Magistrate concerned about gun offences

todays courtAs far as acting Magistrate Alliston Seale is concerned, there are way too many firearm matters coming before the law courts.

He made the remarks while considering bail for Rio Richian Benn who was accused of entering Deandra Foster’s home as a trespasser with a gun on October 22, 2014, intending to cause her serious bodily harm.

Seale said he was concerned with the alleged possession and use of guns.

However, attorney-at-law Allan Carter said the court had to be “extremely careful” in determining whether an accused should be remanded and for how long.

He said the court needed to avoid a situation where “anybody can say somebody had a firearm” and almost be guaranteed that that person would lose his or her freedom by being remanded.

As he pleaded for bail for his client, Carter said the 23-year-old had community ties and a mother with a
heart condition.

“There is nothing to say that he is of a bad character and has a lot of other charges,” Carter argued.

Benn, a resident of Upper Dukes Alley, Vine Street, St Michael, was eventually released on $25,000 bail.

His case has been adjourned until April 17.

4 Responses to Magistrate concerned about gun offences

  1. Aldo January 28, 2015 at 8:08 am

    They should be a mandatory prison sentence for any one caught with a fire arm illegally.

  2. Fernando Forde January 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Agreed.5yrs for the illegal fire arms and then the crime.
    The gun situation in Barbados is very serious. Trinidad and Jamaica did not get their high murder numbers over night. It started just where we are today.
    As an economy that is base primarily on tourist we can not permit this to develop any further.
    If New York city could be pulled back from a reputation of an extremely bad city a few years ago, it can be done in little Barbados, but action must be taken now

  3. Mark Walkes January 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    The details reported are sketchy however if this guy had an unlicenced firearm, enter someone’s private dwelling clearly with the intent to commit a crime and gets bail, as already commented this should be an automatic prison sentence.

  4. Tony Waterman January 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    @Aldo!! I suggested exactly that a few years ago, when Gun Crime was just starting to escalate in Barbados, and i was Castigated by ALMOST every on these Blogs as being Backwards and out of touch, at that time Jamaica was Instituting Their GUN COURT,
    @Fernando Forde!!! Your Sentencing Suggestion is exactly what i suggested back then, but i also added the California Style Three Strikes Rule, whis has been proven to make Criminals and Aspiring Criminals think twice before committing another Crime.
    @Mark Walkes!!! The Automatic Sentencing was a part of my Suggestion back then, as long as the person was seen with the Gun, or was CAUGHT with the Gun in their Possession (Including Property) or on their person, they were taken to a JP or a Judge who signed their Commital Papers and off to Dodds. First ofence 5 yrs, second offence 10 yrs, 3rd offence (Strike Three) 15 to 25 With Hard Labour, according to the severity(Violence) of the Crime.
    Allowing bail for persons charged with Gun Crimes or Murder is downright STUPID, sometime last year there was a guy on a murder charge who was given Bail, and he promptly went out and Murdered someone else, that Death was squarely on the shoulders of the law makers, and their family should have sued the Government and the Ag.
    New York did it because Mayor Juliani, Mayor at that time, IGNORED the BLEEDING HEARTS and did what he knew had to be done, reason ?? their tourists Dollars were in decline, and it was attributed to the high crime rate at the time, we are just arriving at that stage now, and we will SUFFER, we are a ONE HORSE (Tourism) Country.


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