Barbados free to deport convicted killer – Gonsalves

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines has defended Barbados’ right to deport convicted murderer Arleigh Hector James back to his homeland.

James received an early release from prison last week after serving 22 years of a life sentence for beheading his 35-year-old wife Debra James and slashing his 14-year-old stepdaughter Sabrina to death in a savage cutlass attack back on May 1, 1994. His son Ashley King, who was 13-years-old at the time, escaped death by hiding beneath a bed.

Arleigh Hector James
Arleigh Hector James

Since James’, release residents of Newbury, St George, where he previously lived, have made it clear they do not want him back, and there have been growing calls for the 59-year-old to be sent back to St Vincent and the Grenadines, where he was born.

Gonsalves would not discuss the issue in any detail, saying while he was aware of the case, he had not heard from the authorities here.

However, the Vincentian leader told Barbados TODAY Bridgetown had the right to deport James if authorities wished to do so.

While Gonsalves did not link the calls for James’ deportation to the vexing issue of criminal deportees from the United States and other developed countries, he said this was a perennial concern of regional leaders.

Just last week attorney-at-law and Opposition politician Edmund Hinkson made the connection in an address to prospective job trainees at the Weston Community Centre in St James.

“When Canada and America send back people who serve their time – Barbadians who served their time in jails in Canada or America – we vex with them. Now we doing the same thing,” Hinkson said at the time.

The issue of criminal deportees had come under the spotlight earlier when St Lucian prime minister Allen Chastanet voiced concerns over the impact it was having on crime in the Caribbean.

Gonsalves told Barbados TODAY he was pleased that the new St Lucian prime minister had joined other Caribbean leaders who, over the years, had complained that the practice was hurting the region.

Dr Ralph Gonsalves
Dr Ralph Gonsalves

“The problem is that when they deport them they don’t give us their full particulars, what are the antecedents, what are the details of the crime for which they were sentenced and then deported; what their record is so that we can do a better job of reincorporating them into society. And of course we get no resources in respect of having them to come back into our society in some structured, organized way,” Gonsalves stated.

The prime minister also noted that while some of the deportees were law-abiding, there were those who engaged in criminal activity, either directly or indirectly.

“When you look at it, of course there are some deportees who are recidivists when they come back to their home countries they commit crimes.  Some of them do not but you can’t only measure it by those who do not. You have to look at what is their influence in that subculture of crime even though they themselves are not committing [crimes] themselves, the advice is to pass on. And police forces will tell you that.

“Some of them of course, realize the error of their ways and in a new environment try to pick up the pieces of their lives, but a lot of them don’t do that,” Gonsalves said.

4 Responses to Barbados free to deport convicted killer – Gonsalves

  1. Lennox hewitt July 19, 2016 at 6:38 am

    So when i can get my taxi friend drop James to d Airport ?

  2. BimJim July 19, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Now there’s a piece of arrogance combined with a scramble for the spotlight. Of course Barbados has a right to deport the non-national, AND St. Vincent – his birthplace – has no right to refuse him. Does the USA ask first when they deport criminals to anywhere, including the Caribbean? No, they provide notification that the deportee will be on a particular flight, and your officials may want to meet them. But Comrade Marx always has to have every possible photo-op and irrelevantly insert his nose and put his mouth on every matter. “All HOGs are equal, but some HOGs are more equal than others.” Jeez, he is even starting to look like one…

  3. harry turnover July 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Barbados WILL deport the MURDERER and it has NOTHING whatsoever to do with Gonsalves saying that Barbados is free to do so
    Let the family of wife whose head he CHOPPED OFF DEAL WID THAT MURDERER…let them tell he ” don’t hide YOU NEXT”

    “When Canada and America send back people who serve their time – Barbadians who served their time in jails in Canada or America – we vex with them. Now we doing the same thing,” Hinkson said at the time.” WHAT ??…this happens in the REAL WORLD…..the BIBLE says ” THOU SHALL NOT KILL “…and he en KILL ????
    Looks as though you don’t want that MURDERER deported …looks as though you expect an increase in votes in the next election …looks as though you are opposed to what MANY
    BAJANS want…..looks as though you only looking for good
    name….make him your campaign manager then.

  4. eddy murray July 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

    All I can say to this, that Mr James would be just one less former murder of the 20 that were release from prison that would not be here. So you have 30 murders on bail and some 15 former murders that are release back into the society, plus some from other countries.


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