English visitor gets to stay for Crop Over

COURT TODAY BLOCKAn English visitor, who was ordered to pay costs to the District ‘A’ Traffic Court and then left with immigration officials, will be allowed to remain in Barbados for the time being.

An urgent application was made to the High Court last week on Jordie Ntukila Divungula’s behalf, by attorney-at-law Keren Prescott.

On Wednesday, acting Magistrate Elwood Watts ordered the 20-year-old student to pay $300 costs to the court, after he admitted having four grammes of marijuana on him on Tuesday. Police found the marijuana after they searched a car in which he was travelling.

Watts felt that since Divungula was leaving the island soon, the best option would be to impose a fine. However, attorney-at-law Samuel Legay rose and spoke as a friend of the court. He asked the acting magistrate to consider costs rather than a fine, since the imposition of a fine would amount to a convictionm, which could affect Divungula’s chances of not only returning to Barbados, but visiting other countries as well.

No conviction was recorded against him and the cost was paid. However, since Immigration officials wanted to interview Divungula afterwards, he left with them.    

When Prescott, who does not know Divungula, saw him leave the courtroom in handcuffs and knowing that he had no conviction, she felt that it “just cannot be right”. So she made her way to Grantley Adams International, where Divungula was waiting to be deported. She spoke to him there and subsequently made the application.

The result of that late application is that Divungula will be allowed to remain here until July 31, when the attorney has to return to court for the substantive application to be heard.

“I am pleased that he has gotten to enjoy the Crop Over activities,” Prescott said.

7 Responses to English visitor gets to stay for Crop Over

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Wunna right in the head? Wunna does do bare foolishness, I bet wunna it’s a who you KNOW. That’s the same student studying law and broke it at the same time. He Crop Over end when he was in possession of marijuana. He should of been deported back to the UK and I am sure he would arrive back in time for Notting Hill Carnival. Wunna got one law for one and one for another. What sort of message are you giving? Wunna might as well release the Jamaicans, Guyanese wunna got in Dodds City. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  2. Alex Alleyne July 28, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I take it that the English people are WHITE looking at the foolishness that went down here. If this was a CARICOM person they will be spending a vacation at our 4 star hotel at DODDS. No wonder Ms. Myrie got BDS for a hefty sum . Its 2 Barbados fah true

  3. dave July 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Is Marijuana still illegal in Barbados ? Really ? cant tell

  4. Alec Pierre July 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I still think that it was very caring and kind of the Attorney for doing everything she possibly could for her CLIENT. However, after having read the first three comments I think it was left to the magistrate or head of immigration (or whoever’ function it is) to deny the Attorney’s plea.

  5. Bajan boy July 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Would you believe that in the next local newspaper a bajan is being refused entry almost without explanation by the British authorities (black man mind u) and here we are putting diapers on a white marijuan either user or pusher and refusing to convict him (white mind u) when there are numerous young men and women here who cannot get a visa nor go the same UK because the same court convicted them for the same marijuana and guarantee you in many cases a lot less than he had.(black again mind u) that is justice in Barbados…

  6. Alex Alleyne July 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    A black PM, a black GG, black head of DODDS, a black head of the police department , a black populated Island , still WHITE people RULE Barbados .

  7. Arlette Belgrave July 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I do not have a degree in English, but the title page definitely does not quite fit the article. I thought this individual did something significant that allowed him the opportunity to stay and enjoy the cropover festivities. Was very disappointed when I read he was cited for having drugs. How does the two relate.


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