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No one-sided justice, attorney tells Magistrate

COURT TODAY BLOCKTerming it “totally ridiculous,” attorney-at-law Vonda Pile asked today that a matter involving her client be dismissed.

Michael James Springer faces charges of having a gun and ammunition on January 20, 2010. The 29-year-old lives at Headley’s Land, Deacons Road, St Michael.

When the preliminary hearing began yesterday, Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the court of the unavailability of the two police witnesses.

He said Sergeant Leslie was on a training course while Sergeant Catwell was on holiday and efforts to locate him had proven futile. The prosecutor therefore asked for an adjournment.

However, Pile complained that “the accused has always had to be here” while she has been waiting to continue cross-examining Sergeant Leslie since 2013.

“This is ridiculous,” Pile stressed.

“The sergeant (Catwell) must be stationed somewhere in Barbados at some time . . . This is a case from 2010 and we cannot have one-sided justice in this court, Sir,” she submitted to Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

“If, at this stage, and we cannot get any further than half of a witness, then the time is ripe for the matter to be dismissed for want of prosecution. The 12th hour, according to Shakespeare, has now arrived,” she argued.

Magistrate Frederick responded by saying that it was unfortunate that Leslie was away on training and was in High Court on the last occasion. He urged the prosecutor to get hold of both witnesses for the next court date on September 21.    

6 Responses to No one-sided justice, attorney tells Magistrate

  1. Bajan July 9, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Ms. Pile you forget to mention the many times Police turned up at court but the cases got adjourned because the defence attorney couldnt make it to court for one reason or another. Police are public servants and are entitled to vacation leave and training like all other public servants. The world does not revolve around you and your client.

  2. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke July 9, 2015 at 3:08 am

    This is where a large proportion of the tax payers money is wasted. It must be a element of control that the police like to dangle charges over you for 5 years without a conclusion. Quite sure this is a human rights issue. If the charges are true he would be sentenced and released by now.

  3. Patrick Blackman July 9, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Didn’t Vonda Pile just had some problems with the law herself or am I dreaming (suject to correction)?

  4. carson c cadogan July 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    This is a regular, sickening occurrence in the court system here in Barbados.

    Justice delayed is Justice denied.

  5. Tony Waterman July 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    This is Rediculous, since 2010, and this is 2015, and one on Course and the other on vacation, meanwhile the Accused and his Lawyer are available.
    This magistrate NEEDS a Refresher Course in CONSTITUTION, this is Totally Unreasonable that this Person Must be incarcerated at the PLEASURE of the POLICE Department, until they have Taken their Course and vacation.
    This is TOTALLY UNJUST, and the magistrate should Have Dismissed this Case “with prejudice”
    as far as i am concerned, he MIGHT be GUILTY, but this is Lethargic Justice, and should NOT be TOLERATED by Magistrates or Judges, this is the only way that the System will ever Change.
    They should take this case to the CCJ for a final Judgement

  6. Tony Waterman July 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    @Patrick Blackman !!!!! This Man has been incarcerated for FIVE (5) years, and all you can see is his lawyers Problems ???

    she obviously got over her problems as she is still practicing Legally.

    what has that got to do with this case, come on Man????????!!!!!

    Let’s hope that you never have to get caught up in this Bajan INJUSTICE SYSTEM.


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