Alkaline spends night in lock-up


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    Dancehall deejay Alkaline spent last night at a Kingston lock-up following an extensive interview with detectives yesterday.

    Peter Champagnie, the deejay’s attorney, said his client has not been charged.

    He has been detained and is currently in the custody of the police. The continuation of the interview will go into tomorrow (today),” he told Splash.

    Champagnie was unable to say where his client was being held.

    Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, director of the Corporate Communications Unit — the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s information arm — said she was not in a position to say where he was being held and when the interrogation sessions would end.

    “I think based on the brief of the investigators, we are not in a position to say at this point whether he will be released or not because we don’t know what the outcome is going to be. They would be in the position to make a determination at the end of the interview, which will either be communicated through his lawyer or we will again give some update as to where we are. But it’s very early in the interview, so we have not made any determination as to what will happen just yet,” she said.

    Splash understands Alkaline is being held at the Hunts Bay Police Station in Kingston.

    She added that Alkaline (given name Earlan Bartley) had been cooperating with detectives and his level of importance in the case would be known by the end of the interview.

    Yesterday, Alkaline arrived at Area 4, Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town at 9:25 am for questioning in relation to the death of Rohan Morris. He came in a black Land Rover and was accompanied by his lawyer and two other men.

    Champagnie left at 10:50 am for a court commitment, leaving his client with detectives.

    Alkaline emerged at 11:48 am from a side door at Area Four Crime Unit and was led to a vehicle by an officer who held him by the back of his shirt. Splash understands he was to attend a second interview at the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) office at the NCB Towers on Oxford Road in St Andrew.

    According to police reports, Morris was murdered at his Maverley home in St Andrew on January 13, 2017.

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