Another year behind bars for convicted killer

Convicted killer Arleigh Hector James will now have to reapply within the next year before he is considered for early release for the 1994 murder of his wife, Debra James and stepdaughter Sabrina Arlington.

Arleigh Hector.
Arleigh Hector.

Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson handed down this decision yesterday in the case where James, who is represented by attorneys Desmond Sands and Tariq Khan, presented the argument that his sentence until “Her Majesty’s Pleasure” was unconstitutional and should be overturned. James had originally been sentenced to hang but that was commuted in 2000.

Medical assessments had revealed that James had no psychiatric disorder at the time he committed the offence and that became one of the grounds on which Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard QC argued against James’ release at this time.

In handing down his decision, the Chief Justice said the court was “still uncomfortable with the idea that 19 years suffices as retributive justice”.

He took particular issue with the fact that it was a case of domestic violence and he made it clear that he wanted the message to be sent that the court had zero tolerance for such.

Referring to the increase in domestic violence in Barbados, Sir Marston said men ought not to feel that “a woman who spurns your love deserves death. That is not a capital offence”.

Sir Marston said the court had taken into consideration the “very mitigating factors” that had been proffered on James behalf, as well as the “very aggravating factors.”

James, who has spent the last 19 years in prison, is a prison orderly and was described by authorities as trustworthy, obedient and having good interpersonal relations with staff and inmates.

Housed in minimum security, James had also completed several Bible courses, anger management sessions, and was currently taking CXC English.

Members of his family had also offered to do all they could to assist with James’ reintegration into the wider society upon his release.

However, on the other hand some members of James’ community said they were still traumatised by the incident and would be fearful if he returned among them. They described him as violent and antagonistic.

Reports had indicated that James was scheduled to be released from prison on Monday, following the early release of Peter Forde and Orlando Lorde last Thursday for the 1995 rape and robbery of a minibus conductress in French Village, St Peter.

In 1999 Forde and Lorde were sentenced to 30 years in prison, however on appealing the sentence in 2002, their sentences were reduced to 25 years.


10 Responses to Another year behind bars for convicted killer

  1. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown July 1, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    the court has zero tolerence for domestic violence but not rape. Those men get and rape a woman and getb release early the system is some thing else. You people need too have zero tolerence for ALL crimes

  2. Jay Nisha Alleyne
    Jay Nisha Alleyne July 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    early release sh*te leave he where he is,he shudda let d ppl dead of natural causes not kill dem

  3. Rhonda R-a
    Rhonda R-a July 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    If I am correct, this happened while I was at St Leonards Girls, where his step daughter was a student, a year ahead of me. I always, always remembered that murder from hearing about it on the news. That was so sad then and its still sad now.

  4. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul July 1, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    All I can say is thank God that he would not be living next door to me. I won’t sleep at night. Who knows if or when something will cause him to flip out again. Let’s hope that he is truly a change man, for everyone sake.

  5. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer July 2, 2014 at 12:05 am

    lef dem dey

  6. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke July 2, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Bobby browne i so agree. They let out two rapist early but keep a murderer. In my eyes all two crimes deserve life behind bars or lethal injection

  7. Rhisha Catrina Cyrus
    Rhisha Catrina Cyrus July 2, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Wait he killed 2 people and only got 19 years only in Barbados

  8. Mhizz Forever Bless
    Mhizz Forever Bless July 2, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I remember this that girl was a sweet girl I remember her frm school. I so sorry them didn’t hang him he needs to b dead for wht he did.

  9. Sue Donym July 2, 2014 at 7:43 am

    If the issue is one of “her majesty’s pleasure”, then let’s sentence him to “life” in prison (meaning life in prison) for murder. That would be this “citizen’s pleasure”. The forgive and forget brigade can chew on that as they ponder how they would sleep knowing he lived in their cul de sac.

  10. Tammy July 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    This haunt me to this day…every time i pass out there i remember those gruesome murders.


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