Don’t deport him!

Killer’s son fearful of st vincent backlash

The 35-year-old son of convicted killer Arleigh Hector James who was released from prison earlier this week, wants Barbadians to forgive his father.

Having witnessed James savagely murder his mother and sister in a cutlass attack in 1994, Ashley King, said he hated his dad for several years.

Arleigh Hector James
Arleigh Hector James

However, breaking his silence today on his father’s release on Monday, King told Barbados TODAY he has since forgiven his dad and he would like Barbadians to do the same.

“Let him do his part. Let him be him and if he can’t face it out there then it is his choice  . . . he asked for forgiveness, he said he is sorry, next body to judge him is the Father,” the father of four said in an interview at his Christ Church home.

“I just want to put this behind me.”

In a fit of uncontrolled rage, James beheaded his 35-year-old wife Debra James and slashed his 14-year-old stepdaughter Sabrina Arlington to death back on May 1, 1994. However, King managed to escape unharmed after he hid beneath a bed during the vicious attack.

King, who was 13-years-old at the time, said his recollection of the attack is as vivid and chilling today as it was two decades ago.

Ashley King, who requested that his face be blurred, is appealing to Barbadians to forgive his father Arleigh James (inset).
Ashley King, who requested that his face be blurred, is appealing to Barbadians to forgive his father Arleigh James.

He recalled his mother returning home from church to a hostile James who accused her of having an affair with the pastor.

Clearly not being the first time she was facing abuse, his mother felt enough was enough and decided to leave.

The young King was asked to choose between his parents and he chose to go with his mum.

He remembered leaving to put his school uniform in the vehicle but his mother stopped him in his tracks with a chilling message.

“It isn’t your time yet,” he recalled her saying.

Almost immediately after, King would witness the share butchery that followed, and heard his mother’s cries as she asked her husband, “Are you going to kill me?”

James then turned his rage towards King and Sabrina as they ran to a neighbour’s home seeking refuge.

Sabrina distracted the out of control James as King found a hiding place, sacrificing her life for her younger brother.   

King told Barbados TODAY the experience had sent him into a downward spiral, and he became bitter and angry, so he resorted to a life of partying, smoking, drinking and gambling.

His life changed for the better, he said, following the birth of his first child and his return to church.

Over time he was able to forgive his father before visiting James in prison.

He said his father’s release came as a surprise, and he felt James, who was sentenced to hang in 1996 before the sentence was commuted to life, ought to have spent more time behind bars.

“He should have at least do 25 years, and I would feel comfortable,” King said.

James’ unceremonious return to society has generated much public consternation, and when Barbados TODAY visited Newbury,
St George, where the convicted killer previously lived, residents were clearly incensed by the decision of this island’s prison authorities to release the infamous prisoner. None was angrier than Kenneth George who said he would like nothing more than to see James, who is a Vincentian by birth, put on a plane and sent back to his neighbouring homeland. It was at George’s house that James murdered his wife and stepdaughter.

When asked about the growing calls for his dad’s deportation, King was opposed to it, telling Barbados TODAY James’ life would be a risk if he were sent back to St Vincent.

“All my family is in St Vincent and if he is deported he could be killed,” he stressed.

King told Barbados TODAY he had not had a “real” conversation with his father since his release, but he would do so in his time.

In the meantime, the memories remain and become more vivid on his sister’s birthday on New Year’s Day, his mother’s birthday on May 10, and on the anniversary of the grisly murders and his own near death experience.

“I am living with my memories,” he explained.

25 Responses to Don’t deport him!

  1. Natasha Deane
    Natasha Deane July 14, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Natalie Deane

  2. Tristan John
    Tristan John July 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    He asked that his face be blurred but still agreed to have his name published albeit, would’ve still been obvious who he was regardless…

  3. Tristan John
    Tristan John July 14, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    But I don’t understand. He is asking the public to be comfortable with the authorities letting go his father back into civilisation but yet admits that he himself wanted his father to spend at least 25 years behind bars.

  4. Lennox hewitt July 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    His life be at risk if he get send back well good send he back den .

    • miche July 16, 2016 at 4:37 am

      So what if he stays here,,,the way persons seem to feel in Newbury ,,from the report ,it seem as though there is no difference of feelings as to his safety…the only difference being,,which country he dies in

  5. Carla Miller
    Carla Miller July 15, 2016 at 12:04 am

    The more I read about this story the angrier I become. His son can be as forgiving as he wants to be. That man, his father cut off his mother’s head and hacked his sister to death. He should never have walked out of that prison alive. The punishment did not fit the gruesome horrific crime. Deport that animal back to where he was spawned. His son can forgive him from afar and go visit.

    • ch July 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm


  6. Michael J. Koeiman
    Michael J. Koeiman July 15, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Most children love both their parents. He watched one kill another. I can’t even begin to imagine what that must feel like. This man has struggled over two decades to process the memories and has a managed to reach a place of forgiveness – and all you lot can think about is how *YOU* feel about the offence … Amazing …

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria July 15, 2016 at 1:05 am

      Not true, I am also thinking about how the mother must have felt as the cutlass separated her head from her body. How the daughter must of felt being CHOPPED to pieces as she bought time for her little brother. I have a vivid imagination and I am near tears. If a paper cut can hurt so bad, can you imagine being chopped up by a cutlass, just because some wicked, misbegotten, demon spawned man couldn’t control his baser feelings? Sorry, all out of mercy. Put he on a plane back to St. Vincent. Hope some family members are there to greet him in the way he deserves.

  7. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 15, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Looka send he back do let them kill he ass down there….he should never be out of jail never.

  8. René Holder
    René Holder July 15, 2016 at 12:29 am

    I don’t know these people to have a say in their story. I can only have hope for those directly affected and wish them well. This situation remained me of this clip

  9. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul July 15, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Tristan John it seem like Ashley King is fighting with his Christian beliefs of trying to forgive. This must be the most difficult thing he have to talk about especially when he knows everything he says will be a reflection of himself. This guy really wants to say the right thing for everyone, he too have children. He said he wish his father was back in prison and that he will meet with him in his own time. This seems like he is saying what he feel HE MUST SAY for the sake of everyone including himself. Lucky for Ashley King the decision is not up to him. He don’t have to blame himself for obviously wanting this criminal back in prison and out of his sight, his conscience is clear. This poor guy could have lost his life trying to put this terrible past behind him. Thank God his kids came and give him a reason to continue on. Tax payers should not have to feed this criminal any more. The community should not have to live in fear of him spazzing out and chopping up another person. The legal system needs to do the right thing here for the general public. This is their second chance since they messed up by letting him out so early after he killed 2 people and seriously injured another. If this was a Bajan doing this horrible crime in SVG what would they have done to him. Barbados have to be firm and let immigrants know if they commit crime in Barbados, they will be deported especially when they kill someone.

  10. Nathaniel Samuels July 15, 2016 at 1:16 am

    I hope he is allowed to live out the rest of his life right here in Bim and that he becomes a model citizen, something that many of us are not. Yes, his crime was horrible but we have to forgive and pray that he is a man who could make a difference. We always have something to say when our own are deported from the USA so let us try very hard to make a difference in this man’s life and the life of all of us.

  11. Rinet Briggs
    Rinet Briggs July 15, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Why? When we go to other countries and commit crimes they deport us..soooo why should we keep him? If he repent and all is forgiven by whoever..great ..good for him..keep on living that new lease on life back in St. Vincent.

  12. Phyllis G Wallace
    Phyllis G Wallace July 15, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Great if he feels like forgiving. Why should everyone ? I’m with Bajan Trini. Let him go with the killer back to st. Vincent.

  13. jrsmith July 15, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Everyone is on about forgiving its just a stupid word , if you commit a crime its not going to be forgotten ,who is going to forgive you doesn’t matter how long this guy lives he is a for his security if he is sent back to his original home thats his problem…when the big 3 countries send our criminals back to the Caribbean they don’t send letters with them ask the island to look after they security. He should have been hanged….

    • Carson C Cadogan July 15, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Forgiveness is the only thing that leads to inner peace.

      Vengeance is mine , I will repay, saith the Lord.
      Romans 20:19.

  14. J. Payne July 15, 2016 at 7:16 am

    How would 25 years had been better???? Prison is to rehabilitate people. If he’s ready now and Barbados won’t use hanging then let him back out.

  15. Carson C Cadogan July 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I have always maintained that women are women worst enemies.

    The things they do and cause to be done to other women are astonishing.

  16. BaJan boy July 15, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Again the Judiciary or court system which we have must take the blame for this under an ignorant Attorney General. He was in prison for all these years for a capital offence as a foreigner. The laws of Barbados allow for his deportation on release. Don’t you think in a proper functioning system all of these things including his departure flight should have been properly and professionally arranged. He should not have walked out of the prison he should have been driven straight to the airport for his flight. What else happens after that is no concern of ours. We have such a senseless,immature,spirits filled,common and disrectful lunatic for an attorney general that we should all be embarrassed…

  17. Marva July 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

    “Almost immediately after, King would witness the share butchery that followed…

    Do you mean sheer as in sheer ignorance; or sheer stupidity … with sheer meaning ‘completely such, without qualification or exception” or is it that the butchery was shared by the whole family.

  18. Marva July 15, 2016 at 10:01 am

    But let me add… a shorter but better explained/written story than in other places.

  19. yvette munroe July 15, 2016 at 11:16 am



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