Hit-and-run driver bailed

St Peter resident Derrick Sherland Nowell was today released on $5,000 bail with one surety after appearing in the Holetown Magistrates Court on seven traffic offences, following a hit-and-run accident in Speightstown.

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Derrick Sherland Nowell

Nowell, of Battaleys, is charged with driving without a valid driver’s licence, failing to stop at an accident; driving without due care and reasonable consideration; without tax; without insurance; failing to register a motor vehicle, and fraudulent use of number plates.

He is due to reappear in court on November 27.

Thirteen-year-old Zawadi Gilkes, a student at the Alexandra School, was left nursing injuries from the accident.

26 Responses to Hit-and-run driver bailed

  1. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore June 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    The only give he bail so that the girl family can pelt two big rocks in he crutch

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    • Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin
      Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin June 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      I would hope so

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne June 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray June 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      If some one did stop his face from smiling, every body would say he was a nice boy. All people do is talk and talk, when action taken you will hear the out cry6

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  2. Tom Cabrinie
    Tom Cabrinie June 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    It seems as though everyone who comes out of the courthouse these days are smiling .

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  3. Ralph White
    Ralph White June 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    What message is this sending to society…I could understand if he did not flee the scene of the accident…but to top it off he also had none of the requirements to get behind the wheel…

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  4. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson June 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    This is the Justice of today? There is something drastically wrong here, he needs some one to knock that smile of his face, also because of the out come of his sentence there was no need for him to give himself up, he’s still able to walk around like a free man. Bail indeed.what about the young girl she is the one who is suffering. A disgusting state of the judicial system.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva June 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      If this had happened in Canada the out come would have been the same. The only thing which would have been different is, he would have to pay the bail before he could be free. Bail her has to be paid before the person is released. His offence was a bailable.

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  5. Shawn June 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Sorry to say but with all those offences he should not be walking out, but the government need money.

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  6. jrsmith June 17, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This man is dangerous , he is one of the 30,000 vehicles which is not insured on the island, good old Christian god fearing Barbados…

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  7. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    We must understand that some offences are bailable and others non-bailable, but if the prosecutor can argue convincingly that this man shouldn’t be granted bail because he poses a threat to the public safety amongst many other factors, then perhaps the judge can deny bail. But if the accused attorney argues that this man poses not real threat to the public safety, and he displayed poor judgment when he stuck this child operating and unregistered car etc, then perhsps the judge would quite possibly grant the accused bail. Now there is moral-outcry in Barbados regarding the fact that some are granted bail on the charge of murder, which is a non-bailable offence in most states in the US, but it most not be forgotten that the actor Robert Blake ata Beretta, was also granted bail on the charge of murdering his estranged wife, of which he was acquitted.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Fair enough but I am not going to argue with you, but then again, it is obvious that it is up to the judge to make that determination.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      A judge is supposed to rule within the prescribed mandates of the law, or in other words, he or she has to rule between the maximum and minimum.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      …Unless there is a categorical constraint which compels a judge to rule exactly as the sentencing guidelines, dictates, prescribes, entails and mandates.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Brien King, what you ought to understand is this: a man accused of murder, is a man who quite possibly could be innocent or guilty, and until he has his day in court, he has to surrender his personal liberty until otherwise.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      So the state erring on the side of caution and denying bail to those accused of murder, is infringing upon the personal autonomy those who are exonerated of such charges by a court of law. So the question which ought to be ask is this: what is the legal recourse for a person accused of murder in Barbados who has subsequently been exonerated by a court of law? Remember now, he or she has surrender his or her personal freedom at the demands of the state!

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Brian King, I try to tell people there is no such thing as innocent until proven guilty, but your guilty until you can prove that your innocent. Do you know how many innocent people are in prison today because of false testimony, faulty blood, fingerprint and fiber analysis etc? And the difference between exoneration and incarceration is deep pockets my friend; had OJ been a poor person he would have been at the bottom of the prison Sir.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      This is my personal opinion take it or leave it, but the way I see it, when a judge grants or denies bail his decision is predicated upon the threat level the accused poses to the wider society. So in my own judgement, a man who operates a vehicle without the appropriate license, registration and insurance, and hits a child and flees poses a greater risk to those operating vehicles on the road as well as those perambulating the road. Now I am not saying that others factors such criminal history, flight risk, and the intimidation of witnesses etc, aren’t taking into consideration by the judge in his or her decision to grant or deny bail.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      This is my personal opinion take it or leave it, but the way I see it, when a judge grants or denies bail his decision is predicated upon the threat level the accused poses to the wider society. So in my own judgement, a man who operates a vehicle without the appropriate license, registration and insurance, and hits a child and flees poses a greater risk to those operating vehicles on the road as well as those perambulating the road. Now I am not saying that others factors such criminal history, flight risk, and the intimidation of witnesses etc, aren’t taking into consideration by the judge in his or her determination to grant or deny bail.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva June 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      His offence was a bailable offence, even here in North America it is. Like Like Mark said if the man is not deemed a threat to society, he is allowed bail.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 17, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      I do understand what you’re driving at, but I have to ask this question through: how does this man’s actions threaten the public safety, as appose to some alleged terrorist that has just blew up a government building? This man’s actions and endangers those who are using the road either walking or driving.

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  8. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox June 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Why would you turn in yourself to police and then go to court and pled not guilty. No wonder lawyers rich

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  9. dave June 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This guy looks happy
    Well Well Well
    Big irresponsible Jackass. This is what we working with in Barbados. The Politicians don’t have a clue whats going on. Dem don’t have no creative ideas to carry Barbados forward anyhow. Dem just know how to fattened their pockets with taxpayers money and any other ways that they can fattened their pockets and it is par for the course where they are concerned. No Confidence in Dem .

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  10. Sherlock Holmes. June 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Dave pray tell me what the politicians have to do with these traffic offences committed by a reckless and irresponsible driver?You see why i have to be constantly telling you that you just plain silly? A man decides to break the law thus causing injury to a school child and you are ranting about politicians do not have a clue about what is going on, why don’t you make yourself available as candidate for the next general elections Mr Einstein you seem to have all the answers and the clues to use your words, the reality of the situation though is the fact that you like to open your mouth and bray,however the stark truth is you are just as much JA as the driver you affixed that title to.

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  11. dave June 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    There is none so blind than he who cannot see

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  12. Spa June 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I grew up with he !! And that smile can’t move
    Even if he try.some people got sad face & some
    Got a happy face . But all said he still wrong

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