Fidel Nikomo Alleyne confessed to police that he was so blinded by love for his co-conspirator Malissa Carla Griffith that he took the life of 22-year-old Lamar Carter between February 9 and 10, 2015.
Alleyne and Griffith pleaded guilty to murder under the amended Offences Against the Persons Act 2018. The two would be the first accused persons to do so.
The two confessed murderers yesterday afternoon took responsibility for the shooting death of 22-year-old Lamar Carter which occurred between February 9 and 10, 2015.
It had been a legal tradition that accused, who faced charges of murder, were unable to plead guilty to that offence as it carried a mandatory death sentence.
However, in 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that a section of the Offences Against The Person Act, which allowed for that mandatory death sentence, was unconstitutional, and that Section 11 of the Constitution, which gave the right to the protection of the law, was enforceable.
Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman in accepting the pleas on behalf of the Crown in the No. 3 Supreme Court before Justice Carlisle Greaves explained that he had discussed the case with the Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC and they both agreed that this type of murder in accordance with No. 32 of 2018 which amended the Offences Against the Persons Act Chapter 141. As it relates to punishment at Section 2 Subsection 1does not attract the death sentence.
He then revealed to the court the details of what occurred before Carter, formerly of Spring Farm, St Thomas, was found dead in a car at Lancaster, St James.
Blackman told the sitting that Carter and Griffith were involved in a “troublesome” relationship. Investigations showed, that Griffith suffered physical abuse at Carter’s hand and would discuss the abuse with Alleyne with whom she eventually also had a relationship.
During one of those discussions, Griffith indicated that she wanted Alleyne to do something for her.
“Based on the statements and police investigations, Griffith really wanted Alleyne to permanently take care of Carter,” Blackman said.
Investigations showed that the two planned to lure Carter to an area on the premise of conducting “certain business”. Griffith furnished Alleyne with Carter’s number and arrangements were made for the parties to meet in the area of Bagatelle, St Thomas.
Carter borrowed a friend’s car to get to the area while Alleyne met him armed with cable ties and a firearm.
They then left the area and while travelling along a road in St James, Alleyne ordered Carter to stop and get out the car at gunpoint. A confrontation followed and led to Alleyne hitting Carter with a stone. Alleyne then overpowered Carter, bound him, placed him in the trunk of the motorcar and drove off. He stopped the car again when he heard a cellular phone ringing.
“When he went to the trunk and opened it, the obvious happened. Carter bolted and Alleyne gave chase, aimed the firearm in his direction and Carter was shot. Alleyne then took Carter from the area . . . placed him inside the car and drove off.”
At one point Alleyne sought the help of a relative on what to do. “The plan was to purchase some gasoline and light the car with the body and dispose of whatever evidence there was.”
However police on duty approached Alleyne and his relative while they were checking the source of scraping sound coming from the car. They drove off after being questioned but one of the officers realized that the substance which he had seen on Alleyne’s pants appeared to be blood and the police gave chase. The two were able to evade the cops. Alleyne was later caught at the Grantley Adams International airport where he was about to purchase a ticket to New York.
Acting Deputy DPP Blackman explained that during that deadly incident Griffith was in Guyana, which was part of plan. She was detained on her return to Barbados and interviewed.
A postmortem attributed Carter’s death to a gunshot to the head, he told the court.
The prosecutor also disclosed that while police discovered physical evidence during their investigations, the gun was never found. Alleyne told police he lost the weapon during his escape.