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Four relatives detained

COURT TODAY BLOCKFour relatives were remanded to HMP Dodds today after appearing in a Bridgetown court charged with committing serious bodily harm against three neighbours.

The accused, all of Highland No. 1, St. Philip, are Marson Roosevelt Luke, a 68-year-old retiree; Romel Omar Oneal Griffith, a 32-year-old student; Rickeal Camaro Applewaithe, a 24-year-old merchandiser; and Henderson Roosevelt Griffith, a 44-year-old mason.

The quartet appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2 this afternoon. They were not required to answer the charges but will do so before acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch on Thursday.

In objecting to bail, Sergeant Neville Reid submitted that the incident arose out of a longstanding land dispute in which police had intervened on several occasions.

“Despite that, the parties have been charged with violent offences,” the prosecutor said.

Reid told the court that all the parties in the dispute were neighbours and he feared that if the accused were released, there could be an escalation of violence.

Kevin Miller, counsel for all four accused, told the court that based on his information, the complainants were the aggressors and the incident took place on his clients’ premises.

He contended that the charge before the court was “a weak one” and the accused ought to be granted bail with reasonable conditions attached, such as staying away from the complainants.

He reminded the court that the overriding concern in granting bail was whether the accused would turn up for court as required.

Continuing his bail application, Miller pointed out that Luke was a pensioner who sufferd from diabetes while Henderson Griffith was the main financial provider for his four children. He also said Griffith had no matters pending before the courts.

In relation to Rommel Griffith, he said he was currently pursuing studies through the Skills Training Programme, had no priors nor pending matters and was the father of one minor child.

Applewaithe, he said, was gainfully employed as a merchandiser.

6 Responses to Four relatives detained

  1. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess March 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Please tell me this is over at least 10 acres of land that so many people were involved smbh, is this the same land all of u will die and leave or nah???? #totalbs

  2. Roslyn Clarke
    Roslyn Clarke March 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

    A little time behind bars may cool them down and give them time to think of all the things their attorney said in court – when asking for bail!

  3. Marva Straughn
    Marva Straughn March 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Why we always cussin n fightin over land……why ,why, why, N it cannot fit in that hole…..when we go 6 feet deep….. had a similar issues couple months back

  4. jrsmith March 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Barbados supposed to be so Godly so Christian minded always in church , always praying always on they way to DODDS. always ready to cut up , smash up they neighbours over house or land..

  5. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore March 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Haa haa


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