News Feed

October 28, 2016 - Employees pampered As Education Month draws to a close ... +++ October 28, 2016 - ‘Take big view of agriculture’ GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands– Sta ... +++ October 28, 2016 - NUPW reacts to Lowe’s comments on privatization The island’s largest public secto ... +++ October 28, 2016 - BUT warns of new militant approach The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT ... +++ October 28, 2016 - Cameron expresses confidence in Windies women KINGSTON, Jamaica – West Indi ... +++ October 28, 2016 - Expect victimization! Opposition Leader Mia Mottley last ... +++

Lawyers refuse to represent American attorney

COURT TODAY BLOCKAn American woman who appeared on the charge sheet as a water sports operator but who the police confirmed was an attorney-at-law, was remanded to HMP Dodds this afternoon after she failed to find a Barbadian lawyer willing to represent her or someone to sign her bail.

Priya Nandita Pooran, who is officially recorded in court documents as having no fixed place of abode, but who claimed she was renting an apartment at Fryers Well, St Lucy, is charged with running up a bill of $810.75 at Courtyard by Marriotts in Christ Church and using a debit card linked to an empty account to pay for it.

Pooran, who said she had connections with the United States embassy here, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

She told District ‘A’ Magistrate Douglas Frederick that her landlord at the St Lucy apartment was a doctor, but she did not have his contact number so he could sign bail.

Frederick informed her that she had a lot of time during a long break in the sitting to either make telephone calls or arrange to do so, but she retorted that the police had refused to allow her to make any calls.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson had earlier objected to bail on the grounds that the woman had no fixed place to live, was a non-national, had no roots in Barbados and had appeared in Holetown Magistrates’ Court on a similar offence but that case was dismissed because someone had paid the money.

The prosecutor also told Frederick that the Immigration Department had an interest in her as well.

The alleged offence took place between April 30 and May 2, but Pooran said she had been in Barbados since April 12.

When the magistrate announced that she would be remanded until May 13 during which time arrangements could be made for a bail guarantor or legal representation, she begged to be taken to the US embassy instead.

“I don’t want to be kept in custody. This really is unfair. I am feeling very sick. I have nausea, headaches and heart pains,” she cried.

But her pleas fell on deaf ears.

27 Responses to Lawyers refuse to represent American attorney

  1. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck May 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    She feel sick now, did she feel sick when she were spending what she did not have!

  2. Sue Donym May 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    “…nausea, headaches and heart pains”, free medical care where she’ll be staying – rent free. The good news is she now has more time to get contact numbers and make phone calls plus it looks like things can’t get much worse from here.

  3. Marva Straughn
    Marva Straughn May 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Get some rest up de road ,n a free doc visit

  4. Meakai May 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Madam Editor, I would like to apply for a job as proofreader. This is becoming ridiculous and it seems that all complaints are “falling on death ears”.

    • Veronica May 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

      really, death’s ears The most basic proof reader should’ve caught that!!!!

  5. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley May 5, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Don’t waste courts time – just deport her back to USA

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      How do you deport someone without giving him or her due process? I throught Barbados was a civilized society erected on the democratic ideals?

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley May 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Well if lawyers refuse to represent her something is wrong, I would have thought it far better to get foreign criminals off the island for good

    • Miche May 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      You meant “Taxpayers money”

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Sharon Woolley, you have yet to provide me a valid reason as to why a defense/defence attorney would refuse to represent a client, but for the want of money? Remember now Sharon, the incentive/ motivation for every defence attorney is not to win the case per se, even though is helps with notoriety, but it is the money sista. Now trying to convince me that money isn’t object, is the equivalent of convincing me that things will get better should the BLP wins the next general election.

  6. Donild Trimp May 5, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Come on BT, you can do better than that.

  7. Edward Millington
    Edward Millington May 5, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Who is this woman?

  8. Andrew Streat
    Andrew Streat May 5, 2016 at 11:41 am

    In America everyone is entitled to a fair trail and a lawyer representative even if you cannot pay for it. The state would provide a lawyer for you. Doesn’t Barbados have a similar system. If no, then they need to provide such a system.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm


    • Nobby Wilkinson
      Nobby Wilkinson May 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Yes when u get charge they say u have ta right to a attorney if u can’t afford it one will be ta talk for u the crown pays. But if she’s a lawyer she could talk for herself in her defense

    • Andrew Streat
      Andrew Streat May 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      But all depends on where her license was obtained and what her area of law she knows. American law and procedures are different from the British system.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Who you telling?

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      But certain aspects of American jurisprudence is derived from the British Common Law. The Municipal or City court which is known as the Probate Court, deals with the settlement of estates and wills after death etc.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      America has four systems of government with four court systems …. Federal, State, Municipal and Indian.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Michelle Griffith, don’t let nah body hear you sah so doh because such practice is frowned upon in the legal profession.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I think the police in the judicial system in Barbados acts as the prosecutor and he or she is probably a lawyer not quite certain. I know very little about the Barbadian judicial system!

  9. Andrew Streat
    Andrew Streat May 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    In this picture of her she looks like an unstable person to me. Even the poorest lawyer in USA can earn a living to breakeven. Yes there is more to this story but not what some people might think. DEPORT HER. It is so easy for people to say things like this when the shoe is not on your own foot.

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    She wants to be at the US embassy. If she goes there can she be touched? Something about the story does not add up.

  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm
  12. Maria Stewart May 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    My first question would have been how did she use a debit card with an empty account to pay for something. Dont you have to have money on a debit account before you can use it? even a debit credit account ? This whole things sounds suspect to me.

  13. Alex 3 May 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I have more fundamental questions. How and when did she enter Barbados? Since she has no fixed address what is she doing here? Why is it that immigration has no interest in her?
    If she is an American citizen and not a citizen of Barbados she can be deported if she has no means to sustain herself.
    Why are they fooling around here?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *