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AG wants bail for Gittens

The country’s principal legal officer has backed a call by the Barbados Police Association (BPA) for bail for their colleague, Constable Everton Gittens, who has been charged with murder.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today criticized the continued detention of the police officer while other offenders such as “Lord Evil” was being granted bail.

Gittens, of Dash Gap, Bank Hall, St Michael was charged with the murder of Selwyn Blues Knight on March 15, last year, wounding Knight’s son Junior Knight with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him as well as recklessly engaging in conduct which placed Junior Knight in danger of death or serious bodily harm, on the same date.

In an address to the BPA, Brathwaite said he did not want to offend Knight’s family members, but “if you, for example, can release on bail someone who names himself Lord Evil, I see no reason why you cannot release Constable Gittens on bail.

“And I am not saying that because it sounds good; because the Commissioner Acting [Tyrone Griffith] would tell you that I have said on more than one occasion how sad I am that I’m sitting seeing others being released on bail and we have this chap allegedly in solitary confinement for his own protection. It is not a situation that I support, but again, it is not within my power,” the legal representative of the Crown said.

Brathwaite revealed his position on the matter after a “highly offended” BPA President Mervin Grace had complained that it was “heart wrenching, frustrating and demoralizing” that Gittens, who has been held since April 2015, remained behind bars.

“We are highly offended by his incarceration, especially in light of the fact that persons who are accused of murder in this country and have been granted bail before committing other offences, they are given conditions of bail and the same cannot be given for a respected, dedicated and competent member of the Royal Barbados Police Force,” Grace said at the association’s annual general meeting held at Prince Cave Hall at District A Police Station.

He told members that this state of affairs suggested that the people who the police protect and serve with their lives thought very little of the officers and their contribution to society.

10 Responses to AG wants bail for Gittens

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince July 7, 2016 at 3:43 am


  2. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson July 7, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Is this man for real what about the victim family what you bring will be all law and books but what about justice

  3. Lennox hewitt July 7, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Yes the AG should resign imediately he only want the cop get bail so why he in call for bail for the others that on remand for murder don’t dig when time come hope people give him bail with that X .

  4. PERRY July 7, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I cant believe what i am reading , and then we wonder why Barbados getting so bad ,you ppl cannot separate politics from reality , Con Gittens who was not only a decent citizen before this incident but an outstanding police officer who went way beyond the call of duty most times to protect us the citizens of this country when we ourselves didn’t even know because we were in our beds sleeping when he and others are out there working .
    The A.G is absolutely right , i certainly am not a fan of the A.G but i couldn’t agree with him more this time , men who are repeated menaces to Barbadian society are on bail and a police officer who thru an error in judgment killed a man is locked up way beyond the time of others who have committed repeated offences were given bail . i agree in the rule of law but what is good for peter has to be good for Paul , and Gittens must stand trail for what he did , but fair is fair .
    i watched attentively when “lord evil” was granted bail and not surprising to me not one single comment from the bajan public but when ever any talk of Con Gittens trial came up we wanted him hung by the balls , we as a society will pay dearly for our attitudes towards authority and our upholding of lawlessness and corruption

  5. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward July 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I always say, some read to respond and some read to understand. It doesnt take a genius to see the unfairness in the judicial system in any country. Mind you, the AG should have never say you shouldn’t give murders bail and then turn and around and suggest since his friend is in jail should get bail because the society would surely mal him like what they are doing now. Got to be careful sir, but I do agree that if a man teaching at UWI gets bail for rape TWICE, a man who slaughtered a whole woman after coming an event got bail and many more get bail when killing someone. Not condoning it but what goes for one shall surely go all. So understand what he is saying and stop as usual pushing at something else.

  6. BaJan boy July 7, 2016 at 7:22 am

    This is purely a political ploy as they have been doing since March 2013 not taking anything about the people’s welfare seriously. He is just trying to get a feel about how the public feels about this. He could have confidentially ask the DPP to accept the police officers attorney’s application for bail and let the DPP ask the Judge to put conditions on his bail. He is the not only the most disrespectful Attorney General we have ever had but the whole bio metrics issue added to this undoubtedly makes him the most ignorant.

  7. Johnathan July 7, 2016 at 7:29 am

    If the Attorney General was really worth his salts he would have had the DPP present the evidence in the preliminary enquiry. They are just looking for public response as this is no public issue. Did he come to country when any of the others were getting bail? Freundel Stuart said he didn’t know the court granting bail to murderers how does this then become an issue. I personally think he should get bail as he deserves the same right as any other accused and his case should never been as an exception where this clown for an Attorney General makes it a public spectacle primarily for the purpose of popularity.

  8. PERRY July 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Why does everything in Barbados now have to be political ? why can’t we deal with the issues and dispute them without drawing politics into the fray . the point is should Gittens be granted bail or not .

  9. BaJan boy July 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    @Perry just like any other accused who was granted bail this man not police officer deserves to be granted bail. Why does this clown have to come to the public with this because it is a high profile case.He wants police support,he didn’t come to the public when none of the others were getting bail. All he had to do is just what@ Johnathan said. Remember his boss didn’t know that murderers were getting bailup until last month now they coming to the public with this one seeking public opinion. They just need to go away and let intelligence,caring and decent people run this country.

  10. Carl July 7, 2016 at 8:37 am

    These responses just show the anti-police element in our society. Compare the number of persons who have lost their lives in police related shootings to persons who have lost their lives in non police related shootings yet those accused are granted bail. Not only that but the public sympathises with them as though they were not responsible for their actions. Their families aid them in avoiding arrest and even go as far as to get them out of the island to avoid prosecution. They want justice only when it suits them. Other murderers were granted bail. Some of them re-offended. The chap who killed the woman in Oistins had killed already. Some convicted of murder were released as though their victims’ lives didn’t matter. Bradshaw was released after he and his cohorts killed Sisnett for no reason. They want justice? It didn’t and shouldn’t start with officer Gittens. Lets get rid of the backlog. Hang those in prison for murder if they really want justice because his can’t be the exception to the rule. The bad boys out there walking around with guns, shooting people at will and when they are arrested these same ‘civic minded’ persons, who are they relatives, then find all sorts of excuses for their actions. They couldn’t tell them anything all along but from the time their ‘loved ones’ are in police custody they camp out at the station. They claim to have no money but manage to acquire the best lawyer possible. When the accused appear at court their parents and other relatives swarm the court. The same parents who couldn’t find time to attend a PTA or form level meeting when their darlings were at school. They want justice? Lets start with the ones before Gittens and come forward.


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