Tough talk

PM sends stern message to criminals

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has vowed that his administration would not sit idly by while there are “two justice systems running parallel to each other”.

In a strong condemnation of Monday’s shootings at Spring Garden Highway, which marred the climax of Grand Kadooment, Stuart said the “underworld justice system must be eliminated.

“One thing is very clear to me – if those who say gun violence is an incident of the drug trade and the existence of gangs in Barbados, it is clear that we now have two justice systems running parallel with each other,” the Prime Minister said in a statement issued through the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), 48 hours after the incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Avenue, Chapman Lane, St Michael, and left at least 18 other people nursing gunshot injuries.

The scene at Spring Garden Highway on Kadooment Day following the shooting incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock, and left at least 18 other people nursing gunshot injuries.

“I do not think that the bulk of the Barbadian population has any interest in having parallel systems of justice. I think most Barbadians still believe that our mainstream justice system is to be preferred even though they think that it needs to be markedly improved and needs to be more responsive to their needs.”

Stuart highlighted some of the challenges facing the “mainstream” justice system, making particular reference to lengthy delays and the amount of time that people must wait for decisions.

However, he suggested, nothing could justify the “underworld” system that has emerged here.

“There is the mainstream justice system, beset with complaints about delays, adjournments, the amount of time it takes to get decisions and that kind of thing; and there is the underworld justice system in which there is no scope for delay or adjournment of any kind. Once guilt is established justice is swiftly and ruthlessly dispensed and the question that we will ultimately have to ask ourselves is whether we can continue to have two justice systems running in our society,” he said.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

The Prime Minister said there was a battle on for the country’s survival, and implored Barbadians to join the fight to stamp out the gun scourge.

“The battle is on for the very survival of Barbados as we have known it . . . .We can’t fight this battle if we are paralyzed by fear and we cannot win this battle if we believe that indifference is the best response to it.

“We don’t want a society in which our young people are more familiar with the sound of gunfire than they are with the sound of an orchestra. We have to strengthen our policing and our courts have to send very strong signals that as the guardians of the values of our society they are not going to tolerate this kind of behaviour,” he stressed, while expressing deep regret and profound sadness over the “senseless” loss of life and injuries.

20 Responses to Tough talk

  1. Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Tough talk!!!! – I still waiting. There appears to be a bottle neck between commonsense and the power to do things in this place. One thing for sure is that they have become very good at highlighting challenges and that is where the wheel stops spinning. The head appears to be separated from the body.

  2. Lennox hewitt August 10, 2017 at 5:57 am

    In my apinion we got the worce A G of all time and thats my apinion everyone got there own apinion.

  3. Roger Headley August 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

    So what are your plans to speed up the legitimate legal system so that ordinary citizens who are not members of gangs do not feel compelled to also get their own justice? We are a crisis people – I am shocked to hear the Ag and police say we have gangs because there has always been denials of this. We wait until it real bad before we act. Do something about the justice system – the PM. Marstons, the AG and the whole lot of you politicians need to reduce the amount of feting that you are engaging in and start to READ something and DO something. You all bout the place drinking and dancing while the damn country sinking. The boat aint rocking, it sinking – no longer a slow leak. When you duncy, you should understand that you have to study a little longer and harder than the man who has a little more intellect – wunna duncy, read more and party less.

  4. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 8:32 am


    Whatever happen to this case:On Thursday October 14, 2010 Suleman Esuf was granted bail of 1 million dollars with two sureties of $500,000.00 in the Bridgetown Traffic Court. We recall Esuf was charged with having a traffickable quantity of cannabis stated as 2778.38 pounds with a street value of 11 million dollars. It should come as no surprise that Esuf was granted bail. In our system of jurisprudence a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. In a case which does not involve rape or murder and if you have the money for the best lawyers little time is spent on remand. In this case Esuf had a cooling-off at Dodds prison for one month. He returns to court March 8, 2011.


    Is it because he is not BLACK Mr. Attorney General?

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine August 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      I got the feeling you smoking something. Either you do not like Adriel Brathwaithe or wake up on the wrong side of the DLP bed. Carson C Cadogan calling out the misfit Attorney General. Let me check and see if night turning to day.

  5. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Once you are white or Indian in Barbados you can get away with any thing. That is why these races can always boast in Barbados, that there is none of their races in Dodds.

  6. Ernesta Catlyn August 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Carson C Cadogan stop it! Once you have money or connections in Barbados you can get away with anything? White, Indian AND BLACK.

    • Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 9:40 am


  7. Francis August 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Money matters in this country!!!

  8. Carlise norville August 10, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Lennox Hewitt, I am in Total agreement with you( the a play boy, enjoying the benefits of his high office, & just riding the waves ,the thing about the this ,even though they are mostly a white people government, da does help de Blacks( i am proof of that) these dlp black boys in give a damn ,bout NOBODY but them selves, & you can be shure all like now, them storing up nuff money, so them could live the SWEET life.( what people of colour here in Barbados have to realize, is that there is an agender that stipulates that blacks in barbados can go does far & NO Further,the education system is designed to keep black children, subjected to white Athority, we sleeping we in a trance, who will deliver us from the pediccament we as black people in barbados are in.

  9. Carlise norville August 10, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I have realized that the prime minister is is a lawyer, a Q.C. he is NOT a political leader, he is a strategist & as a trained lawyer, he has a modus operandi, so de only thing to do NOW is removed him, & put a leader to lead the people of Barbados.

  10. Helicopter(8P) August 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

    “Now lets call a spade a spade”! Black Barbadians have now led the country for over fifty years with full national powers. No man should have been left out as the white Barbadians told themselves we need to let the black majority run this here country. One area the white Barbadians held on to was commerce and every day business in the merchant and hardware activity ; this kept blacks employed in the city and highly populated areas. Sugar estates were going out of production and most sugar workers were absorbed into the construction and hotel industries. We as a black people whom do not get largely involved in employing our own are chasing away our employers at an alarming rate they do not want to be among you who careless about life and limb!

  11. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 11:47 am

    They are destabilising the Black race in Barbados in order to keep them at the bottom of the heap. And no one in the political arena is doing anything to change that. Even though they are from the Black race as well. The White people with the money which they inherited from Slavery always play one Black political Party against the other so that the 3% of them will always be at the top of the heap. This has to change. And soon. We can not go into another 50 years of Independence with Blacks, 97% of the population feeding off the crumbs of other races in Barbados.

    • Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      ccc – spot on.

      Helicopter – correction. The whites held onto commerce and kept blacks is SERVITUDE AND EATING CRUMBS with back pocket unions agreeing to hand mouth wages. This here plantation now global.

    • Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      CCC – but we will go into another SO CALLED INDEPENDANCE in the same boat. With the likes of them bbbbbb and ddddd. Them is who got things so. Them cut their brain and spoiled their intelligence. Then we got some do Littles talking about prosperity, but for whom???????¿¿¿ The dog has out grown the kenal.

  12. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    See what we are up against.

    Major drug haul at the port on Tuesday.

    I would really like to know who the goods was assigned to and if this is another case which will be swept under the carpet.

  13. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    All of these drugs end up in Black areas of Barbados. Destroying the psyche of the Black race. Especially the young and vulnerable. Both male and female. The future of our race.

  14. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    All of a sudden Customs officers can find a half million dollars in illegal drugs at the Bridgetown port. Maybe that is to take the heat off them.

    Wonders never cease.

  15. Milli Watt August 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I hope this ain’t TRUMP talk

  16. samantha walker August 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    With all the fiction in Bim, who knows what is truth and lies, cant even trust those at the top….. Words are just words without solid evidence……


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