Brathwaite faces time for indecently assaulting teen

Principal Crown Council Elwood Watts has made it clear that schoolgirls must be allowed to commute on the island’s public transport system “without being violated by adult men”.

He issued the warning today in the No. 5 Supreme Court as he urged Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius to impose a two to three-year sentence on 51-year-old Patrick Anderson Brathwaite.

The #1 Welches, Oistins, Christ Church resident pleaded guilty last April to indecently assaulting a 13-year-old schoolgirl on December 1, 2009.

The student had sat next to Brathwaite on a bus when he placed his hand on her thigh and attempted to touch her genitals.

“It is the most guarded part of a female and to [seek to touch] uninvited it should come with a custodial sentence,” the prosecutor declared.

In addressing the judge Brathwaite asked for forgiveness “with all my heart”, adding that he had turned his life “to God and resist evil” while on remand.

Reading a prepared statement, he said: “When I am out [I want] to minister for the Lord Jesus . . . I am asking the court for leniency.”

However, Brathwaite’s legal troubles went beyond the indecent assault conviction, as he also pleaded guilty to possession, importation and trafficking of 45.9 kilogrammes of cannabis.

The illicit substance was discovered on July 7, 2005 by the country’s Marine Unit about eight nautical miles from Barbados.

Police, acting on a tip, intercepted the boat, Shekera, which was on its way to Barbados from St Vincent and the Grenadines with Brathwaite and two other people on board.

In his statement to police the seasoned fisherman revealed that he and the other men had arrived in St Vincent on July 5 that same year and had loaded the boat with 600 pounds of cannabis.

However on the way back home some of the bails were thrown overboard when he saw a vessel, which he thought was either the Vincentian or French Coast Guard approaching.

Police later retrieved two of the packages.

Brathwaite was also found guilty of the June 8, 2008 offence of possession and trafficking of 159. 1 kilogrammes of cannabis.

Watts told the judge that Brathwaite did not “strike me as a hardcore criminal, though he may have previous convictions
. . . [He was] taken advantage of [because] of his simplicity.

“He has not imported the drugs for himself. His level is a foot solider,” the prosecutor added as he suggested that an additional three to four-year sentenced be imposed on Brathwaite, who has already spent 52 months in jail.

“I believe that it would meet the justice
. . . in these matters,” Watts said.

Judge Cornelius adjourned the case until March 24 when Brathwaite will be sentenced for all his illegal acts.

7 Responses to Brathwaite faces time for indecently assaulting teen

  1. kathy-Ann Clarke March 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Stupes, he is a joker !

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  2. Rick March 9, 2017 at 8:32 am

    He was the foot soldier, so where is the general that gave him the orders….when will we see the general brought to justice? I am sure the soldier should be ready to reveal the general’s name by now. If the soldier don’t give up the generals’ name, let him spend a long tume in prision.

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  3. jrsmith March 9, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Come on give the guy a break , he has since turn his life around and turn to god and would be a preacher if he is freed , but what happens to the girl…her feelings and her family….
    My take lots of people commit certain crimes because they feel they would get away with it…thats barbados….
    As for the drugs he is just a mino and a fool , who takes the heat for the protected big ups.. what ever he gets serve him right…..he could start a church in prison

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  4. North Point March 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Brathwaite knew what he was doing from the get go. For assaulting that little girl I would start him off with ten years, and for the drugs, a similar punishment. These criminals like Brathwaite like to think that they can trick the justice system and get away with it. He got the gall to say that he wants to preach and spread the gospel of Christ, why he did not thing of that before going to St. Vincent. Im sure we all will remember when Bradshaw was released from prison, he said that he wasted to meet with some one from the Government and start a youth programme, and in less than one year he was back behind bars. Brathwaite could count himself as luck that no one from that girl family came looking for him with a piece of 2×4. Mr. Prosecutor, Madam Justice, let 10 years rain on his parade, he can keep his service in Prison, many souls are there to be saved, including Bradshaw’s.

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  5. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce March 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Shud b nuff time 2 old pervert

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  6. Batdogg Batdogg
    Batdogg Batdogg March 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

    13 years

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  7. Debera March 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Some of these dirty men in this country (Barbados) think they do foolishness and get away with it,they little should shouted hard for everybody to hear(Rape).

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