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Dad freed

. . . as Magistrate answers son’s cry

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter eight long months in prison, Nathaniel Renaldo Robinson was finally able to walk out of the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court without handcuffs and foot shackles.

Much to his relief, Robinson, who is one of four men accused of robbing Elvis Graham of $12, 335 in cash and items on June 18, 2015, was granted bail by Magistrate Douglas Frederick when he returned to court yesterday.

In an earlier bail application, his attorney Mohia M’aat had told the court that Robinson’s four-year old son was severely affected by his incarceration.

In giving evidence, the child’s mother told Frederick that Robinson had been the sole provider for his son, as she was not employed.

Furthermore, she said she had also realized a sudden change in his behaviour since Robinson’s detention.

She said she was summoned to the boy’s school just over a month ago by the principal, after he was found beating himself in the bathroom and saying that he hated himself and “wanted to see his daddy”.

She said she was forced to take him to counselling as a result.

M’aat also pointed out that one of Robinson’s co-accused had also been granted bail and he felt it would only be fair if his client was afforded the same treatment.

And while police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson strongly objected to bail, it was granted by Frederick in the amount of $10, 000.

“You have a chance to be a good father now.  Sometimes people come and say all kinds of things to get people out of prison, so I don’t know if what she said is true or not.

“But you have an opportunity to play a role in your son’s life and make a difference. Whether you choose to do that or not, time will tell,” he noted.

He also ordered Robinson to report to Oistins Police Station every Wednesday by 10 a.m.

6 Responses to Dad freed

  1. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith April 9, 2016 at 6:43 am

    This is where the taxpayers money goes in unnecessary imprisonment. Yet another example of a double standard in the justice system. A female attorney was given bail of stealing 162, 000 thousand dollars but not for 12 thousand. Where is the logic in that? It costed the taxpayers more than 12 thousand to house him for 8 months yet the state can’t reach a verdict. This is pure madness and shouldn’t be allowed, If he isn’t a threat to society.

    • Prince Trémaine
      Prince Trémaine April 9, 2016 at 6:46 am

      The likelihood that the accused would reoffend while on bail? A white collar criminal is a little less likely to be in a position to steal than a robber. Everyone is a target to the latter but the former requires special targets and a special set of circumstances.

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith April 9, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Prince Trémaine, you are forgetting to acknowledge that being suspected isn’t being guilty.
      So it’s absurd for you to be thinking along that line. Everyone is pronounced innocent until proven guilty. If the state had enough evidence to win their case they wouldn’t have to remand him.
      But they does that to torture and softened up suspects in given up and their fight and pleading guilty. That’s against the UN convention on human rights but is totally ignored by many nations. So I will advise you to think about how families are broken up leading to an unstable society.

    • Yarde Sherwin
      Yarde Sherwin April 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Lawrence Griffith in Barbados some people will never go to jail no matter what they do…This place full of double standards…

    • Phyllis G Wallace
      Phyllis G Wallace April 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Yarde, it’s like that everywhere. Horrible here as well. It’s all in who you know. It’s the old “the deeper the pocket”

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria April 9, 2016 at 10:02 am

      The verb “cost” does not change form when used in the past tense.


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