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‘Change the law’

Lashley recommends adjusting the Bail Act for murder accused

A member of the Freundel Stuart Cabinet is recommending the removal of the provision in the Bail Act that provides murder accused with the option of applying for bail.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley put forward this position yesterday evening as he voiced concern about the growing crime rate in the country, particularly involving young people.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley

Minister of Transport and Works  Michael Lashley

Speaking at the launch of the neighbourhood watch group in Grassfield, Duncans, St Philip, the minister, who is an attorney-at-law, said it was time to look at changing the legislation.

“My view is that we probably have to . . . amend the Bail Act and remove the capital offence of murder from the schedule of offences that are bailable. That is my view. I know I might get some flack for it but I certainly believe we should remove it from the schedule and put it back where that person would have to utilize the Common Law to apply to the High Court for bail,” he said.

Minister Lashley made it clear, however, that he was not stating whether the bail application process for murder accused should be made easier or more difficult, adding that it is an individual’s constitutional right to seek bail.

In the meantime, he encouraged residents of Grassfield to press ahead with programmes that would touch the lives of young people in the area and those residing on the outskirts and keep them out of a life of crime.

President of the community neighbourhood watch group, Jennifer Fields-Layne, said the initiative was necessary at this time.

“Safety doesn’t happen by accident and precaution or prevention is better than cure,” she noted.

The community has 65 households.

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5 Responses to ‘Change the law’

  1. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale September 30, 2014 at 7:41 am

    How can this Barbadian Government Minister recommend removing of the provision in the Bail Act which provides the murder accused with the option to apply for bail better Barbados. Some of those accused of murder are not necessarily guilty of the crime and under the court of law you are guilty until proven innocent.

  2. Astra September 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Lets see whether this will take a lot of talk before it happens, seems like a good idea to me.

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Well said, Derek Gale.

  4. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen September 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I thought you were innocent until proven guilty. So question when you spend 5 years on remand lose your job or business during that time because you locked up and then to be found not guilty , then how much more money government gonna got to spend

  5. Frank Bongolights Chase
    Frank Bongolights Chase September 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm



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