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No excuse

Chief Magistrate warns no break for criminals who claim hardship

COURT TODAY BLOCKChief Magistrate Pamela Beckles will not be condoning “people who believe they should resort to a life of crime because they have come upon hard times”.

She made that position clear today when a 36-year-old Guyanese national who came into Barbados with four and a half kilogrammes of cocaine appeared before her in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.

Troy Anthony Erskine was fined $200,000 for importing the drugs on January 30, but he was unable to pay the forthwith fine and will have to spend four years in prison.

He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the charges of possession, trafficking, and intent to supply.

Acting on a tip, police went to the Oistins jetty last Friday and waited for the arrival of a small boat that usually brings crew members of the Lesley PG oil tanker to shore.

When Erskine disembarked, he was arrested on suspicion of having drugs. He was taken to the Oistins Police Station where a search revealed eight packages of cocaine taped to his body.

Erskine’s attorney, Carol-Ann Best, asked the court to be lenient on her client, explaining that he had seven children ranging in age from five months to 14 years old.

Not only did he have to provide for his children, the lawyer said, but his home in Guyana was up for foreclosure so he took a chance and brought in the drugs.

After Best’s submissions, Magistrate Beckles said she still could not find “one good mitigating factor”.

She also expressed a wider concern that if the cocaine had made its way to the streets, “it would have destroyed a lot of persons”.

8 Responses to No excuse

  1. Walter Prescod February 4, 2015 at 7:08 am

    They always seem to catch the small fish, why? Should they not have trailed him and catch some of bigger fish? He must have contacts on the island. Deport him he has enough problems now

  2. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner February 4, 2015 at 7:16 am

    The government looking for money plain and simple.. I would of depot him and get his name put in customs and cannot come back in barbados.

  3. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan February 4, 2015 at 7:50 am

    ALL those children and took that STUPID chance?

  4. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor February 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I am just wondering why he choose Barbados to bring his drugs there…why we … out of all the Islands … these Guyanese think we is idiots or what ….go and mash up Guyana … don’t bring that nonsense into Barbados … there are plenty of things to do than to sell drugs anywhere… people all over the world faces hardship every where .,.that is really not an excuse …I would never resort to that kind of life to feed my kids … how about working hard for what you want …it is that simple .I am not saying that all Guyanese are bad …but they really have to stop bringing that stuff into Barbados … it is awful… our bajan kids and families do not need any drugs … that foolishness is really killing off our people … making them doing crazy things… shame on this bastard for trying to enter Bim with that .he want a real nice beating then sending him back to Guyana …

  5. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor February 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

    n i really hope he gets his ass kick then send him back … he needs it …

  6. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens February 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

    he is an idiot sorry, poor children now will suffer some more and his home foreclose for next three years, and a tip off to the police so big fish else where off loading just a turn awaybut the poor fella don’t know the other plan idiot again

  7. bajanguyster February 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    some times it is better to catch the big fish who seem to be very big and unable to catch i wonder why ?

  8. Shirley Haynes-Johnson
    Shirley Haynes-Johnson February 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    As them get hold the got children and all the other excuses think about that before u do foolishness


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