Pilgrim weighs in on ‘Lord Evil’ bail issue

Prominent criminal lawyer Andrew Pilgrim Q.C. says from the time it became possible, lawyers have always been applying for bail for clients accused of murder.

Giving his take on recent outcry over the offering of bail to Andre “Lord Evil” Jackman last week, Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY that he was not in agreement with another criminal lawyer’s comments in an article published in this newspaper’s May 15 edition.

The lawyer, who had requested anonymity, stated that according to the Bail Act, persons accused of murder “could have always applied for bail”, but noted that previously attorneys never did so, based on the offence itself.

Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim
Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim

“That is absolute nonsense!” Pilgrim said.

“From the time it was possible for us to apply for bail with murder as with any other offence, we have been doing it. People have been coming home on bail for murder for years.

“So I don’t know what this attorney, who prefers anonymity, is saying. Maybe he prefers anonymity because he don’t know what he talking about,” added Pilgrim.

He also pointed out that four out of the five accused men in the case with “Lord Evil” had already been granted bail.

Jackman, whose attorney is Arthur Holder, was charged with the 2014 murder of Charlie Dume, who died after being shot in Nelson Street, the City.

“The other people charged get bail, so why wouldn’t you think that he wouldn’t get it to?” Pilgrim asked.

However, he said there was some people who believed that because Jackman’s nickname was “Lord Evil”, he should be treated differently.

Pilgrim described these suggestions as ridiculous, sensationalism, and a non-situation that was receiving unnecessary attention.

“I don’t understand why he shouldn’t get bail because he has a nickname. Why shouldn’t he get bail? Is it because of rumours and all kinds of foolishness and because he has a silly nickname?

“So if my nickname is ‘I kill Police’, I wouldn’t get bail? If you are saying that he is the most evil person in the world and you have proof of that, then it’s a story. But other than the fact that he has this stupid nickname, doesn’t seem like much of a story to me,” he said.

9 Responses to Pilgrim weighs in on ‘Lord Evil’ bail issue

  1. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels May 19, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    He is a damn good lawyer yuh lol smfh

  2. Boopcy Npg Applewhaite
    Boopcy Npg Applewhaite May 20, 2015 at 12:15 am

    D man innocent until proven guilty an freedom is always a must Barbadians like being judge an jury for everybody give d man a break

  3. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie May 20, 2015 at 12:22 am

    The fact that you can get bail after being arrested on a murder charge says a lot. Anyone who Is ok with putting a possible murderer back on the streets want locking to Rh up too! Foolishness. Murder is something to play with? Innocent until proven guilty? Ok…sit down in Dodds innocently until we know your not a damn murderer.

    • bajanguyster May 20, 2015 at 12:56 am

      hi Nikki vs nicksie now if it was one of your family or child would you be singing that same song?for years now people like you have been judging people before they are proven .leaving the judging to god if you don’t know something keep out and awys from it ok have a great day you re a young person live love and learn

  4. Ormond Mayers May 20, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I strongly hold the view, anyone willfully take a life , after due process should be hang. However, a person accused of murder, after careful analysis , should be granted bail , and the matter expeditiously deal with.

    An explanation should be given to the Nation as to the Court decision. However, the Public Prosecutor , who is paid by the tax payers can also appeal , if in his judgment it was a bad decision.

    Barbados is a secretive Society, where people don’t understand , they are obligated to keep the citizen inform of certain decisions.

  5. dave May 20, 2015 at 7:32 am

    From the time homosexuality was accepted as an excuse and men allowed to marry men and women to marry women, the world has nosedived into folly. An excuse can now be made for anything at all. The World is at an end. I understand that people all over the world are hearing eerie trumpet sounds coming from the Sky. Maybe the trumpets are sounding and coming too. Who Knows ? So from the time you accept Homosexuality as some kinda of right, you can accept anything.

  6. dave May 20, 2015 at 7:37 am

    addendum : However , this is a ploy and precursor to freeing Everton Gittens through bail because if Lord Evil can get bail , Lord Everton can get um to ! Lord Eviltwo ? Lord Evilton ? Take your pick

  7. villager. May 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Dave i agree with you on the homosexuality score,you are so right there my brother, also share the opinion about the giving of bail to those who commit murder, has anyone considered how the family of victims and other victims as it relates to this particular case feel? This is pure madness i do not care what anyone says, reporting to a police station at intervals cannot stop intimidation and interference of witnesses, every single day criminals are having more and more rights and some of these so called glorified legal eagles have absolutely no conscience i have observed over the years that crimes are hardly committed against lawyers and their families in this country,i am not advocating such, whatsoever,so they have nothing to worry about, it must also be noted that a prominent attorney at law in Trinidad and Tobago was famous for representing known hardcore criminals and was against the death penalty until one of his relatives was brutally murdered, giving bail to individuals who committed murder and it was witnessed is pure folly,i am sick and tired of the so called justice system.

  8. Gearbox1964 May 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    In my view whether or not a person charged with murder should get bail should depend on the apparent nature of the killing, prior convictions, the known reputation of the person in his\her community, and whether or not the person may be a flight risk.


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