Freedom song

Two of the three men jailed for the 1995 rape and robbery of conductress to be released

It will be early freedom for two men convicted of what an Appeal Court described as a vicious attack on a minibus conductress 15 years ago. 

Barbados TODAY understands from prison sources that Orlando McDonald DaCosta Lorde and Peter O’Neal Forde will walk out of Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds in St Philip on Thursday, three years ahead of time.

They were charged in 1999, along with Robin Dwayne Howell, for the 1995 rape and robbery of a minibus conductress at French Village, St Peter, and sentenced to 15 years for the robbery and 30 years for the rape, to run concurrently.

On appeal, even though they said the men should be severely punished, the appeal judges ruled that the sentence was excessive and reduced it to 25 years.

It is not clear why the two men are being released from prison early, but Andrew Pilgrim, the attorney who represented Lorde before the Court of Appeal, speculated that his former client might have applied to the local Mercy Committee.

Attorney Andrew Pilgrim had represented Lorde before the Court of Appeal.
Attorney Andrew Pilgrim had represented Lorde before the Court of Appeal.

“He would have to do approximately 18 years . . . . He may have applied for a pardon or had his sentence reviewed by the prison authorities. It’s certainly nothing I have done,” Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

Forde’s attorney at the time, Randall Worrell, now High Court judge Justice Worrell, also suggested that the Mercy Committee might be responsible for his former client leaving jail early.

Attorney at law Randall Worrell, now Justice Worrell, had represented Peter Forde.
Attorney at law Randall Worrell, now Justice Worrell (left), had represented Peter Forde.

Neither of them was aware of the early release. It is also unclear why the third man convicted of the offence will remain behind bars.

The charges against the men arose out of an incident that took place in the early hours of July 14, 1995.

Evidence led in the case was that about 11 p.m. the night before, the three went to the Lower Green Bus Stand in Bridgetown and boarded minibus B192 and remained on that vehicle until it reached its French Village destination.

The men forced the bus driver to drive the vehicle into a gap and then raped and robbed the conductress.

The Court of Appeal said at the time that the rape and robbery were both serious offences and “the manner in which the complainant was raped and robbed, in particular the vicious attack on her body by the appellants and the other aggravating features of these crimes, must be strongly condemned”.


3 Responses to Freedom song

  1. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer June 25, 2014 at 12:52 am

    let them out early so they can do it again

  2. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul June 25, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Will there be some kind of community service work at least? What comfort will the community get from him for getting an early release. Who wants to have him living next to them. Anyway, let’s hope that his years behind bars have changed him into someone who can be productive to society.

  3. Cherry Matunda Heri
    Cherry Matunda Heri June 25, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I am so happy for Orlando and Peter. Wow


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