Murder times three

by Sandra Downes

In the midst of cries throughout the country about violence and our youth, yet another young man appeared in a Bridgetown Court today charged with five serious offences, including three murders.

Michael Kenan Blackett, of Block 2C Flat Rock, St George is accused of murdering Ashem Telemaque, Kemar Leacock and Charles Ellis this year. Further, the 21-year-old is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Tremayne Blenman and Shawn Lorde this year as well.

Ellis was shot at Ashby Alley, Nelson Street, The City on May 5 and later succumbed to his injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on May 27.

Leacock died after being shot at Bottom Close, Wildey, St Michael and Telemaque was shot on May 5 at Pump It Up Bar in Fordes Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael.

Michael Kenan Blackett as he was leaving court today.
Michael Kenan Blackett as he was leaving court today.

In relation to the other charges, Blackett faces two more counts of unlawfully wounding Shawn Lorde on August 4 and Tremayne Blenman on January 22. Lorde was reportedly shot in the chest while at Pump It Up Bar, while Blenman also suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Accused Blackett, with hair plaited in four corn-rows and donning a short-sleeved grey shirt and a black jeans, stood calmly and looked extremely relaxed in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court dock as Magistrate Graveney Bannister read each charge to him. At times he rubbed his palms together or tucked the back of his shirt into his pants and at one point, broke into a broad smile.

On one occasion when he rested his hands on the dock though, the magistrate instructed him to “stand properly”.

As he stood in a somewhat slouched position, Blackett occasionally looked toward two women who were in the courtroom and mouthed to them several times, “Don’t cry”.

The murder-accused was escorted into the courtroom by plain-clothes police officers but when he was leaving, the accused man took the time while at the top of the court step to acknowledge the small gathering in the courtyard.

The prisoner appeared under heavy police escort.
The prisoner appeared under heavy police escort.

He struck a quick pose as he placed the tips of his thumbs together and pointed his forefingers upward before being hustled into a waiting vehicle.

“I got you back, Mikie” and “Stay strong” were sentiments which came from among the women gathered outside as police accompanied him to the vehicle.

Blackett was remanded and the matter transferred to Magistrates’ Court No. 2 for November 23.

He was represented by attorney-at-law Sian Lange.

Queries made among attorneys and police officers revealed that none of them could recall any occasion when a person had been accused of three murders.

Even though the Campus Trendz incident where six young women lost their lives in a fire came to mind – and for which two teenagers were later charged – no one interviewed could remember one accused being charged with separate counts of murder.

27 Responses to Murder times three

  1. Shawn Hall
    Shawn Hall November 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Sad is how the law is it wants revamping

  2. Shantelle Yearwood
    Shantelle Yearwood November 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Wow took innocent lives 3 times a murderer he want life imprisonment or death no much less sad to say

  3. Shawn Hall
    Shawn Hall November 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Winston hall ait murder a boy an get put to hang an men killing an getting five yrs remand an seven to do time so they not scared to kill no one

  4. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan November 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Got to bring back the hangman!

  5. Tristan John
    Tristan John November 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Soooo what’s the market price for a murder these days?!

  6. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks November 17, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Damn he is a hit man

  7. jrsmith November 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Don’t you cry son, don’t you worry, BPF have your ass. your ass is grass. DONE.

  8. Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla
    Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla November 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I would like to meet who raised him, just to beat them unmercifully with a whip. As for him want he neck popping!

  9. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor November 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    What really wrong .with the youth doa????

  10. dave November 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Wait ! he crying ? Why he face look so ? The Police ?
    Wait ! he is ah idiot or wuh ?
    Wuh is dah in ‘e hand ?

  11. Alex Alleyne November 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    “Hit Man”

  12. Alex Alleyne November 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I take it as if one needed a ‘favour’ done , you call this guy and consider it done.
    Hope the LAW does the same to him.

  13. Walter Prescod November 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    People like him should be hung, or shot.
    Then the others would get the message
    that Barbados is for the people and not for thugs.

  14. carson c cadogan November 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm


    SCORES of police officers were in the District ‘A’ Criminal Court yard yesterday, as a St. Michael vendor appeared in court under heavy police escort, on four murder charges arising from a string of alleged incidents, one of which dates back to just over four years ago.

    Mark Ralford Beckles, of #25 Angle House, Bay Street is accused of murdering three young women and one man between 1999 and 2003.

    The 28-year-old man was not required to plead to the strictly indictable charges when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Criminal Court No. 2 before Magistrate Pamela Beckles.

    The accused is charged with murdering Byron Rawline of Inch Marlow, Christ Church, between May 23-26, 1999, as well as Sherry-Ann Alleyne of Balls Land, Christ Church, whose body was found in a Christ Church cart road on September 8, 2002. Additionally, he is accused of killing Shona Sealy, whose body was found at her father’s Vauxhall Hall, Christ Church home on October 8, 2002

    The vendor has also been charged with the more recent murder of 24-year-old Ginelle Humphrey, whose body was found bound and gagged at her McClean’s Gap, Brittons Hill, St. Michael home earlier this month.

    Meanwhile, Beckles is also accused of two other offences, to which he was also not required to plead.

    The first was that he recklessly engaged in conduct that placed Shana Lewis in danger of death or serious bodily harm on December 13, last year.

    In addition, he is charged with entering the home of Winfred Small of Silver Hill, Christ Church and stealing property to the value of $493.

    The accused has been remanded to Glendairy Prison until July 23 on the Humphrey matter, while the others have been transferred to the District “B” Mgistrate’s Court.


    THURSDAY JUNE 26, 2003

  15. lennox hewitt November 17, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    he is a murderer fa hired

  16. jrsmith November 18, 2015 at 6:29 am

    @Carson,C,C, hail, hail, I like reading your comments, but you do talk some crap sometimes. about modern world, we no longer living in the jungle , are you awake, black on black crime , around the world , accounts for 90% of all murders ,especially at weekends, Friday to Saturdays.
    Your favourite , ex colony , the USA, still , execute killers. I don’t think you are one of these persons , saying this rubbish, because you , was never effected by loosing someone to this criminal act, my friend ,hope nothing like this, ever effects you.

  17. dave November 18, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Carson Cadogan’s son shelf life expired in October 2010 so she does not care about a fella – Yes -She – Ask me how I know

  18. Kayai Kamara November 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I understand what Carson is saying and I agree 100% with him. The death penalty is antiquated and has no place in todays world. I also agree that hanging is cruel and inhumane punishment & that our laws must reflect the modern world in which we live. All this I agree with.

    However, I also believe that murder also is antiquated and has no place in todays world and that murdering someone is cruel and inhumane. I believe that as we are not living in the jungle that people should not be killing people like animals & their actions must reflect the modern world in which we live.

    So…what Carson is actually saying (& what I agree with) is that when we get rid of the antiquated, cruel & inhumane act of murder, then we should get rid of the antiquated, cruel & inhumane death penalty. But for now, there is no problem with implementing a antiquated & cruel inhumane sentence for an antiquated, cruel & inhumane crime that have no place in todays world.

  19. Menace II Babylon November 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    You speak on revamping laws like it’s a walk in the park. Snap of a finger and it happens. People can be quite emotional and a Capital One Offence is the biggest of them all further more three alleged murders. Following an Old Goth Sytle of retributive justice it is not as easy as we think it is. You want hang, you want inject, you want cat o nine tails etc and none of these are a deterrent to murder. Statistically and morally it serves no purpose as an active deterrent to someone thinking before they commit an act or brutality.

    We think it is easy to dispose of a life rather than have them be fed at the taxpayers expense and I can assure you being alive in a cell of Death row is no existence. Our tax money is wasted every day on even more ridiculous things than feeding those that are incarcerated.

    Public opinion to give us the idea we are in total control of our justice system when we are not. Mankind will do what they want to do regardless. Do you honestly believe that jus before you squeeze or chop you will stop and study capital punishment? Your next thought is keeping quiet and escape or at least rational people possess those thoughts. Even in Amerikkka, you still got sometimes 15 years of appeals before you get execute. You all angry and want this and want that and amnesty in the same bed you want do a rash of things and amnesty all wrap up in wanna sheets begging you to scotch round on the single bed.

    I aint no lover of Fraudell but he needs to follow his intentions and make the country republic. Put the power back in the hands of the people and do away with the queen, sack the governor general (free loader on the publics purse) and get rid of that colonial slave system and institute real independence with some changes in our legislative process. The power and authority of government comes from the people, not some supreme authority colonial mind-set of belief. You held until the queens pardon like she cares. You may be an economic prat but one thing I want you do is to follow that through. In life surprises are minimal.

    We would have one time blamed the deportees, heck blame the Jamaicans, Nah the GT’s nah blame parents, Blame the teachers, and blame the school or the Church. When there is no scape goat that is visible we come to the realisation that we can produce people who are immoral. It is amazing to see that there is no scapegoat that Barbados produces real home grown evil.

    I have been the victim of a very violent crime and I was not lucky just not my time yet. I have lost a few to violent incidents and despite the emotions and sorrow, death is a hard thing to deal with and people want justice which is understandable. I am more for extended periods institutionalized or life meaning natural life than killing. Don’t shoot the messenger.

    • Vernon Chandler November 25, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      First of all, why do people always speak about the death penalty as tho it is supposed to be deterrent. Ok, a prison sentence is not a deterrent, yet we give prison sentences very day. The death penalty, like all sentences, is a punishment. In fact it is called Capital PUNISHMENT. To abolish the death penalty because it do not deter murder is like abolishing prison sentences because they do not deter robberies & rape & all the other crimes out there.

      Secondly. How do you or anyone kno that the death penalty do not deter murder. U all hear people spout this nonsense & u just repeat it like parrots without using your brains & thinking for yourselves. Let me say that if one person decide not to kill someone because they believe that they will be caught & put to death, then that is one less victim, one less family to mourn, maybe one less child that still have a parent. Until someone can say conclusively that the thought of being given the death penalty do not stop at least one person from pausing & thinking twice, then no one can say that it is not a deterrent.

      Thirdly in absolutely no country in this world at any time in any era have power & authority been truly given to the people. That is the ideal of every system from Communism to Marxism to Capitalism. They always say that it is all for the ‘people’…for the masses. Nonsense. The masses are always the tools. Their only purpose other than working hard & dying is to be used by a small elite group who hold the power & the wealth.
      I really suggest that u read Animal Farm by George Orwell.

      Fourthly, when a country go from independent to a Republic, there is still a figure-head freeloading Head of State. He/She is called the President. Do not be misled by the role of the US President & the President of a Republic. Two different roles altogether.

      Finally, u speak of a murderer in the US having several appeals. U see, that is the real problem with our system. We only see the murderer. We fight for the murderer. We fight for their rights. They get the appeals to live. But u kno what I find interesting? Not once do those who advocate for the murderer’s right to live ever focus on the victim. So I ask u, what about the victim’s rights? What about the victim’s right to live too? How many appeals did the victim have? How many appeals should she have before she is savagely slaughtered & dumped in a well?

      The difference between me & u is that while u point the finger at the government & castigate them for killing a murderer, I point the finger at the murderer who CHOSE to put his own self in the position they are in. For remember, if they had chose not to murder that innocent victim, they would be no need for this argument today.


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