PM pays respect to late DPP

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today described the late Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock as a “devoted public officer and a great lawyer”.

Stuart’s comments came more than a week after Leacock’s untimely death in Orlando, Florida where he underwent prostate surgery on July 8. He was 59.

In a statement issued today by the Barbados Government Information Service, the Prime Minister, who is a trained attorney-at-law, noted that he first met Leacock back in 1982 at Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.

He also said they had fought many legal battles together, including the first criminal case in Barbados to be decided on the basis of DNA evidence, which Stuart suggested might have put them both in the record books in the West Indian Law Reports.

Stuart explained that after the necessary affidavit evidence was put together in that case, they had appeared before the Court of Appeal of Barbados, presided over by Sir David Simmons and with Leacock’s full cooperation the matter was brought to a successful conclusion.

At the time, Prime Minister Stuart was a defence lawyer, while Leacock served  as a prosecutor and later moved up the ranks to DPP.

Leacock would go on to serve 20 years before his death.

In expressing condolences to Leacocks family, including his wife Betty June and two sons Donald and Brian, Stuart said  he and Leacock had enjoyed many good times together.

Donald Leacock was overcome with emotion while viewing his father’s body.

His statement comes ahead of tomorrow’s funeral service at the Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angels.

Today, Leacock’s body reposed at the Lyndhurst Funeral home, where many of his former colleagues and members of the diplomatic community turned up to pay their last respects.

Among them Magistrate Douglas Frederick, United States Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela, Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault and the Organisation of American States’ representative to Barbados Francis McBarnette.

The mood was sombre as many family members openly shed tears for Leacock.

His body is to be cremated following tomorrow’s service.

14 Responses to PM pays respect to late DPP

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 21, 2017 at 4:14 am

    our lives are ah vapor…this gentleman was just up and running….now he lays knowing nothing

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    • Asha Skeete
      Asha Skeete July 21, 2017 at 4:52 am

      So true . I’m still in shock and sad . Life is so fragile yet we make it so hard sometimes .

      Reply
    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Asha Skeete you are so rght

      Reply
    • Rechelle July 21, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Humility is the key to life.

      Reply
  2. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt July 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

    So right

    Reply
  3. Michelle Watts
    Michelle Watts July 21, 2017 at 5:10 am

    May he RIP

    Reply
  4. Ryan Rowe
    Ryan Rowe July 21, 2017 at 5:27 am

    R.I.P Sir.

    Reply
  5. Shantelle Yearwood
    Shantelle Yearwood July 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    R.I.P

    Reply
  6. Bernadette Austin
    Bernadette Austin July 21, 2017 at 8:06 am

    RIP

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  7. lswiltshire July 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

    it is written in Ezekiel 18 THE SOUL THAT SINNETH IT SHALL DIE
    IN ROMANS IT SAYS
    THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH
    ALL HAVE SINNED

    WE ALL SIN WE WILL ALL DIE
    ACCEPT IT PREPARE FOR IT AND LEAVE OUT THE LONG TALK

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    • The Elephant July 21, 2017 at 9:57 am

      And to continue the context of that verse, but the gift of God is eternal life…Death is not a permanent state it is a transitory phase and to those who believe what a beautiful transition it will be.

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  8. Milli Watt July 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

    and I concur………he was not perfect but he need not be as a father, husband and friend after all he is JUST A MAN in the end.

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  9. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed July 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Took 7 days for the PM to say something bout the DPP(according to the article)…..Took him 2 hours to send condolences 4000 nm to London….go figure….RIP and blessings to the family

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  10. Jus me July 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Dem all dam glad he gone,so lotsa sweet words.
    All he did know bout dem now long gone.
    More muck in Bim , covered.
    Never in my days saw one good thing bout this individual.
    No tears.
    Barbados a cleaner place today!!

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