ALLISON HELEN ALEXANDER-LOVELL, an attorney convicted in Barbados of Professional Misconduct, in the theft of $165,000 from a client, presently serving an 18-month suspension from the practise of law, and whose disciplinary case was on appeal, was killed, together with her husband and two small children, when an explosion rocked their home around 3:30 AM, causing a major fire. There were no survivors.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined, as of the date of this article, but many local Bajans believe it to be a suicide, due to the shame she reportedly was feeling, but we cannot rule out murder. Ms. Lovell is known to have been but a small fish in Barbados' dark world of predatory attorneys linked to corrupt government officials, and some think that she may have been silenced, in order to protect powerful individuals who feared that she might disclose incriminating information about them.
Given that a huge segment of Bajan lawyers have been accused, or convicted, of land fraud, outright theft of client funds from settlements, forgery and making false witness, we can only imagine that the group of potential suspects in any murder investigation will be large. On the other hand, given the widespread corruption in the Barbados Police Service, the investigation may consist of a quick coverup of the facts, and a swift closing of the case.
We wonder whether Ms. Lovell's untimely, and violent, end will have any effect on the members of the Barbados Bar Association; they have resisted all prior efforts to add non-lawyers to the BBA Complaint and Grievance process. Perhaps now public pressure will cause them to change their mind.
To motivate them, let's list just some of the Barbados attorneys involved in professional misconduct:
LAUREEN CLOTHILDA WATERMAN
MARK WINSTON GOODRIDGE
We could go on and on... hope the BBA gets the message, and understands the messenger. The Bible says the Wages of Sin is Death. Are they paying attention ?