Utter nonsense!

Wheels of justice too slow, says Pilgrim

“Our judicial system is a joke!”

Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim
Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim

A frustrated Andrew Pilgrim QC, today uttered these strong words in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, amid uncertainty over whether the Crown was proceeding with a murder case that had been pending for the past four years.

“We are incapable of guaranteeing anyone a trial within a reasonable time,” Pilgrim told acting Magistrate Alliston Seale. “If you plead guilty to a speeding ticket, you cannot get a trial within a year.”

Magistrate Seale had to adjourn the case again –– this time until May 28 –– after the police prosecutor, Sergeant Janice Ifill, said she did not know the status of the case as she was awaiting word from Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock QC.

Shamar Antonio Lynch, 21, of Walkes Spring, St Thomas and Micah Laron Chase, 28, of #4 Gullyfield, Bayville, St Michael are accused of murdering Julius “Ju Ju” Gittens, who died after being shot on Spry Street, the City, on February 18, 2010.

Shamar Antonio Lynch

Ifill told the court that she had tried to reach the DPP since the last occasion when the case came up but was unsuccessful. As a result, she could not say what the status of the matter was.

Pilgrim, who is representing the accused, contended it has been more than four years since the murder charge has been hanging over their heads.

Originally, a third man, Andre Hinkson, was charged with Lynch and Chase but his case subsequently went before the High Court by way of paper committal. His trial ended with a jury finding him not guilty of murdering Gittens.

“If who is said to be the major player has already been acquitted . . . then the DPP . . . would be in the best position to say which direction the matter will go,” Magistrate Seale said.

“This can’t be justice,” he stressed.

It is understood that the preliminary inquiry into the charges against Lynch and Chase started but later stopped at the request of the DPP. The files were forwarded to him to make a determination on the case.

“Between the last 28 days and now, nobody has called Mr Leacock to see what is going on with this case?” Pilgrim queried.

The senior attorney then asked for the case to be dismissed, saying there were some people who “believe a murder case cannot be dismissed”.

The accused were “being prejudiced by this situation,” Pilgrim contended.

“Every 28 days, we have to explain to the same two people the same nonsense . . . that nothing is happening. But if you dismiss it, I am sure that somebody will call somebody . . . something will happen even if they relodge it again next week,” the senior lawyer argued.

Magistrate Seale said the situation also concerned him, while stating that “the status quo” could not remain. He said he too had “anticipated that something would happen today” since a prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Principal Crown Counsel Lancelot Applewaithe, was present.

Pilgrim also made reference to a Court of Appeal decision for which he was waiting for some time that was recently adjourned until June for a decision.

Saying he “may as well go to Hollywood”, Pilgrim remarked: “All I do is adjourn matters. I am an adjourner.”

He added: “Lawyers in this country have a terrible reputation. When lawyers steal from people,  they make front page news. When we do free work, it is not reported. When we try to help people, it is not reported.”

Accused Chase also addressed the court, saying that he has a daughter in the United Kingdom whom he has not seen and would like to do so.

“You trying to make it look as though you want change but nothing is happening Sir . . .,” he told the magistrate. “My family depends on me . . . This system tries to create monsters. I was walking around in a frustrated state for over five years . . . . Anything is possible Sir.”

The acting magistrate asked the accused to desist from speaking and adjourned the matter until May 28.

Source: (Sandra Downes)

4 Responses to Utter nonsense!

  1. Tony Webster May 1, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Yes, Mr, Pilgrim, welcome to the club. I’m slightly surprised that you have not previously made your point so effectively, and have only now joined the happy band of Common Citizens, who waste their time , effort, money, angst, and blood pressure…all the while witnessing our finest “performing” from the vantage points of prosection; defence; and from other places even more elevated. You should do like us; bring your bible to these circuses, and having enjoyed re-read the Good Book sixteen times, you can then move-on to contemplating your “nable-hole”, while wondering also as to the source of that awdul odour permeating all over this precious State of Denmark. For some strange reason, it seems strongest at our Hallowed Halls of Justice, where a blind lady called Justicia is said to be imprisoned. And against her will, to boot!

    I recommend a large bowl of soup, to be supped and shared equally amongst all three branches which comprise our shining, effecient, and vaunted “Judicial system”. No I refer not to the prosecutors, the defenders, and those who sit on high. I refer to those who make money from the system; those who make nuff, nuff money from the system; and those who could and should change it..but instead prefer to sit on their fat nether regions and to watch Rome burn.
    Might you be an accessory to the odour, Sir? ? Or during? Or even …after the offending odour, Sir? Just a teeny-weeny li’l bit, Sir? How do you plead, Sir?
    Hope you enjoy the soup, Sir! Bon Appetit!

  2. seagul May 1, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Guns are not the problem, they are the result of a bigger problem, the root of the problem which is the corrupt society, government, police, politics From the media to the businesses the whole system is corrupt.

  3. wayne dread May 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm


  4. Mike May 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Who is going to review the judicial system, the judiciary? The attorneys who dominant government and the opposition?. Barbados infrastructure is based on a close nit system that only the intervention of God himself can break. Maybe we need a Baltimore uprising to open the eyes of all of us.


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