Holder goes up for seven years

Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius has given a man who had no fixed place of abode somewhere to stay for at least another six and a half years.

She imposed a seven-year prison term on Robert Hamilton Holder, who pleaded guilty in April last year to 12 counts of fraud – eight for uttering forged instruments and four of demanding property on a forged instrument.

However, having already spent 169 days on remand, Holder, who has a rap sheet spanning two decades, now has six years and 196 days left behind bars.

His most recent offence was in 2015 and his first dates back to 1991. Those include unlawful beating, cannabis possession, robbery, assault, theft and contempt of court.

“It seems, Mr Holder, nothing belonging to someone else is safe around you,” the judge pointed out in her sentencing.

Cornelius stated that the aggravating factor in Holder’s crime was the use of drugs – first cannabis, then cocaine – which is of “great concern to this court”.

“Twenty-six years you have been breaking the law . . . [and graduated to] more sophisticated crimes,” said the judge. She noted that in Holder’s latest criminal enterprise, he had stolen from industrious business owners, telling him, “[it will not] in any way be tolerated by this court”.

“[You are] a reckless individual who is of danger to society,” the judge told the father of eight as he stood in the prisoner’s dock.

Holder, who was categorized in a pre-sentencing report as being at high risk of re-offending, was also told to enroll in drug counseling at HMP Dodds.

“Reflect on your actions [and hope] the drug counselling programme will be of assistance to you,” Justice Cornelius said.

Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts prosecuted the case.

8 Responses to Holder goes up for seven years

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor February 7, 2017 at 4:29 am

    D same amount of time ppl does spend for taking a life? Food for thought….. Hmmmmmm

  2. hcalndre February 7, 2017 at 4:51 am

    @Taylor Sharon, I agree, murder is no longer a capital crime in barbados, bail is no problem for persons accused of murder while other non violent crimes, people are sent to jail until their cases are called.

  3. Richard Braithwaite February 7, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Judiciary system in Barbados is looking a joke…?
    Couple of weeks back …A shoplifter got six months
    For stealing …..Tin of corned beef..And cheese ?
    What’s going on ?
    Judiciary very inconsistent in sentences ?
    Seems more a bout judges power / and ego’ s..?

  4. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor February 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Professional criminal he deserves to be locked away with hard labour

  5. Next door the witch February 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Now Judge one of your Bar Member just married a criminal….which is worst the crime committed by this man , Lord evil marriage ….

  6. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne February 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Crime pays in Barbados? Watch de situation in about 3 years’ time.

  7. Alex Alleyne February 7, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Some youngsters go out there and KILL another youngster and go jail for a short time then come out and walk the streets with a smile. In This Court system you just don’t know so The murder victim family must take things in their own hands and “FIX” such problem out in the street them selves . That smile must be “wiped” off the face of these murderers FOREVER.

  8. concern citizen February 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    The laws need to be changed to make it mandatory for persons found guilty of deliberately killing another even if manslaughter is the decision should be sentence to a minimum of 25 years in prison.


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