Lawyers refuse to represent American attorney
An 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.