Kirton calls for lawyer

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter the complainant in a matter gave evidence in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, accused Danny Rico Kirton had no questions for the witness.

Kirton, 20, who was unrepresented by counsel and is of no fixed place of abode, is accused of robbing Justin Waterman of a gold chain valued at $900 on October 1, 2012.

Asked by presiding Magistrate Douglas Frederick whether he was certain he did not want to cross-examine Waterman, Kirton again said no.

Once again, Magistrate Frederick prodded the accused, telling him of his right to
cross-examine the complainant, but Kirton refused a third time.

When the magistrate then asked if he could consider what the complainant had said as “the gospel truth”, Kirton replied: “Dah is wuh he say. Dah ain’ wuh I say.”

“Well, ask him questions about what he said then,” Frederick responded.

“I want a lawyer to deal wid dis hay . . .  I didn’t know it was starting today, Sir,” Kirton said.

“From 2012 until now and you now want a lawyer?” the magistrate asked. “When did you expect the matter would start?”

“This is a 2012 matter and you had from 2012 to get a lawyer,” he went on.

Magistrate Frederick decided, however, to grant Kirton until March 10 to get his house in order.

“If you don’t have a lawyer by then, we are moving full steam ahead,” he warned Kirton.

3 Responses to Kirton calls for lawyer

  1. Ormond Mayers January 19, 2016 at 8:16 am

    At 20 years and lack the ability to articulate his innocence in Court. This demonstrates the need to establish in the educational system, mechanism to identify , those students ith certain challenges.

    • Donild Trimp January 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      The accused may not be articulate in your view but he is very smart.

      His first reply statement “Dah is wuh he say. Dah ain’ wuh I say” equates to a not guilty plea.

      His second statement “I want a lawyer to deal wid dis hay . . . I didn’t know it was starting today, Sir,” complicates the process for the prosecution in going ahead with this case.

      The accused was charged in 2012, this is 2016. Do you see the problem here?

      Any two bit Lawyer will have this case thrown out in a heartbeat.

  2. Tony Waterman January 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    @Donild Trimp!!!!I see the Problem, and Barbados Judiciary hgas this problem EVERY Day of the Year, why on Earth would it take ANY SYSTEM from October 2012 to January 2016 Approximately 40 Months to conclude a case of Theft from the person ??? and did ANYONE concerned with this case starting with the Police, and then the DPP made sure that this Young Man was told to get a Lawyer, and if he could not afford one he should have been offered a PUBLIC DEFENDER (Barbados has that) since none of this happened and the guy seems not to be too smart, it seems that he has already been DISADVANTAGED, and the case should have been thrown out of Court, this is a clear example of why our Justice System is in Disarray, why was this not pleaded out before a JP away from the Main Courts ?? I thought that our Venerable CJ. Sir Marston was suppose to set up this type of Conflict resolution Chamber to deal with cases like this, or is he only thinking in terms of High profile cases???? Actually WHAT IS/HAS he been doing lately, he seems to like his Buddy Freundel “”He ain’t saying/Doing Nuttin””

    BTW!!!! My reasoning for throwing this case out of Court ???
    The Accused was NOT given enough HELP in getting any Legal Representation, and it took them about 40 Months to get this before the Courts, Justice must not only be “”Done””, but it MUST be “”seen as being done”” , NEITHER of these two are present here.


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