No bail for seven
Saying that the country was “crying out everyday”, a magistrate today refused to grant bail to any of the seven men who appeared before him charged with murder, robbery, and gun offences.
Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale spoke about the need for the court to “act as a barometer” when defence attorneys applied for bail for some of the young accused.
Appearing in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court were: Romario Akeem Phillips, 22, of 10th Avenue New Orleans, St Michael and Nicholas Akeem Teo Shorey, 23, of 3rd Ave, Parris Gap, Westbury Road, St Michael who were accused of the December 8, 2014 shooting death of Albert Boyce, among other charges; Marvin Marcus Victor, 28, of 4th Ave, Pickwick Gap; Akem Jabarry Leon, 22, of 3rd Ave, Mannings Land; Damien Francisco Padmore, 34, of #2 Skeetes Road, Ivy; Rehquino Samkeh Barker; and Kareem Dentonia Bailey, of School Road, Bakers, St Peter.
Bailey’s attorney, Arthur Holder, was the first to apply for bail.
He felt that his client was a fit candidate for bail, since he was gainfully employed and had no prior convictions.
Holder also said there was no evidence that his client would “slightly or remotely interfere with witnesses” if granted bail; nor was there any evidence to show that the complainant was still hospitalized.
Appearing on behalf of Leon was attorney at law Verla DePeiza.
She said that she had not heard anything to suggest that the 22-year-old accused would abscond or pose any danger to society.
“I am still trying to find the genesis of the charge,” DePeiza said, arguing that the charges against her client were “clearly tenuous” since she had not seen a complainant listed on the charge sheet.
Padmore’s attorney Naomi Lynton told the court that her client had no previous convictions, was the “majority breadwinner of his household” and was looking after his child and his mother.
She admitted that Padmore was on bail for another matter that was six years old, but said the fault was really that of “the system” and not her client’s since he had attended court faithfully during that period.
In response, Sergeant Janice Ifill contended that “the right of every Barbadian must come before the right of the accused persons who keep coming back before these courts again and again”.
Although agreeing that all accused persons had the right to bail, she said it was “not an absolute right”.
“We are living in a climate today in Barbados where people are afraid to leave their homes and society cannot be allowed to continue living in fear,” Ifill pointed out.
After hearing both sides, Magistrate Seale said: “When the atmospheric pressure is so thick and heavy, the court must act as a barometer.”
He added that to remand all the accused for the next 28 days meant that their names “could not be called” in anything.