Man accused of murdering Rihanna’s cousin held

A St Michael man has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds in connection with the shooting death on Boxing Day of the cousin of Barbadian superstar Rihanna.

This afternoon Shawayne DaShawn Williams, of Whitehall #1, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, charged with the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Alleyne on December 26, 2017.

Attorneys-at-law Rashida Edwards and Angella Mitchell-Gittens of Pilgrim and Associates represented the 23-year-old accused, who showed no emotion as the charges were read out to him.

However, he was not required to plead to the indictable offence and was remanded until January 31, 2018.

Today, a number of curious onlookers were gathered outside of the court, including two of the victim’s sisters.

On the fateful day, Alleyne was walking through a track near his home at Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St Michael, when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times. The assailant then fled the scene.

The victim was rushed by private vehicle to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Since then Rihanna has added her voice to the chorus of calls for an end to rising gun violence on the island, in the wake of 30 murders, including 23 that were gun-related last year.

37 Responses to Man accused of murdering Rihanna’s cousin held

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan January 3, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    You stupid stupid man!

  2. Skilnic Skyy
    Skilnic Skyy January 4, 2018 at 12:25 am

    He can only be referred to as ‘Rihanna cousin’? He ain’t nobody on he own?

    • Nicole Clarke
      Nicole Clarke January 4, 2018 at 12:37 am

      It don’t seem so. Foolishness. As if he doesn’t have a name.

    • Karen Sampson-Rock
      Karen Sampson-Rock January 4, 2018 at 12:55 am

      OK then!

    • jennifer January 4, 2018 at 4:42 am

      The thing is that you people keep missing the point. This whole unfortunate situation has absolutely nothing to do with the victim, this is about popularity, money, world media recognition, capitalization/opportunism and the like. This victim is just a good herring/harbinger. This case will be FULLY covered for all that it brings. Sad really. And this will include policing, media, judiciary etc. The whole world is a stage.

      • jennifer January 4, 2018 at 4:52 am

        This is similar to a “royal” wedding as opposed to a common fowl wedding. Mind you SOCIETY has well created those levels and divide mechanisms. Notice the crowd already gathering in the court yard. This whole fiasco will be about cookie eating, nothing more – nothing less.

      • Bajan-At-Large January 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm

        Absolutely true.

    • Katrina Sobers
      Katrina Sobers January 4, 2018 at 4:45 am

      I was wondering the same thing.

    • Caroline Boxill
      Caroline Boxill January 4, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Its true .

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy January 4, 2018 at 6:15 am

      His name IS Rhianna Cousin. Strange surname but hey….

    • nisha January 4, 2018 at 8:36 am

      i’ve been asking my self the seem question …. he like he aint got no name stupes

  3. Aisha Taen Newton
    Aisha Taen Newton January 4, 2018 at 1:12 am

    The young men has a name and should be called by it. I get the interest because of who he was related to but at some point you need to respect that he wasn’t defined by his relative.

    • Staci Sweet
      Staci Sweet January 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Oh geezus okay then!!!! He HAD one until they found out he was related to her!! Sickening!!!

  4. Michael Reid
    Michael Reid January 4, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Pop he neck nuh

    • jennifer January 4, 2018 at 4:53 am

      Why??? just curious.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 4, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Again BT!

  6. 3rdsun January 4, 2018 at 6:27 am

    His mother is a prison officer so he gine get treat real good up there

    • harry turnover January 4, 2018 at 7:31 am

      You really feel so ? you in see wha happen to other Prison officers that tried to help other prisoners ? furthermore she doesn’t own de Prison.
      She herself might be under more scrutiny.Wha ya gine do now Shawayne ? who bragging now that they got a gun ? ya life mash up now…ya freedom cut ..ya FIDIOT !! at least ya gine SEE ya mudda almost every day now when she pass and shout ya in ya cell or in the lunch room, so ya might still feel at home.
      ….but when she retire,ya RH gine still be in dey…who do you think informed the POLICE ?…your FRIENDS that YOU used to hang out wid EVERY DAY and they laughing at ya RH all like now

  7. Jason A. Tull
    Jason A. Tull January 4, 2018 at 8:12 am

    D mam got a name….he id card got on rihanna cousin? Stupes

  8. Cornelius Wendel Joseph
    Cornelius Wendel Joseph January 4, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Doesn’t man have name.

  9. Bernard Mccollin
    Bernard Mccollin January 4, 2018 at 8:27 am

    My fellow BARBADIANS please use your commonsense

  10. Bernard Mccollin
    Bernard Mccollin January 4, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Thats how the world of celebrities work if u were one it would be the same, why do people worry about such frivolous things. Does it really matter . Seems to me that my people yes I’m a PROUD BARBADIAN just doesn’t appreciate ehat this young lady does for us as a nation i saw her @ HARVARD UNIVERSITY & she was so proud to speak of her little island . Give a damn BREAK & embrace her

    • kk January 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      i lost!!!! wah rihanna do for me again???? y’all need to get off the fact that the victim was family to her and focus on the fact that the FIDIOT that “allegedly” kill him is well known to the court and jail and each time he go in he extra quick to come right back out!!!! Study that!!!

  11. hcalndre January 4, 2018 at 8:41 am

    This mother and family have to find at least $50.000 plus for the attorneys, I think they should get a legal-aid and be contented with the result but he is still innocent until proven guilty.

  12. Kerri John
    Kerri John January 4, 2018 at 9:08 am

    If Wunna read the article his name is there big and bold first and last name

  13. Big Man January 4, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Bajans real educated but lack common sense, now them can’t read

    This afternoon Shawayne DaShawn Williams, of Whitehall #1, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, charged with the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Alleyne on December 26, 2017.

  14. Big Man January 4, 2018 at 9:57 am

    All thee young men in Bim heading off to prison
    free food, Board and lodging, no real, real, work to do
    Then all the young women got to check for the Old Men and Big Men like me

  15. Greengiant January 4, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Now you all are getting the true picture of the media. A media house will milk every story for what it’s worth.

    They will use her name everything this is published, for various purposes too. Some for destructive purposes, some for political purposes, some for financial gain. Whatever the reason the media will use the most attractive person, place or thing in a story to sell, and resell it. It’s journalistic opportunity.

  16. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond January 4, 2018 at 10:49 am

    You call it pop star worship. We must all fall down in obeisance before those who light up the pop stage, especially in a big, white country, and put them at the centre of everything.

  17. Andrew King January 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    30 murders in Barbados for 2017, way too much for a small island, I live in Boston a major US city which I think had 52 murders for 2017 and that was too high, Barbados got to wake up and stop the guns from entering the island point blank.

  18. Alex Alleyne January 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    BIG problem for you star, you now in DODDS and will become someone “girlfriend”.
    Enjoy the “ride” from 2:30 to 3:30 am………Happy- Hour ya-all.

  19. Nadata Inverary
    Nadata Inverary January 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Pure evil

  20. John Downes
    John Downes January 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Barbados Today, I am sure you know the name of the murder victim. His name is NOT Rihanna’s Cousin.

  21. Carlisle Norville January 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Allex Alleyne, you talking nuff crap, you hear about prison you don’t really know what happens in prison,( any prison officer would tell you homosexuality is NOT encouraged in prison ,( if that joker really killed Rihanna’s cousin, he is in the right place to be dealt with prison officer or no prison officer, if he is to pay for what he did the boys will get to him, he either dies in prison, or when he comes out .he is now on contract, Allex Alleyne that is how it works not the crap you coming with .

  22. Kelly Brasier- Gray
    Kelly Brasier- Gray January 4, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Motive? Curious why? Not just this incident but all

  23. Big man January 4, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Anybody know if this is the same person

  24. kk January 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    same damn one, pull up his name and find about 4 more stories, d man wreckless and should have his own private residence in DODDS!!!!!


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