Beach disturbance lands two before court

Two men charged with causing a disturbance at the Dover Beach facility faced different fates today.

Andrew Ricardo Turney, 38, of Coverley Land, Christ Church and Romario Antonio Walcott, 21, of Bamboo Road, St Lawrence, Christ Church were charged with the February 4 offence.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court the men frequented Dover Beach on a daily basis.

However, on the day in question, Walcott approached Turney while he was in conversation with a Caucasian man.

A heated argument ensued and the two grabbed each other, each man demanding that the other leaves the area.

This resulted in a scuffle and both men arming themselves with bottles, which caused tourists and locals alike to scamper. National Conservation Commission (NCC) rangers on the scene alerted the police.

Walcott chased Turney into the seating area in the beach facility, causing people there to flee.

After hearing from both men, Magistrate Douglas Frederick ordered Walcott to perform 80 hours of community service while Turney was placed on a bond to keep the peace for six months.

If he breaches the bond he will have to pay the court $700 forthwith or spend three months in prison. He was also fined $350.

2 Responses to Beach disturbance lands two before court

  1. jrsmith February 7, 2017 at 7:01 am

    They should all be locked up ….. the courts in Barbados should stop being nanby , pamby ………

  2. MIIB February 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    @Jrsmith, I follow your replies and you seem like a highly intelligent person so I’m a bit dumbfounded by the reply you provided.

    Must be more than $30,000 a year for incarceration per head and that has nothing to with medical visits, medicines, transportation and external services etc and you would advocate to lock them up? Do the maths and calculate three months on the tax payer. Correct me if I’m wrong…..smh……may be even more capital than that seeing we are the most expensive country in CARICOM.

    Send them to jail….you don’t think the offence carried mitigating factors, including a guilty plea, send them to jail for a moment of stupidity and being ignorant and head strong, send them to jail when they are probably the major bread winners in the family, the bill payers with mouths to feed etc

    We know the sentencing is erratic but don’t they have sentencing guidelines to follow? Lock up everybody, lock them all up who will pay. You? The Bond presented and 80 hours is a lot of community service. Trust me, that cuts drastically into free time and the ability to earn and socialise. If any thing occurs and they are in the vicinity they stand a chance of being institutionalised.

    Thats a deterrent is it not to not reoffend? When you off CS you glad for your time. Aunt in no hurry to jump back in the lions mouth.

    Have you ever graced the judiciary, had community service or have a clue what it entails do you? Think they make poppies or watch videos on crime and do workbooks?

    You don’t think they are out of court disposals with so many things need doing in the country with so many people laid off from the public sector with drains (Place a flood at the drop of a hat), debushing, beautifying the place with the fly tippers that they could be put to use for the country, the next step is electronic tagging as we cannot afford to jail people at the drop of a hat. Thats a non sensical notion as jail should be reserved despite people doing time for a spliff and for loitering…. Defeats the idea…..

    Cant lock up everybody at whose expense?

    Must be feel it free…. Low level offences put them to work in the community. Put them to clear up, paint, beautify and debush.



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