Murder accused wins $50,000 payout

FREEPORT- A man accused of murder, who remained in custody for six days after his bail was signed, has been awarded $50,000 in damages.

Anthony Dames, 21, sued for unlawful detention in breach of his constitutional rights.

The government’s lawyers admitted liability, conceding there was “no good reason” for Dames’ continued incarceration after his bail had been signed.

Acting Assistant Registrar Dawson Malone assessed the damages.

Dames was charged with murder in the May 29, 2017 stabbing death of Rudolph Livingston at Eight Mile Rock.

On March 14, 2019, a judge granted him $9,000 bail with two sureties and ordered him fitted with an electronic monitoring device.

Dames’ bail was signed the following day. Despite this, the court sent Dames back to prison. Dames remained there until March 21 when he was fitted with an ankle bracelet.

The government has agreed to pay $60,000 for Dames’ legal costs.

Simeon Brown represented Dames. Eurika Wilkinson-Coccia, Anishka Missick, John Trevor Kemp represented the government.