Teacher freed of rape charge

A male schoolteacher walked out of the High Court Wednesday free of a 2002 rape charge.

The educator, who was 43 years old at the time of the alleged offence, had been accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, sometime between November 1 and 30, 2002. He had denied the allegation.

When the matter came up for hearing in the No. 5 Supreme Court before Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius Wednesday, the virtual complainant said she was no longer interested in giving evidence in the case and wanted to move on with her life.

Through questioning by the prosecutor Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman, the alleged victim assured the judge she had not been forced, threatened or intimidated into making the decision.

Blackman said the Crown was therefore no longer in a position to proceed with the matter and requested that the case be dismissed.

As such, Justice Cornelius let the accused man, who was represented by attorney-at-law Arthur Holder, go free.

62 Responses to Teacher freed of rape charge

  1. Jason Patel
    Jason Patel June 15, 2017 at 1:12 am

    She should get lock up and get a heavy fine for wasting time

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    • Dennis Connell
      Dennis Connell June 15, 2017 at 1:25 am

      After 15 years for a case to be heard…who really wasted time here…not the young woman for sure

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  2. Connie June 15, 2017 at 1:17 am

    My goodness 15 years for a case to be heard? the ‘girl ” would now be 28 yrs old…

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  3. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 15, 2017 at 1:19 am

    And he will continue to interact with young females smh 15 years to hear this case ??disgraceful…

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  4. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies June 15, 2017 at 2:44 am

    15yrs to hear a rape case against a 13year old l would have drop the case also,this is why victims don’t come forward cause nothing is done

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  5. hcalndre June 15, 2017 at 3:15 am

    @Dennis Connell, the system is who wasted the time, 15 years to hear a case in Barbados is a disgrace unless the accused was on the run, the lady should not even turn up for the trial.

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  6. Vadis T. Agard
    Vadis T. Agard June 15, 2017 at 3:31 am

    This is saddening. Our justice system continues to fail our society’s vulnerable.

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  7. Elle June 15, 2017 at 4:03 am

    15 years!!!?? My God! Wasnt even going to court,honestly!
    Im sure if that pervert had assulted a politician’s kid we wouldn’t be having this discussion! AWFULl just AWFUL !!!

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  8. Angela Howard-Graham
    Angela Howard-Graham June 15, 2017 at 4:48 am

    How much money was paid out we must ask

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    • harry turnover June 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

      How much money ???…you mean money, house,land and all his assets.Wonder if he was/ is married ,then his wife is entitled to a share too.

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    • Meek Alleyne
      Meek Alleyne June 15, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Daz all dem like to do wid these cases but advertising everyday on cbc that ppl should speak put against child abuse…..sad#

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  9. Precious Gem
    Precious Gem June 15, 2017 at 4:50 am

    I wonder how many others he raped in that time

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  10. Justin N C Pablo
    Justin N C Pablo June 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Justice delayed is Justice denied. Except for poor management of the justice system what could have possibly prevented this matter from being heard in a timely manner. This is fast becoming a shameful Caribbean phenomenon.

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  11. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons June 15, 2017 at 5:21 am

    A national disgrace and another blot on a shameful judicial process. The ‘victim’ is now 27 or 28 and more than likely this was a case of statutory rape [alleged] 15 years ago. If the ‘victim’ was a willing participant then as a child, as an adult now she has the authority to drop the charge. But a predator [alleged] might have got away with a matter that should have been heard within three years before this child turned 16 with the right not to offer evidence. Only in Bim.

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  12. Corey Bristol
    Corey Bristol June 15, 2017 at 5:46 am

    15 years to hear a rape case, what were they really expecting, man everyday this country sickens me

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  13. Kenrick Wiltshire
    Kenrick Wiltshire June 15, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Must agree with you Wade. Shameful.

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  14. Hamza Azul
    Hamza Azul June 15, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Madness pedophiles in all ministries no wonder the minister don’t want thebsex offender registry cause he name might go in it

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    • Sammy Wallerson
      Sammy Wallerson June 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

      How would having a registry for sex offenders helped in this case ?

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    • Hamza Azul
      Hamza Azul June 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

      In what way did I imply it would help in this case

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      • Alan June 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

        Or any case… since his name could not be on it as he has not been found guilty of anything

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  15. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 15, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Third world justice or legal system whatever ya want to call it,seriously hope he sues government but that would take another 15 years.This is almost laughable that a serious case of this nature takes a decade and a half to go before a court,wonder how many more cases waiting to be resolve have been around this long.

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  16. Meek Alleyne
    Meek Alleyne June 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

    All they do is take long to call cases then pay them out, yet everyday on the radio ur hearing speak out against child abuse, if it was weed this case would’ve been called every since

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    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte June 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

      who takes the money if there is a pay out?

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    • Meek Alleyne
      Meek Alleyne June 15, 2017 at 9:58 am

      The alleged victim

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    • Meek Alleyne
      Meek Alleyne June 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

      That’s if she even gets it some r just prolonged further trust me I’m speaking from experience if the guy gets too old by the time the case is called they actually advise u to get paid out cuz he’s too old to go to jail now

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  17. harry turnover June 15, 2017 at 6:19 am

    15 years to hear a case ..A RAPE CASE AT THAT? wunna in Authority en GOT NA SHAME ?…a statutory rape involving a TEACHER and a CHILD MUST take preference over an ordinary rape case.

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  18. Joel Howard
    Joel Howard June 15, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Sad, shame on a sysrem whereby no persons are held responsible for this miscarriage of justice. While the case is dismissed, an explanation should be compulsory for this delay.

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  19. Kerrie Turney
    Kerrie Turney June 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Smh obviously after 15 damn years she would want to forget the entire thing. #courtsystemisajoke

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  20. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis June 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

    There is another issue to be looked at. He would no doubt have been on suspension with half pay and will now have to be paid the other half, I believe. Correct me if I am wrong.

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  21. Jason Patel
    Jason Patel June 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Yup

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  22. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith June 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    A rape case from 2002,this justice system is pathetic,now who is doing the raping here,the same system that is put in place to protect the victim.
    If it was me I would be fed up with they ass as well,bet you if it was a case where a man stole food because he was hungry the case would have been tried the same day,15 years to try a rape case,I am left to wonder what else that teacher did in that 15 years,hmmmmm.

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  23. Deenee Thomas
    Deenee Thomas June 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Absolutely ridiculous. 2002 and it is now 2017. Really!!!####. A real sorry system

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  24. Toosweets Unforgetable
    Toosweets Unforgetable June 15, 2017 at 6:56 am

    SO THIS MALE SCHOOL TEACHER HAS NO NAME …..THIS IS NEW …..MAYBE IT A SECRET. … SMFH…….

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I was looking for this comment! Cause that is also my question…. Guess he will be back teaching!

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  25. Jonah Banks June 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I’m sorry but does anyone gets convicted of rape in Barbados? How the hell does a man have sex with a THIRTEEN year old girl and not be convicted? An absolute DISGRACE!

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  26. David Cumo
    David Cumo June 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    some men so stupid …13??? She is still a baby

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  27. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don June 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Obviously he wasn’t guilty because even if she refused to give evidence such evidence would have been collected. Plus if the prosecutor had enough evidence to present the judge would of force the victim as a material witness to testify . But they had nothing besides she said, he said.
    Poor police work and poor judicial advocation.
    He should now sue the court for failure to provide a speedy trail to clear his name. But this BIM. Your always guilty before proven innocent.

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  28. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade June 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Iza Bajan are you for real do you think it nice for a girl to get rape and she must go and face the man that rape her hell no that why i am glad my daughter and neices dont live in the west indies trust me them so call man will walk free because the case take too long and some mother take money and that it but as god above that could never be me he would never rape my child and can walk free how can a case take 15long years how can that be crap that poor child as a mother i would be the mother that go to prison SHAME SHAME SHAME SHE WAS 13 HE WAS A TEACHER
    NOW YOU ALL SEE WHY SOME CHILDREN WILL NOT GO TO THE POLICE WHAT A JOKE

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  29. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

    We Barbadians are the national disgrace,we will talk all over our face and do nothing,A teacher in in trusted position rape a child and the law courts denied this child Justice,she had to go to the school by law and school was the place she was destroyed for life.

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 15, 2017 at 10:33 am

      It was statutory rape…. Which means pedophile…. She probably liked the teacher anyway…. The mother probably was the one that moved forward with the case because she saw it as him breaking the trust placed in him…..

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  30. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    And DALE is saying we don’t need a “sex offender registry” list in BIM. No wonder the Police boss said “the people ain’t talking”.

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  31. kathy-Ann Clarke June 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    This is bare madness.
    After so long, the victim get fed up with the court system, and just decide, what the heck,
    Our systems are too slow in moving forward, there are so many people out there that have cases pending for years, sometimes they die, and the case ain’t call yet.

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  32. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Where is the child advocate,how is it that someone who in de field and position she hold not do something about the Justice denied to our children ,who are rape by big hard back men who get on top our children and Devore them in the most heinous crime to a child that will left them scared for life .people My heart bleed this morning for the children of our country Barbados.can someone who know this case put his name up we need to add him to the sex predators list.

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  33. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily June 15, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Poor girl probably has a family now and don’t want to go down that emotional road. Fifteen years for such a case???

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  34. Debra browne June 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

    And everyone would be wondering barbarian men(some of them)so sick in their head because thing like this they getaway with,young lady keep your chin up,get some councilloring,go with a LOVE one,(Sick Menis of men).

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  35. amia June 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This happens all the time. I know a young lady who was raped by her father as a teen and the case called when she was an adult, married and had children. The system need to be more efficient with such cases. The duration is just too long and lots of women would have moved on with their lives and do not want to revisit the past and resurrect the embarrassing moments hence why many of these men walk free. The system would have failed them!

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  36. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington June 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    What a shame!!

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  37. Tony Waterman June 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    @Justin N C Pablo!!!You Said “This is fast becoming a shameful Caribbean phenomenon.”” NOT TRUE at all, is it Bad??? YES of Course it is, But Just 2 Days ago, a man here in Canada who was Charged with MURDER was set free for the same EXACT Reason, so why not an ACCUSED Rapist???

    @Jason Patel!!!Don,t be Silly, how about locking up the People who wasted 15s of Her Life, she is now 28 years old and is looking to living what’s left of her Life, and you want to take that remainder of her Life from her, some Justice system you would have.

    Vadis T. Agard!!!

    @Wade Gibbons!!!Cant/Won’t disagree with a word you have written, but like what i have said to Justin, this is NOT only in Barbados, the “DEVELOPED” world has the same Problem.

    @E Jerome Davis!!!!! Not his Fault, and he did NOT Formulate the Rules.

    @ Toosweets Unforgetable!!!! He has NOT been found Guilty in a Court of Law of anything, so why would you want his name to be Published across the Land, does that seem Fair to you.
    How do we even know if She Cried Rape, because he Failed her in a Subject, do we??? THANK YOU @Wrigley Don.

    Montreal, Quebec.Canada.Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam has been detained since his arrest in 2012. His murder trial was set to start next week, but on Thursday his case was stayed for unreasonable delays. (La Presse)

    An appeal has been launched by the Crown after an Ottawa man accused of first-degree murder walked free because his case took too long to get trial.

    Winnipeg, Canada.
    Winnipeg man convicted of sexual assault set free after case took too long, appeal says
    It took 37 months from the time charges were laid until case concluded in court, ruling states
    The appeal ruling said that delay breached the accused’s charter right to have the trial held “within a reasonable time.”
    “This far exceeds the reasonable delay of 14 to 18 months,” the ruling states in part.
    “It is well accepted that the minimum remedy for such an infringement is a stay of proceedings.”

    As anyone can see, what is Happening in Barbados, is Happening elsewhere also, NOT that i am Condoning any of it, it still Stinks, that with all this Education we Can’t see The Forest for the Trees.

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  38. smiley June 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    If he did it he will get what he deserves, a few years ago a homosexual teacher who use to live in st.James was found dead in Hangman gully he was transferred from school to school instead of prosecution all those little boys in his car pretending to be a nice teacher.I was not sorrowful when I heard he died..Paedophiles love to work with children it’s easy access to the innocent.The government don’t take this crime seriously and our country is behind time in exposing them.The political powerful have to take some blame also.PROTECTING THE CHILDREN SHOULD BE A PRIORITY FOR TOMORROW WE REAP WHAT WE SOW

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  39. DMP June 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I think Barbados judicial system need over hauling, they need to appoint more judges and all the petty crimes that they waste time prolonging should be heard in a night court and concentrate on the more serious crimes. If it took 15 years to bring me before a court for a rape that happen to me when I was 13 I would not had turn up either. The least they could of done with the teacher is follow up on his past and behavior, if it warrant any discrepancies get him out of the school system. Smiley I agree with you he would get what he deserves if he is guilty.

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  40. Aneta June 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

    As usual bajans always jump to conclusions. Judge and jury. Never takes time to learn the facts. When one start the other have to jump on the band wagon. Stupse. The people in this country truly sick and down right malicious. Stupse and stupse

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  41. greengiant June 16, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Too many lawyers in parliament. The C J also a lawyer, AG also a lawyer, PM’s usually lawyers, and about 90% of all parliamentarians are lawyers. They can’t fix the judicial system, so how on earth can they be expected to run the country? Am I wrong? If a man could not run a shop, would you give him your supermarket to manage? The legal system is a critical part of the country, not the reverse. Just yesterday we learnt that the legislation intended to speed up trials has a flaw in relation to taking of statements. Worded ” statements taken by Sergeants instead of officers “. Now several previously taken statements are inadmissible.

    I make this point probably once every month.

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  42. MVEdwards June 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I am familiar with this case the truth is the man never molested or raped the girl. The mother put her up to it to get back at the step father. The girl has long time claimed in I confessed that her mother told her to say he raped her. The girl said she was sorry for what she did to the good school teacher but her mother told her to do. she has since regretted what she did since 2002. The mother has since remarried and also the step father. The girl also has a child. The mother also wanted her brother to say he saw the step father raping the girl repeatedly but he said he never saw it. The girl knows what she did was wrong and therefore would not continue. she knows that she had destroyed a good man because of her mother. People I know this case well and was once associated with the family. The man is a good decent human being. Never be fast to rush to judgement.

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  43. Buun June 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    In the next 35 years, this case would be 50 years old. Let us look back then and see if the justice system really changed after 50 years. I BET NOT!

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  44. Wayne Webster June 16, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    15 years having a charge of rape on your head. A murderer gets the death penalty dropped after 5 years on death row. Talk about cruel and inhumane confusion.

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