Details relating to Dancehall artiste Alkaline’s recent detention have been revealed.
The “Badness It Name” deejay had surrendered to the police who wanted him for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris in Maverley on January 13.
Alkaline was released from police custody following a judge’s order that he be charged or released by 6:00 pm on Monday (Feb 13) after spending four days behind bars.
He was released about 3:15 pm without criminal offence charge.
Senior Parish Judge Andrea Pettigrew-Collins had made the order in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court following a habeas corpus application by Alkaline’s attorney, Peter Champagnie.
Champagnie, during his application for the deejay’s release, argued that his client had been in custody for four days without being charged, and was neither advised by the police of any pending charge.
Superintendent Mevral Smith, who was a part of the investigating team, objected to Alkaline’s release, stating that the murder case was still under investigation.
The “Object Bingo” deejay was reportedly asked 100 questions, but only responded by saying:
“I am innocent of these charges.”
Judge Andrea Pettigrew-Collins reportedly notified the officer that the entertainer was not obligated to answer any of the questions.
“You either have the evidence to charge him or you don’t,” Judge Pettigrew-Collins said.
In a seemingly last-minute effort to keep the entertainer in custody, the officer told Judge Pettigrew-Collins that the police had visited the address that the artiste had given and was not convinced that that was his rightful home address, as there was nothing to indicate that he lived there.
However, Champagnie quickly reassured the judge that the force would have no difficulty in finding his client.
After confirming with the police that Alkaline is a well-known artiste in Jamaica, the judge ignored the officer’s concerns.
“I would think that schoolchildren would be able to find him if they really needed to,” the judge to the officer.
Alkaline, whose given name is Earlon Bartley, has been in custody since last week Thursday (Feb 9).
Since his release, the Jamaican deejay has been silent on about being locked up for days without charge. His atterney, however, told media reports that police wanted a continued detention of his client beyond that the judge had specified.
“They were hoping that the extension would have granted, perhaps into the following week,” Champagnie told Entertainment Report.
Alkaline’s attorney voiced that the deejay simply utilized his constitutional rights during his interrogation.
He also highlighted that the police crossed the boundary in the sense that his client’s detention was unnecessary, unwarranted and could have been handled differently.
When asked if he expects the police to target Alkaline again, the lawyer dismissed the speculation.
“I don’t think that it is going to resurrect itself again,” said Champagnie.
The deejay is known for hits songs like “City,” “Afterall,” “Fleek,” “Formula,” and “Extra Lesson.”