Accused prison officer claims he was blackmailed

A prison officer, who unlawfully brought letters and photographs into Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds, said he did it because he was being blackmailed by an inmate.

Shawn McDonald Herbert, an officer with the Barbados Prison Service for the past eight years, made the revelation Friday in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty to three offences under the Prisons Act.

The 41-year-old resident of Olivies Gap, Tudor Bridge, St Michael admitted to giving a number of letters and photographs to prisoner Fabian Jones without lawful authority; bringing a number of letters and photographs out of Her Majesty Prison Dodds without lawful authority; and attempting, without lawful authority, to convey a number of letters and photographs to Jones.

Prison officer Shawn McDonald Herbert leaving the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court Friday.
Prison officer Shawn McDonald Herbert leaving the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court Friday.

The offences allegedly occurred between June 17 and September 14, 2016.

According to the facts read by police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock, Herbert came in contact with the inmate through his attachment with the sanitation department at the penal institution.

Jones allegedly asked Herbert to do him a favour by contacting someone on the outside, to which the accused man consented. Herbert reportedly made contact with a woman who later gave him a cell phone number so Jones could contact her through the prison service.

That arrangement apparently went on for sometime until Jones allegedly made a second request of the prison officer – this time to take correspondence, which he again agreed too.

Rock disclosed that on September 3, Jones informed the woman that his cell had been searched and certain items were found, including photos which she would have sent to him.

Acting on information 11 days later, prison officers searched Herbert’s locker and discovered a white envelope in his right shoe containing three letters and a small picture.

Herbert denied knowledge of the items at first, but later admitted to the offence saying that Jones gave it to him for the woman.

The woman in question was also interviewed by police and turned over 19 letters, which she indicated were brought to her by Herbert from Jones.

However, taking into consideration Herbert’s work experience, the prison’s rules and the Prisons Act, Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch asked the accused man what would have compelled him to go against the regulations.

“Sir, I was stupid, I am so sorry,” Hebert replied softly, to which the acting chief magistrate replied, “You have given up your job, your pension and on the verge of giving up your freedom”.

“I am trying to figure out what inducement [could have been] offered out to you to make you betray the State, to make you betray your fellow officers . . . that could possibility justify this?”

Herbert, who held his head down at intervals as Birch addressed him, responded: “I went out with a girl a night and it turned out to be a guy . . . so he had that over my head.”

However, Birch was not impressed and he countered that Herbert’s next stop should have been to the District ‘C’ Police Station and the Superintendent’s office.

“I am sorry Sir,” Herbert said again, to which Birch replied: “Mr Herbert, this is one of those times that sorry is cold comfort, you can’t make wrong things right . . . you have betrayed your comrades, you undermined the security at Her Majesty’s Prison.”

A presentencing report was ordered by the District ‘C’ Magistrate who remanded Hebert to jail until September 23, pending sentencing.

He is to be segregated from the general prison populace.

The accused prison officer was today transported to the St Philip based penal institution by two officers in a police jeep.

17 Responses to Accused prison officer claims he was blackmailed

  1. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay September 17, 2016 at 9:45 am

    lolol,went out wid woman to find out it was a man what,in prison bulling,lolol

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks September 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Ras Unjay but duh don’t got de women separate from de mem in jail, how he get confused so lol

      • harry turnover September 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        He went out wid a bullaman on the outside not in prison and Jones like he spot he before he went jail.
        ….but Herbert who you trying to fool ? ya mean to tell big people that at age 41 you doan know a bullaman from a woman ? and furthermore you would have to be where the bullas hang out to be able to go out wid one…so doan come wid dat stunt……tel that to the marines

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay September 17, 2016 at 11:49 am


  2. Alex Alleyne September 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

    “I went out with a girl that turn out to be a guy” . Now he is at HOME, so he need not worry.

  3. Dexter Israel
    Dexter Israel September 17, 2016 at 9:56 am

    these nasty prison officers n police officers how them does feel gine jail tho?….knowing them looks down on ppl n now them in the same place them locking doors but them doors getting lock for them now….

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 17, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Listen to me miscreant do not paint all persons with the same brush i would suggest you choose your words carefully.

  4. Lennox hewitt September 17, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Lol yea alex he n got np now now he no who is who cause men n wimen seperate .

  5. jrsmith September 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

    He was being black mail , sorry mate you are not the only one who’s being blackmail in Barbados. This politician thing is catching on pointing the finger at some one else…

  6. Alex Alleyne September 17, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Looking forward to “happy-hour”.

  7. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar September 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Your defense for your action is exceedingly very poor. If you were being blackmail an offence in law, why succumbed to your blackmailer and compromised your integrity, when you had legitimate avenues to deal with such action. Even if you went out with a gay you thought to be female, the man got strong evidence on you? Bro, the man see your simplicity and went for the kill.

  8. Mandy Unforgetable
    Mandy Unforgetable September 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    “I went out with a girl a night and it turned out to be a guy, so he had that over my head”
    Mr Herbert, don’t be stupid nobody can’t have nothing over your head its your word against his are you an idiot. Stupse… Go relax yourself for a week man poor excuse!!!

  9. Alex Alleyne September 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Must have been a “heavy” experience. LOL, LOL,

  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    The justice system in Barbados is corrupt to the bone. Here you have a situation where this man is going to lose his job, his pension and whatever else for bringing and taking letters and photos to a prisoner. The magistrate ain’t showing he no mercy, but Leroy Parris is accused of stealing millions, a forensic report found him guilty of obtaining 3 million inappropriately, and the man in he big house enjoying the spoils, while the system protects him with nuff adjournments. What the heck is this.

  11. jrsmith September 18, 2016 at 4:41 am

    @ ,Sunshine S .. S , hail hail on the button , this is where we are our politicians has brought us to this them and us society. Look who is been imprisoned day after day.. Our black politicians has learned from (Massa) how to divide and rule and control our black people so easy…. Its always been said by lots of people money is the root of all evil, but also been said , people who says so haven’t got any…

  12. Ijah kobie September 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

    How can dis man be blackmailing he , wen this man were in prison for so many years , and he were a officer for only 8 years , dis guy spend most of his life behind bars.

  13. BoboTheClown September 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    BULL. Mr.Herbert ,Bull. You got caught red handed. Probably profiting from not only as a Prison Officer,but as “A part time Postman”.(EXTRA CASH ). What this tells me is that Mr.Herbert was not only being paid by his Government Employer,but also had cash coming in from another source ; A criminal,a prisoner.
    I guess one could call him ,a person with vision i.e (lack of ) .
    The audacity to try to say that he was blacked mailed because his date was mistakened for a woman and later found out it was a man was the reason for his actions. I say “tell dah to de Judge”.
    I know they will be no mistaking” Big Bubba ” for a woman ” when he decide to teach you the differences between a man and a woman.
    I think your ass will be in the grass where it deserves to be Mr. Herbert or like de french would say ,Monsieur ebere.
    Do hope you’ll be able to smuggle out some of your pictures ,showing close encounters that you most likely will have at Dodds.


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