Alkaline looking forward to his release - deejay spent last night in jail

February 10, 2017


Attorney Peter Champagnie has indicated that he is prepared to go to court to press for the release of dancehall artiste Alkaline, who slept in jail last night.

The deejay was locked up yesterday after he turned himself into investigators who are probing a case of murder.

The entertainer, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, along with his attorney, reported to the Area 4 Headquarters yesterday morning, where he was questioned in relation to an ongoing murder probe.

Alkaline was later taken to the Criminal Investigation Branch for further questioning.

"He has professed his innocence to them and as best as he could, gave co-operation in terms of their investigations," Champagnie told THE WEEKEND STAR.




The attorney said that the process is at a "delicate stage", and said he would not pre-empt the police's next move.

He, however, said that Alkaline is "optimistic, he is resolute in terms of his innocence, and he is looking forward to his release."

"The investigation and the interviews continue into tomorrow (today). I certainly will be pressing for his release, if he is not charged within the stipulated time allowed," the lawyer added.

Under the law, the police can hold a person without charge for up to 24 hours.

Champagnie said he understands that the police are assessing the outcome of the interview.

"The law allows them for a period of detention, and, in the circumstances, I will just have to assess the position that they take tomorrow, and, if necessary, I will know what to do."

The police, meanwhile, have been tight-lipped about the question-and-answer session.

"He is still with us. He will be with us for tonight," was about all Senior Superintendent of Police Clinton Laing was prepared to say.

The police on Tuesday said Alkaline was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan 'Head' Morris of Maverley, St Andrew.

The murder took place on January 13.

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