Sunday 21 January, 2018

Remand for murder accused in Rihanna's cousin's case

Shawayne Williams

Shawayne Williams

Days after the Boxing Day killing of Rihanna's cousin, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, a neatly clad young man appeared before the courts charged with his murder.

Flanked by officers that led him across the District 'A' Magistrates' Courtroom, Shawayne Dashawn Williams, 23 years of White Hall #1, St. Michael stood in the dock around noon today. Magistrate Douglas Frederick read the details of the capital offence.

Williams was not required to plead to the indictable charge and was remanded until January 31. He towered over the officer that led him to the area where the prison bus waited.

He was represented by Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim and associates.

The shooting death of the 21-year-old of Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael garnered emotional response from his cousin Grammy-Award winning Barbadian singer Rihanna and other family members online. They expressed great sadness at the violent killing of the young man.

Rihanna spent Christmas Day with Alleyne and recalled the moment as she paid tribute to him on Instagram.

The post read: "RIP cousin... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!"

It was accompanied by a picture of the two in a playful embrace.

The singer ended the post with #endgunviolence, a clear call for the end of gun crimes which have rocked the nation in the past months. They were 23 gun-related murders last year.

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Alleyne's sister, Tanella Alleyne also shared touching messages via social media.

It was around 7:00 pm, on Tuesday the 26th day of December 2017 that Alleyne lost his life whilst at Eden Lodge, St. Michael.

Alleyne was walking through a track in the area of his house when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene. He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by a private vehicle, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

23-y-o charged with the murder of Rihanna's cousin Tavon Alleyne

[Original post: January 3, 2018, 11:38 am]

The Royal Barbados Police Force has made a breakthrough in relation to their investigations into the last murder of 2017.

Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, 21 years of Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael was the victim of a shooting incident on Boxing Day.

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Police have arrested and formally charged Shawayne Dashawn Williams, 23 years of White Hall #1, St. Michael, for the murder of Tavon Alleyne, 21 years of Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael, which occurred sometime around 7:00 pm, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, whilst at Eden Lodge, St. Michael. 

Rihanna's younger cousin, Alleyne, was walking through a track in the area of his new home when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene. Alleyne was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by a private vehicle, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

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This was Alleyne's first Christmas in his new home with his older sister and younger brother. Tanella Alleyne, broke down at the Hospital when she saw her brother. On social media, she said that she is only comforted by the fact that he will now be with her twin sister and their mother.

Alleyne had spent the Christmas Day and night with his family. Rihanna said that she could not believe she had hours earlier hugged him for the last time.

Williams is expected to appear in the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court today, Wednesday, January 3, 2018.