An accused man’s plan to return to Barbados before his High Court appearance did not go as intended.
In fact, not only did Jeffrey Rudolph Alleyne miss that November date last year, but he left the jurisdiction without the court’s permission, got shot while in St Vincent, and was held by police and locked up.
When Alleyne, of Hinkson Gap, Baxter’s Road, St Michael reappeared before Madam Justice Laurie-Ann Smith-Bowell on Friday, his explanation of the events that resulted in him missing court was not enough to keep him off the remand block at Dodds.
His bail was revoked and he is now to appear before the No. 4 Supreme Court on February 19 when his case is expected to begin.
“When I end up in St Vincent, I was to be back here for my court dates. What happen is I get in an incident over there and I get shoot up. I had bullets in me, I couldn’t get back in time. Is not that I was being disrespectful to you or the court,” said Alleyne to Madam Justice Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell. “I couldn’t move around but when I was able to move around that is when the police hold me. So I get some bullets and the ball was by my spine and it had me down for months, otherwise, I would have been back here for my case. It is not nothing that I willfully do.”
But the judge told him the problem was that he had left the jurisdiction without the court’s knowledge.
Alleyne added: “I apologise for that but I intended to be back in the jurisdiction before the case . . . . I went to look for money to pay my lawyer and take care of my people. I have a lot of people to eat off my plate. So it was not no disrespect to nobody. I get bullets in me, people had to take care of me.
“Let me talk straight. I was over there dealing with some business and we was talking and they tried to disrespect Barbados talking about . . . we Prime Minister is X,Y, Z. I say who you talking bout? . . . So when I was coming out and ting the men open fire . . let go shots in me . . . . My associates had to take care of me. So when I went for my boat them call the police for me. I didn’t mean no disrespect to you or this court .
“All I can do right here right now . . . is beg for a little mercy, whatever you do don’t be too dread with muh cause I is only human,” said Alleyne who continued when told that his bail would be revoked: “You got to tell the Prime Minister I get bullets defending she hear, I was defending Barbados.”
When told that was what the Barbados Defence Force was for, Alleyne replied “yeah, but dem can’t go over there in that capacity”.
The accused is before the court along with two other men, charged with robbing Renaldo Clarke of $5 600 worth of jewellery including a pair of bangles, two bracelets, and a ring as well as cash on May 11, 2006.