A St Michael man has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds in connection with the shooting death on Boxing Day of the cousin of Barbadian superstar Rihanna.
This afternoon Shawayne DaShawn Williams, of Whitehall #1, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, charged with the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Alleyne on December 26, 2017.
Attorneys-at-law Rashida Edwards and Angella Mitchell-Gittens of Pilgrim and Associates represented the 23-year-old accused, who showed no emotion as the charges were read out to him.
However, he was not required to plead to the indictable offence and was remanded until January 31, 2018.
Today, a number of curious onlookers were gathered outside of the court, including two of the victim’s sisters.
On the fateful day, Alleyne was walking through a track near his home at Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St Michael, when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times. The assailant then fled the scene.
The victim was rushed by private vehicle to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Since then Rihanna has added her voice to the chorus of calls for an end to rising gun violence on the island, in the wake of 30 murders, including 23 that were gun-related last year.