You can forget about calling him infamous.
Andre Lord Evil Jackman no longer has a murder charge hanging over his head and may even want to consider running in the upcoming general elections, after a near four-year-old murder charge against him was dismissed earlier today.
Jackman, also known as Punchie, of Stroud Bay, Crab Hill, was jointly charged with three other St Lucy men – Zaviere Renaldo Walkes, of Archers Road, Crab Hill; Rory St Clair Thomas, of Grape Hall and Shane Akeem Omar Babb, of Fryers Well – with the April 26, 2014 murder of Charlie Dume.
Dume was shot while working at a bar at the corner of Nelson Street and Wellington Street, St Michael and later died at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
However, 20 days shy of the fourth anniversary of his death, the charges against four of the men accused of killing him were withdrawn by the Crown, based on the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC.
Appearing before Justice Randall Worrell in the No. 2 Supreme Court today Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale said “there was not sufficient evidence to sustain the case” against the accused.
The prosecutor also stated that although there were “certain undertones of certain activities” when combing through the evidence “the case does not rise to the standards” that could be sustained against the accused criminal quartet and neither could a case of “joint enterprise”.
“For that reason the Crown [under the] instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions . . . will not be pursuing any indictment against these [four] accused . . . and asks that the indictment against them be dismissed,” Seale told the court in the presence of the men and their attorneys.
“You are free to go,” Justice Worrell told Lord Evil and the other three men following the Crown’s submissions which ended almost four years of back and forth for the men between courts.
Following his arrest for the crime back in 2014, Lord Evil was released on bail back in May 2016 after spending two years on remand in a move that immediately raised public eyebrows and prompted fresh debate over whether persons accused of murder should be granted bail.
But even while there was talk of having his $175,000 bail revoked this never came to fruition, even when he was accused of breaching his 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on October 28, 2017 in the presence of Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith.
Back in December 26, the elusive Jackman had also faced charges of criminal damage and assault arising from misbehaviour at his own his bachelor party, but those charges were also dismissed.
Jackman and Walkes were represented by attorneys-at-law Arthur Holder, Shadia Simpson and Danielle Mottley, while Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim represented Thomas and Babb had Verla De Peiza as his legal counsel.