Court rejects firearms plea

A veteran attorney today argued passionately – but unsuccessfully – for a firearm case against three young men to be dismissed, on the basis that the Crown could not prove its case.

Akmal Terrill Haynes of My Lords Hill, St Michael; Kerrie Shaquille Thompson of 14 Field Place, Bayville, St Michael; and Michael Shane Olijuan James of Ashby Alley, Nelson Street, St Michael are all charged with possession of a firearm without a valid licence, stealing a firearm belonging to the Crown, and unlawfully assaulting Ryan Selby on April 20, 2015.

The trio leaving court today.

However, attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that on the cusp of the two-year anniversary of the men being charged, the Crown was “still not ready to start”.

The outspoken lawyer claimed that there was “no physical firearm” to show, and by this stage “we should be hearing from some witness and that some disclosure has been delivered”.

Pilgrim further argued that the men had made 20 appearances before the Bridgetown magistrate which were “completely meaningless”.

He pointed to the case of former remand inmate Pertrice Merritt who was released from prison earlier this week, after a firearm charge against him was dismissed after 15 months.

“How then can we justify going on to keep them in prison after they have done the equivalent of a sentence already?” Pilgrim questioned on the trio’s behalf.

He added that he had applied for bail for the accused, but they were “too impecunious to afford the bail”.

“That is not their fault. In other words, poverty is not a reason for people to be in prison.”

The Queen’s Counsel argued that the only just thing the court could do at this juncture was to dismiss the matter and, if the Crown so desired, it could re-lodge the case, adding that “the people that are involved with the case know that they [the accused] cannot be found guilty of this offence at any time”.

In response, prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill informed Cuffy-Sargeant that the Crown would endeavor to have a file ready for disclosure for the defence in two months.

The magistrate then adjourned the case until March 30, to which Pilgrim replied: “We will come back and try again, Ma’am.”

16 Responses to Court rejects firearms plea

  1. Betty charles March 3, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Then poverty should be a reason to keep out of trouble .

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  2. Lennox hewitt March 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Well do dat .But right now backup Dodds.

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  3. North Point March 3, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Keep de brutes in Dodd’s Prison, the want gun, now pay the price, dem aint want no freedom, they gave it away, to come back out and do the same thing again.

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  4. Sunil Brome March 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

    After two years no case can be brought, aside from the fact that we are innocent until proven guilty. These two comments prior indicate why out court system will not change. These three men are being held for two years and get to be given a fair trial. Stop charging people without having cases. Judges and magistrates stop allowing this to happen. Every man deserves for the court to decide their fate. After however long and no conviction people are returned to society with what…sorry? This system needs to change.

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  5. jrsmith March 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

    What i am a bit concern about, where are these mad young people finding the money to pay these attorneys……
    My take to save taxpayers money, about we in barbados move into the 21st century, these guys should be electronically tag so is lots of others who is clogging up the system…….

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  6. John Wick
    John Wick March 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

    He id correct most will argue otherwise but he correct..

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  7. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde March 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

    YOU GOT TO SEND A STERN WARNING TO THE YOUNG MEN OF BARBADOS,THAT THE AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT LET YOU ALL RECK HAVOC IN THIS COUNTRY..YOU KNOW THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE THESE YOUNG CAN DO,SUPPOSED THEM ACCIDENTLY SHOOT A TOURIST,ALL MAYHEM BREAK LOOSE.

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    • Beverley Hewitt
      Beverley Hewitt March 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

      U was not young and u barely do good in your time i hope u in got children

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    • Keith Forde
      Keith Forde March 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      BEVERLEY,I WONT REPLY TO YOUR COMMENT.I DONT MAKE SENSE.

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  8. Jamila Ford
    Jamila Ford March 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Y’all OLD ppl is jus live ta b judgmental

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  9. PumbAa Stillnotgivingashit
    PumbAa Stillnotgivingashit March 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    2 years no gun no case file wonder how much it cost tax payers to take care of them

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  10. PumbAa Stillnotgivingashit
    PumbAa Stillnotgivingashit March 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    The RBPF is giving barbados more bad press then criminals crime is every where

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  11. Glenn Damon Clarke
    Glenn Damon Clarke March 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Wait, wasn’t there a video of them? The one at the funeral where they snatched the weapon away.

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  12. Alex Alleyne March 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Gun-men must be jailed for a very long time and Murderers must be jailed for life. Until the Court get serious in handing down sentencing on these gut-less fools , the terror will continue in BIM.
    Or maybe my plea will come about only when some HIGH-FLIER get tek-out.

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  13. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin March 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Lord please help us all….
    Andrew Pilgrim needs to stop that…

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  14. Tony Austin March 4, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Lock them up….Lock them up…. Lock them up. Forget all that trush talk from the lawyer. People should be able to walk the street without fair of these thugs.

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