What 100 days?

During wants bail abolished for persons accused of murder

A Government legislator has suggested that a recent recommendation by Acting Attorney General Michael Lashley to combat the increasing rate of deadly gun crimes did not go far enough.

Lashley recommended this week that Barbados should follow the Trinidad and Tobago example and detain gun offenders for 100 days before they are even considered for bail.

However, speaking last night during a panel discussion on combatting crime and violence in communities here, Senator David Durand submitted that the authorities needed to be even tougher on the criminals.

“No bail should be given to those individuals accused of murder; none whatsoever. And I trust that the legislation will be changed to accommodate that,” Durant suggested to the audience gathered at his Apostle of the Restoration Ministries for the discussion, chaired by retired headteacher Matthew Farley. However, as a trade-off, he called for speedier trials.

The panel, which also included former Member of Parliament and social activist Hamilton Lashley; National Assistance Board Director Charyn Wilson, Government Senator Verla De Peiza; Senior Pastor at Messiah’s House, Reverend Paul Watson and the Criminal Justice Department’s Research and Planning Unit Director Cheryl Willoughby, also heard other controversial recommendations from Durant.

Among them was a proposal to keep the public away from the courts during certain trials, basing his argument on the behaviour of some onlookers during a recent arraignment.

“Recently a very annoying sight invaded our rooms via our television when a young man accused of murdering three men and wounding two was seen being greeted with cheers as he entered the courtyard by some people in the crowd, Durant complained, adding that this sort of behaviour sent the wrong signal.

“What kind of message are we sending? How do the relatives of those murdered and wounded feel seeing such jubilation

and no sense or remorse . . . knowing that their loved one is buried six feet beneath and the person is there jubilant and cheered on by people in the crowd in the court yard?

“We should stop the crowd from going into the court yard in cases of that nature . . . because it is not sending a proper message, not the right signal and it is annoying those relatives who are seeing it.”

Durant also slammed the United States for issuing a travel advisory on Barbados last month. He contended that it was

“unfortunate” because the advisory had been issued at a time when crime against tourists had dropped by nine per cent.

“So why you rush to hurriedly issue an advisory?

“Given the fact that the USA is a major player in our tourist industry, we cannot sit idly by and allow crime to destroy our main source of foreign exchange”.

However, Durant acknowledged that crime overall remains high and urged that Barbados be made safe, ‘not only for tourists but for Barbadians first’.

5 Responses to What 100 days?

  1. dwayne jordan December 4, 2015 at 1:30 am

    So if I’m charged with murder, ‘a charge’ not a judgement, and the dpp takes 20 years to bring my case, mind you sir, must I sit in jail with my life on hold for 20 years, while the dpp and police twiddle their thumbs? What Nonsense you speak of, what I rather see is legislation mandating a predetermined start date on cases, let’s say one year or they are thrown out, remove all these mock / preliminary hearings and bring the cases. Also, we need a system where judges/magistrates should be sanctioned for not rendering judgements in a timely manner.
    Remove judges from hearing ridiculous traffic and petty cases and have a group of legal aids hear these cases.
    Fully computerize this process and I suspect with a more efficient letting out of justice, lots of criminals will get the point.

  2. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne December 4, 2015 at 4:06 am

    For one thing Parliament needs to act like a legislature which is to write laws or amend laws. The courts need to act like courts which is to interpret the law as it is written and decide whether the argument before it is in-line or against the law (Or section of the Constitution) or treaty as it is written. (Courts don’t create new laws themselves -unless it is full of activist judges and magistrates.) and the executive needs to get to work and act like a government and stop blaming it’s failures on the last party from almost a decade ago. It makes the executive look irrelevant as in it can’t cause change in Barbados after a decade.

  3. BaJan boy December 4, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Durant just does not know anything about crime and punishment and the PM uses him as mouth piece because he thinks bajans will listen as he is a priest. The house has sat only about 10 times this year what leigislation can they bring. We have a group of the laziest and worst lawyers at the bar sitting in Paliament right so don’t expect anything intelligent to come from them. Verla has thin the blame at the police when she is part of the problem..

  4. Menace II Babylon December 4, 2015 at 7:04 am

    If this is the state of our Government Legislators woe be onto the people.

  5. jrsmith December 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    @,Bajan , Boy, hail, hail, on the button, to add, now we are almost part of the try state,(TTB) its best we close, Barbados parliament , which seems to be lacking in political and business activity, send our crop of politicians to mars, and be administered directedly ,from Trinidad.


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