The infamous Andre Lord Evil Jackman was handcuffed and whisked off in an unmarked police vehicle this afternoon, shortly after appearing in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court where he was freed of a criminal charge.
It was not immediately clear why Jackman, also known as Punchie, of Stroud Bay, Crab Hill, St Lucy was detained.
However, shortly after he stepped out of the dock and made his way towards the exit with his attorney-at-law Shadia Simpson, he was approached by two plain clothed police officers, who spoke to him briefly before putting him in handcuffs.
The surprise turn of events came after Magistrate Douglas Frederick threw out an earlier case brought against him.
Jackman was charged with using unlawful violence towards Skii Sommerville on December 10, 2016. His conduct at the time was said to be such that it would have also caused others present at the scene to fear for their safety.
However, when the case was called today, the prosecutor, Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds, explained that they could not find the complainant in the matter.
Before dismissing the case, Frederick said he suspected that the complainant, a non-national, was out of the jurisdiction, adding that he thought the prosecution would have made a check with immigration to verify.
Back in April, Jackman and three other St Lucy men were freed of the 2014 murder of Charlie Dume who was shot while working at a bar at the corner of Nelson Street and Wellington Street.
When the matter came up in the Supreme Court, Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale, acting on the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, had told Justice Randall Worrell that there was not sufficient evidence to sustain a case against the men.
As a result, the Crown withdrew the charges.