Father of two successfully defends himself in High Court
From the Courts
May 20, 2022
Father of two successfully defends himself in High Court

A FORMER security guard and father of two can now breathe a huge sigh of relief after representing himself and being acquitted at the High Court on aggravated burglary and wounding charges.

Campden Park resident, Akeilo ‘Baby D’ Matthews was found not guilty by a nine member jury on May 17 after a full trial, during which he defended himself without the help of a lawyer.

The 25-year-old father of two was working as a security guard when he was charged that on October 13, 2017, in Campden Park, he entered the house of Javill Williams carrying with him a cutlass. Also, that he wounded Williams on the same date and place.

Matthews told the jury that he never broke into Williams’ house but that he was attacked by Williams on his way home from a function in the area and he had to use a cutlass that he was carrying at the time to defend himself. From information from other sources it would seem that Williams has been suspected to have mental health issues.

Since then Matthews has lost his job. He says that the accusation caused damage to his character and state of well-being. Now that he has been freed of the charges he says he is “just focusing on getting his life back on track”.

Therefore, he is asking for the public’s support to help with securing a job to help him with his financial obligations.

“If anyone can help, please do,” the father of two asks.

Matthews says that he leaves Williams, “in the hands of God because only God can help him.”