100 day rule

Lashley wants Barbados to follow Trinidad remand law

If acting Attorney General Michael Lashley gets his way, gun offenders in Barbados will soon have to wait at least 100 days before they are even considered for bail.

As part of a new and tougher approach to rising firearms-related crime, Lashley, who is a criminal defence attorney, wants Government to consider going the same route as Trinidad and Tobago, in terms of beefing up its firearms legislation.

“This is my personal view. Trinidad has passed a Firearms Act and their Firearms Act speaks to over a hundred days on remand before you can apply for bail . . . once you are found with a firearms or committed any offence with a firearm . . . a firearms-related offence, and they have actually passed that legislation,” noted Lashley.

In the wake of two shooting deaths which marred yesterday’s St Philip Carnival celebrations on Independence Day,

Lashley, who is the area representative for St Philip North, is further insisting that gun-related crime needs to be addressed “frontally”.

“I have spoken to the substantive Attorney General [Adriel Brathwaite] this morning, so when he comes back we would have a discussion on it, but of course, I have a concern,” the acting Attorney General said.

While stressing that “we need to deal with this firearm problem, confront it and really deal with it frontally”, he acknowledged that changes have been proposed to the local Firearms Act.

“It needs to be reformed. It was challenged in the Court of Appeal and deemed as unconstitutional. And so, I know that the substantive Attorney General is working basically very hard in terms of getting the new Firearms Act in place,” explained Lashley.

However, he acknowledged that legislation alone would not solve the gun crimes issue.

“We have to look at the root causes and look at solutions,” he said.

Yesterday, Dwayne Burgess of Marley Vale, St Philip was shot on Ruby Main Road in the same parish at around 5 p.m. following an altercation with an unknown man. In a separate incident Shane Nurse of Ruby, St Philip was also shot multiple times after a verbal dispute around 6.55 p.m.

Both victims died on arrival at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). However, Burgess was taken there by private transport, while Nurse was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

In expressing condolences to the families, Lashley said “I know the two individuals, and of course, I am concerned, also in my capacity as acting Attorney General, concerned really with the gun crime that we are having at this stage.”

However, he said he understood that there were no issues with the bands in the Carnival and that the shootings were not connected to any of them either.

“I don’t want to be insensitive, but at this moment it is a delicate matter; the police are carrying out investigations.  The police of course will do whatever is necessary,” he said.

He was speaking following the official launch of phase one of the Transport Authority Service Integration Pilot Project (TASI) at the Transport Board’s Fairchild Street Bus Terminal.

In a statement this evening, the St Philip Carnival Committee also said it was saddened by the unfortunate incidents which took the lives of two young men from the St Philip community yesterday.

“We extend deepest condolences to the families of Dwayne Burgess of Marley Vale and Shane Nurse of Ruby Tenantry.

Our parish is close knit and this loss is felt by the executive, band leaders and other stakeholders,” the statement said.

“We have been informed that these incidents happened outside of the carnival.

The committee abhors any form of violence and condemns any threat to public safety,” it added.


10 Responses to 100 day rule

  1. Michelle Stephens
    Michelle Stephens December 2, 2015 at 3:06 am


  2. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair December 2, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Why can’t the Barbados Authorities do some brain storming and do their own problem solving first?

  3. Steve Thomas
    Steve Thomas December 2, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Like Trinidad is a good example to follow! Lock up anyone in possession of a firearm for a number of years… Automatic, not appeal, no parole.

  4. BaJan boy December 2, 2015 at 7:07 am

    All these guys do is talk to give the dumb followers the impression they doing something. Can’t they be intelligent enough to think about what is necessary at this time and take the relevant legislation to Parliament. They hardly ever go there anyway. That just suits the lazy PM and and the gang od self serving crew following….

    • Donild Trimp December 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

      For starters, guns are not manufactured in Barbados.

      Anyone who care to know, knows how these guns are coming into the island and the point of entry.

      Start by cutting off the supply.

  5. jrsmith December 2, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I would think the best thing for Barbados, would be closing the houses of parliament, send the bunch of failed politicians, we have ,on a journey to mars, and let the Trinidadians, run Barbados. From Trinidad.

  6. Panwallie December 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    When there was a sudden surge in gun crimes few years back the ‘no bail for gun crimes’ stance of at least one Magistrate was challenged vigorously by none other than attorneys of which this Minister was one. Now the chickens have come home to roost.

  7. BoBoTheClown December 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    To implement the 100 day law in Barbados would at least give one the impression that the AG and Politicians in Barbados are finally taking the gun problems that are currently ruining barbados’s reputation as a safe law abiding country.
    The problem here is that we would again be copy kat -ers.Our Politicians can’t seem to think for themselves.
    If the truth be told, Politicians and diapers have the same thing in common. They should both be changed regularly ,for the same reason. They are both full of sh…t

  8. jrsmith December 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    @, BOBO,The, C, hail hail , right on target.

  9. Sue Donym December 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Having some questions as to what the 100 day rule is to achieve. What’s magical about 100? Is this when an alleged offender automatically becomes fit to be considered for bail? At best it could be a cooling off period for a real offender. On the other hand, couldn’t someone plant a firearm on someone else to ensure that they’re imprisoned for at least 100 days?

    House of Assembly on Tuesdays, Cabinet on Thursdays, a bariffle of lawyers and other well educated colleagues and they’ve not got anything else to offer the Bajan public?

    Idiots posing and posting on Facebook, jokers bringing Glocks on blocks, weapons crisscrossing the island and we can’t find ways to do legal searches? Why aren’t we trying a gun amnesty? Why aren’t MPs busy hearing from their constituents? Who is hiding guns or evidence of criminal activity and why?


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