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Double standard

Calls to deport James compared to criminal deportees situation

Convicted killer Arleigh Hector James, who is facing strong calls for his deportation to the land of his birth, has found an ally in Edmund Hinkson, an attorney-at-law and Opposition Member of Parliament for St James North.

James received an early release from prison this week after serving 22 years of a life sentence for beheading his 35-year-old wife Debra James. He also slashed his 14-year-old stepdaughter Sabrina to death in a savage cutlass attack back on May 1, 1994. His son Ashley King, who was 13-years-old at the time, escaped death by hiding beneath a bed.

Since James’, release residents of Newbury, St George, where he previously lived, have made it clear they do not want him back, and there have been growing calls for the 59-year-old to be sent back to St Vincent and the Grenadines, where he was born.

The calls have continued despite the fact that King, now 35, has said he had forgiven his father and has called on Barbadians to do the same.

Hinkson, who has practised law for 30 years, addressed the issue last night when he spoke to approximately 25 prospective job trainees at the Weston Community Centre in St James.

“We see a man let out of jail [after] 22 years [for] a double-murder. He served time but nobody wants him round them. That is the reality of Barbados. And they want to send him back to where he born,” the Opposition legislator said as he sought to impress on the trainees the importance of staying out of trouble.

He compared the calls for James’ deportation to the expulsion of convicts from the United States and Canada.

Caribbean countries have long complained about the criminal deportees, insisting many of them had little to no connection to the countries of their birth, having migrated at an early age.

Regional governments have also blamed the deportees for rising crime.

“When Canada and America send back people who serve their time – Barbadians who served their time in jails in Canada or America – we vex with them. Now we doing the same thing.

“I am saying that to show you that we have to keep on the narrow and straight path in terms of the criminal justice system,” Hinkson said.

James, who had lived here for 13 years before his incarceration, was the latest convicted killer granted early release, following the freeing in March of Peter Bradshaw, who, along with the notorious Winston Hall and David Oliver, was convicted in 1985 of the murder of 74-year-old Francia Plantation owner Cyril Sisnett.

Their release, along with the granting of bail to people charged with murder, has caused consternation among the Barbadian public, many of whom have cried injustice.

Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim has estimated that there may be over 30 alleged murderers out on bail here.

It is an issue that has attracted the attention of Senior Pastor at the Kingdom First International Church Fitzroy Wilson.

The religious leader did not object to granting convicted murderers their freedom. However, he told Barbados TODAY it was critical that the authorities ensured the convicts go through a thorough rehabilitation programme before they are allowed out of jail.

“We have to ensure that they are ready to come back into society,” Wilson said.

The pastor described Barbados as an unforgiving society, which was generally unwilling to give people a second chance.   

He avoided being critical of this mindset, stating that while the church preached forgiveness, it also needed to be assured that any rehabilitation programme undertaken by the authorities would have a profoundly positive effect on those being prepared for reintegration into the society.

“Forgiveness does not mean that you don’t use wisdom in terms of how you interact with someone who has injured you. I may forgive you but issues of trust might still be there.

“I am at a point where I am not holding this thing against you, but at the same time, I don’t feel an obligation to you . . . don’t ask me to invite you to dinner,” he said. 

11 Responses to Double standard

  1. Brien King
    Brien King July 16, 2016 at 4:28 am

    These hypocrites are amazing, as much as the pastor and this opposition member is stating forgiveness, they wouldn’t want these same people near their homes , far less inside them but would want others to put up with them ? These two fools should give an example of the forgiveness they state about, let the killers come and live at your home for a few years without any fear of them, I dare you. But if you would not do such then don’t expect others to do it, there is no reason he should stay here to make law abiding citizens uneasy in their home, there is solid grounds for sending him back to his country of birth. Barbados send back people to their place of birth for far less than what he have done.

  2. jrsmith July 16, 2016 at 5:12 am

    This man should have been hung in the first place. This is a very violent , violent man the sooner we get him out of Barbados the better.. until he is ready to go let him live with the pastor and politician.. most of these bigots who goes on about forgiveness a horrible word, only forgive when they are not the effected ones…

  3. Alex Alleyne July 16, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Yard-fowl Politics. that’s all.

  4. Lennox hewitt July 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Man Hinkson i thought better of u no way would u go and let James come by u house inside go work and leff him doing work home by u no way and only James ond Miss Hinkson home i mean d Pastor 2 do Hinkson watch your mouth cause people may not vote for u next election he want senning back dum send back Guyanese not for Killing but for over stay n dont want send he back for 2 murders .

  5. Carson C Cadogan July 16, 2016 at 8:29 am

    The hypocrisy of far too many Bajans on this issue is glaringly stupid.

    Hinkson you are more sensible than I thought.

  6. harry turnover July 16, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Hinkson wha SH8 you coming wid now ?…first of all ARE YOU A BORN BAJAN ???…if not…IF you kill a fella be prepared to spend 22 years in DODDS then we gine pack ya back to ya Country of BIRTH whenever ya come out.
    As far as Bajans complaining when Countries send back our CRIMINALS…..YES !! they complain BUT who listens to them ?..has anything been done about it… NO ?
    So why you want Bdos to keep your CRIMINALS ?? you is a MADMAN or wha ?
    People in your constituency should take note of wha you say and don’t give ya a damn vote.

  7. Sue Donym July 16, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Double standard, you say? When Mr Edmond Hinkson, a lawyer and politician vows to make and uphold laws for the protection and well-being of Barbadians and then talks nonsense contrary to that, I would call that a double standard.

    What Barbados is seeking to do, as other countries do, is to tell Mr James and vicious, dangerous criminals that you have outstayed your welcome by acting against our laws. We are invoking our right to say that you have abused the privilege of living among law-abiding residents; you have given up the ability to choose to live here. The right to peaceful, comfortable enjoyment of Barbados trumps any benefits that Mr James or his son believes he should have.

  8. Carson C Cadogan July 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Mr. Hinkson I am with you 100% on this one.

    Bajans are being hypocritical. If he is sent back to St. Vincent the Govt. of St. Vincent must not allow him to get off the plane.

    Turn the plane back around and send it and him back to Barbados.

  9. Sherlock Holmes. July 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Carson ,more and more i am becoming suspicious of you,you are now siding with the Bees this is rather strange,but not surprising i am picking up that your interest and differences lies squarely with matters of legality,hmm i wonder why?Here of late matters pertaining to the law seem to be your pet peeve with this government.

  10. Sherlock Holmes. July 16, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    By the way Mr Hinkson find Mr James converse with him,and then invite him to stay at you,put your money where your mouth is and be that good example of a caring citizen i am sure that with time you can help him to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society after all you do not like the idea of sending him back to his homeland i will support you on such a move,heck i would even vote for you.

  11. J. Payne July 16, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Garcia from Cuba got deported for less as right.


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