Mosquito breeding charge a surprise

COURT TODAY BLOCKLast November, Funeral Director Michael St Hill went before the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court after the Ministry of Health brought a case against him for knowingly breeding mosquitoes on his property.

St Hill pleaded not guilty then to having containers of stagnant water on his property, which were breeding mosquitoes when environmental officers carried out checks there.

When the matter continued today, Environmental Officer Malcolm Stoute was cross-examined by attorney-at-law Errol Niles.  The prosecution then closed its case and it was St Hill’s turn to give evidence.

He testified that last October 8 he was on his way to work when his wife called him and said that an environmental officer was there.

According to St Hill, that officer, Malcolm Stoute, said he had found water around the premises, which he wanted sprayed.

St Hill said he told his wife to let Stoute know that he was on his way to a funeral and he would take care of the situation the following day. However, his general worker was not at work the following day, but when he came to work the next day, the spraying was done.

The witness recalled that Stoute returned on October 12, inspected the property and said everything was “all right”.

It was to his surprise, St Hill said, that he read in a newspaper that he was being charged.

Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale adjourned the matter until March 9.

One Response to Mosquito breeding charge a surprise

  1. Tony Waterman February 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Here is another instance of why there are backlogs in the Judicial System in Barbados, this is about the Third time i am reading of this same case being in Court, and now it’s benn put back until March 9th, WHY?????, why cant a case about Mosquitos not be concluded speedily, as a matter of fact if there were Mosquitos in that water, why did the Inspector not have taken a sample of that water with the Mosquitos in it, seal it with someone from the Property as a witness and present it on Court day as evidence, right now it is he said she said, that’s NOT Evidence this case should be thrown out of court, it just wasting Precious time.
    Education is DEFINITELY NOT Common Sense, and Common Sense is DEFINITELY not too Common Today.


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