman had suffered back injuries when the police vehicle, which was transporting him to court today, got involved in an accident.
Meantime, Holder has signalled his intentions to head to the High Court to seek bail for Dewayne Carlo Griffith who is accused of assaulting the Commissioner of Police.
The 39-year-old also of Stroud Bay, Crab Hill,
St Lucy, was remanded to HMP Dodds for the second time after appearing before Magistrate Wanda Blair this morning.
Griffith, who is also facing charges of resisting and obstructing the top cop in the execution of his duties on October 28, was remanded until December 7, after the prosecutor, Acting Superintendant of Police Trevor Blackman, stood by his previous objections to bail.
However, the accused man’s lawyer Shadia Simpson, who appeared in association with Danielle Mottley, said the court must not send the message that there were two justice systems in Barbados.
“We should not treat people differently . . . . The administration of justice should be equal among all men, not one for prominent people and one for the layman,” Simpson submitted, adding that the offences before the court were bailable and her client was willing to comply with any conditions.
Blair, in denying her bail application, agreed that accused persons should be treated fairly, but said the court must consider that the complainant in the matter is the police chief.
“While I know that these are allegations against your client, the court must take into consideration the office of the person in this matter,” the magistrate said even as Simpson submitted that “a complainant is a complainant”.
However, Blair said the case before her was a serious one.
“[This is] a serious allegation against your client that he is charged with assaulting the Commissioner of Police. I consider it a serious enough allegation to not offer him bail,” Blair ruled.