Court worry

Man nabbed entering Magistrates’ Court with loaded gun

A tragedy waiting to happen!

That’s was the reaction of one prominent attorney and former President of the Barbados Bar Association to today’s worrying incident, which occurred on the precincts of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on Coleridge Street,
The City.

It was well before noon when a young man reportedly attempted to enter the busy Bridgetown court with a loaded gun.

However, police said in a statement issued just after noon today that he was stopped and questioned by a security guard, along with police officers, as he attempted to gain access to the building via the main gate. A struggle ensued and the court offender was detained, searched and the firearm discovered.

Up to late tonight, police were yet to confirm the identify of the court offender, but attorney-at-law Wilfred Abrahams, who is also an Opposition Barbados Labour Party Senator, told Barbados TODAY that based on the information he had been able to glean privately about the incident, he was worried that one of the main places of work might not be safe.

Abrahams  said he had been informed that the main reason the man was not allowed into the compound was that he wore short pants, and not because he was carrying a loaded weapon.

While giving kudos to the security guard who eventually discovered the firearm, Abrahams said today’s disturbing event highlights “some inherent weaknesses” in the court’s security system, as he went on to compare the situation at the magistrate’s court with that at the island’s main judicial building, the Supreme Court.

He explained that while in the Supreme Court the security scanning was at the entrance to the building, in the magistrate’s court, “you can walk right up to the door of the court without being searched.

“Lucky for us, the man happened to be wearing a short pants, because that is the only reason he was stopped at the gate. If he was wearing a long pants, he would have gotten right up,” Abrahams told Barbados TODAY.

The attorney further cautioned that there was a similar security weakness at the gate leading into the Central Police Station “where if you are coming through to go to the police canteen, you can just walk through that gate without being searched once again”.

He further took issue with the current procedure whereby “persons in custody are walked across the courtyard within touching distance of their family, friends, supporters or people who might wish to do them harm, or try to rescue them”, saying, “It is unacceptable”.

In light of today’s “scare”, he said it was time for the authorities to face up to the reality that criminals in the country were getting daring, while suggesting that at least some of the police officers working in court compounds should be armed.

“It is a real risk, and the court is a hot bed for passion, by its very nature it deals with the criminal elements in the country. So it is now time for us to stop burying our heads in the sand and accept that violence has now come to the steps of the court and arm some of the police officers in the precincts of the court,” he emphasized.

With police and other judicial officials and staff tightlipped about the investigation, Abrahams stressed that “had that [man] not been wearing a short pants, Lord alone knows what would have happened! That’s the only reason he got stopped.

“It happened to be a guard who said, ‘no, you are not going through . . . you are not appropriately dressed for court’. It was only when the man insisted that they held him . . . the gun was up between his legs. Had he been properly dressed, somebody would have died,” he added.

10 Responses to Court worry

  1. dave June 17, 2016 at 12:41 am

    The people /Government /authorities are a bunch of jokers -fuh real.. Threr are serious security isses at many key areas in Barbados . When will they tighten up these areas.? Bajans so damn lazy though

  2. jrsmith June 17, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I am not surprise at this happening, the politicians must take the blame they do nothing in Barbados. its a very, very corrupt island don’t believe anything you hear via politicians….our island is heading for disaster..

  3. Sherlock Holmes. June 17, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Rather than congratulate the efforts of the security guard and the police i am hearing a lot of drivel, seems like there is this penchant to condemn and criticize regardless of the circumstances,and in some cases all because of some political bias or agenda.DAVE as usual a bunch of crap written by you ,it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,i am very pleased that this misguided youngster was apprehended and i hope he feels the full weight of the law for his silly action.Another gun off of the streets and hope fully another joker as well.

    • harry turnover June 17, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Blame the Opposition den .if that gine please you. If they had put measures in place when they were in power that didn’t gine happen,RIGHT ???

  4. BaJan boy June 17, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Sherlock Holmes you idiot what is there to praise about a poor and dangerous system. We have a lazy government that has done absolutely nothing in this country in the past 8 years to enhance any aspect of life for our people. Security in this country is so poor at almost every institution,guns are plentiful and so are idiots who are even more dangerous than you are. I support @harry turnover because that is all you clowns have been doing.
    One of them will die in prison now that he is caught whether on remand or sentence. Thanks God he didn’t succeed yesterday otherwise it would have been another very disgraceful situation for a country that does not deserve neither that type of behavior nor type the Government it has.

  5. Alex Alleyne June 17, 2016 at 7:37 am

    To go into the building to get a “birth certificate” one must empty their pockets, shirt tail inside , no short pants no cell phones , bags checked and check with a guard, then pass through a screening machine .
    Where are your “priorities” ?????????.

  6. Sherlock Holmes. June 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Bajan Boy i am so hurt that someone like you can call me an idiot,wow, you are so silly, the fact that the youngster was apprehended shows me that we still have officers that are vigilant,the fact that he was stopped because of his attire and a search ensued was commendable . he could have just been simply asked to go back outside of the compound and the gun would not have been detected. You as usual just open your mouth to bray and to sound off you political biases, and it does nothing for the education of others as you bring nothing to the table.I take what the goodly lawyer said as a means of instruction but my point is these are situations which will affect us all and there must be no signals sent that it is the fault of any particular party of groups of people. Bajan Boy i would have told you before your political blinkers has totally clouded your sense of reason and as a result you always come to this forum and truly show the level of you intelligence.

  7. Sherlock Holmes. June 17, 2016 at 10:35 am

    your intelligence……..correction.

  8. BaJan boy June 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Unfortunately you are not even smart enough to put on blinkers. You are so smart you think to detect a gun on a young man going into a court by accident is all that. Clown my point is that should be a matter of course. Go get some blinkers and wake up Freundel the same time..

  9. andy June 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Can anyone tell me why politicians are being blame for this.If the attorney general had ever made a statement that daring crime is upon us and we need to have better security at the courts(scanners),he would be taken to task by people like dave an jrsmith.stop being reactive and become proactive.Dave finally included himself in the BUNCH OF JOKERS BRACKETread his opening sentence


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