Skewed justice

Local attorneys are viewing with suspicion the speed at which a senior police officer facing ammunition charges was able to secure bail.

Mere hours after a magistrate remanded Acting Senior Superintendent of Police John Mark Annel to HMP Dodds until October 23, his lawyers Sir Richard Cheltenham and Shelly-Ann Seecharan were able to secure a bail hearing and convince Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson to release their client on $150,000 bail.

Today, President of the Barbados Bar Association Liesel Weekes said it was not the norm for someone facing charges to receive a bail hearing this quickly.

Weekes told Barbados TODAY the normal waiting time in recent years has been two to three weeks, insisting that the court must be seen as impartial in the manner in which it grants access to the judicial system.

“I am not certain what all of the facts are. I know that it is a high profile case because of the position that the accused holds. I do know that he was granted an urgent bail application yesterday but I do not know the circumstances under which his bail application was heard. I can say that from my understanding . . . usually bail applications tend to take some time before they come on for hearing. I cannot speculate as to why Mr Annel’s case came on as early as it did,” she said.

Liesel Weekes, John Mark Annel and Andrew Pilgrim

The 56-year-old Annel of Kenrick Hutson Drive, Lucas Street, St Philip is accused of committing six indictable offences under the Firearms Act.

He was charged with having 100 rounds of ammunition in his possession on September 20 without a valid licence.

It is also alleged that on August 31, September 3, September 9 and September 20, being a member of the RBPF, Annel engaged in willful misconduct which amounted to a breach of public trust by joining the Barbados Rifle and Pistol Federation Inc under the status of a police officer, purchased 100 rounds of ammunition to be expended on that day at the federation’s range at Waterford, and removed the ammunition from the range without expending it.

He is also accused of committing a similar offence on August 3, this time with 150 rounds of ammunition.

Weekes made a point of stressing that she did not want to attribute improper motives to the court system, while she acknowledged that bail amounts were purely at the discretion of the presiding judge.

However, the Bar Association head suggested that $150,000 was low for the charges which the senior police officer is facing.

“I do not practise in the criminal court and I do not know what informed the judge’s decision for the bail he set yesterday. I don’t know if the reports are accurate but it looks to me that the allegation involves a substantial amount of bullets. However, $150,000 seems to differ from what the bail usually is for that type of offence,” she said.

The attorney-at-law also called for all bail applications to be treated with urgency, adding that the haste with which Annel got a hearing must now become standard.

It is the same position held by prominent criminal attorney Andrew Pilgrim, QC, who told Barbados TODAY that while he did not have a problem with the expediency afforded Annel, the court must be consistent in dispensing justice.

“Justice must be the same for everybody and everyone must have equal access to the court. I don’t view the charges against Annel as that serious and I view Mr Annel on a personal level as a person that I respect. The only point I want to make is that if anyone could get access on the same day it must apply for everybody. We have to try to have that same level of consistency regardless if you black, white, police or otherwise. If people could get bail in a matter of hours then it must be so for everybody. I just want that when my clients get charged they could go before the court the same afternoon,” Pilgrim said.

Another prominent attorney, who did not want to be identified by name, was very adamant that “you cannot have one law for the Jews and one for the Gentiles”, while questioning whether Annel, the ballistics expert at the Royal Barbados Police Force, was singled out for preferential treatment.

“It can’t appear to be that one person has unusual access to the justice system above other persons in Barbados,” he said, while complaining that some of his clients with less serious allegations than Annel were subjected to bail conditions that were much more onerous.

“It shows clearly that access to the court system is not even at all and suggests that because of his position as a police officer he has gotten preferential treatment. But by doing so, the whole system is tainted,” he argued, while warning that “what is good for the goose has to be good for the gander” and that “justice must not only be done but must be manifestly seen to be done”.

The very passionate attorney was equally insistent that “a new precedent has been set for the future conduct of these matters which must be dealt with the same degree of dispatch”.

However, not all lawyers saw the Annel case through the same lens, with Arthur Holder describing the reactions of Pilgrim and Weekes as much ado about nothing.

Arthur argued that the senior police officer was not the first to have a matter heard on the same day.

“There is no precedent here. This has been done before. People like to be controversial even when there is no need to do so. These matters are all at the discretion of the judge and it has been done before,” Arthur stressed.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

98 Responses to Skewed justice

  1. John Boost
    John Boost September 26, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    He and the judge probably is buddies

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  2. And they will fall September 27, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Dem did trying to blame customs now de whole o Barbados n d world gine c who d real importers is. Wanna did expect anything different dat he get sentence n den d big brass step in and release he pun ONLY $150k. Tek sense from dat, he ent gine spend a day fa it cause if he ga down more den he one gotta feel d pinch o d shoe. Wa lossss, d mo d monkey climb d mo he does show he ass.

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    • Cabral September 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Wow. Took some time to cook up that colloquial grammar didn’t you? More like overcooked it. I agree with the point you made but I am offended that you think that language is more palatable to Barbadians than regular English. Just write how you normally speak, unless of course you are rehearsing for laugh it off.

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  3. Max Carter
    Max Carter September 27, 2017 at 12:09 am

    they all in the same lodge

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    • Ras Small
      Ras Small September 27, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Scapegoat! Elections due.

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  4. Alex Cross
    Alex Cross September 27, 2017 at 12:15 am

    All these lawyers and magistrates judges and high court prosecutors are hypocrites and criminal in robes ties and jackets got accused persons can’t even get bail for similar offenses or even not serious offenses and can’t get bail in a timely manner ,a lot of partiality in the Barbados justice system

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  5. Charlie Terrico Black
    Charlie Terrico Black September 27, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I understand the file will go missing!!!! He will receive time off with pay…This be a good time to make a precedent All People of Barbados!

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  6. Sue Donym September 27, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Some law firms have enough resources to be prepared for any eventuality. If a remand order is the norm, a junior could be ready to enter the request for bail hearing. Other attorneys might have to be their own receptionist, file clerk, messenger and researcher.

    Also, there are such things as professional courtesies, customs and accommodations which don’t always seem ‘fair’. Just as the accused might walk in escorted but not restrained, a well prepared attorney, highly regarded, might find fewer obstacles to the next step.

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  7. Hightower Bajedude
    Hightower Bajedude September 27, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Stinks to high heaven, this confirms what Errol Barrow said, poor black bajans should avoid the law courts at all cost because they will not get no justice there. Clearly the laws of Barbados are dispensed differently based on your social standing in this country.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 27, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Agree it’s a joke.

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow September 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Money and influence has been the paradox of the justice system based on economics and social standing

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    • Trina Hinds
      Trina Hinds September 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

      And it will always be like this. People steal corn beef and gone up and he get bail . Totally ridiculous

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow September 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

      RawleSpooner.. lawyers are great historians and can expliot the court by using cases prior judgement rendered…love it or not .

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow September 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

      The history of police and Courts…how many are discharged ftom duty for inappropriate behaviour? Not only in Bim my people ! That Fraternity is very impenetrable..history says so

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    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray September 27, 2017 at 7:23 am

      That when you have a Godfather.

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    • Cheryl Onita
      Cheryl Onita September 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

      U r so right

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  8. John Everatt September 27, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Well I certainly wondered about this when I read about it in the media. I do not think this is much a do about nothing as Mr Holder seems to think. Justice must bet justice for all and it must be perceived as justice for all. So hopefully the wheels of justice will turn a lot faster from this point forward. As we can see, this is possible if the justice system tries.

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  9. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 27, 2017 at 1:48 am

    We live in a small CORRUPT NATION, too many Barbadosessssssss.

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  10. Tony Webster September 27, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Lot$ of “Indus$try”…no “Pride” at all. Hmm…we cud blame Trump and those wicked Americans who mek guns and bullets.

    Thank God ….at least the truth will come out in the end, and will set us free…and also ashamed that this country is so rotten..from de head right down to de tail.

    Kudos to those honest cops who made the move.

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  11. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards September 27, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Ms Weekes
    ..just blowing hot air…i wonder if he was her client what would she have …..then again she say she dont practice in the Criminal courts…so why even comment…..smfh

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    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham September 27, 2017 at 3:35 am

      So many other things she can comment on like these illegal taxes that bothering me more than the policeman .!

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    • Juvi September 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      You sound like a friend of the accused

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  12. Andy Lashley
    Andy Lashley September 27, 2017 at 3:38 am

    They do these things because they know they can get away with it.
    Barbadians will talk and say how it’s not fair no one will get up and leave their homes and protest against things like this so there will always be corruption.
    Corruption happens in other places but not this blatant,
    If you want things to change sometimes he just have to get up and fight for it.
    By the end of the day it is your kids that’s been shot by the bullets this man is providing.
    Picket the courthouses and government house let the judges know they can’t get away with doing things like this.

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  13. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds September 27, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Scandalous….

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  14. Shola Vernon
    Shola Vernon September 27, 2017 at 4:10 am

    It’s a simple case of its who you know not what you know or what is right in Bim. Why are we all pretending to be shocked.

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  15. Keisha King
    Keisha King September 27, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Money talks

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  16. Greengiant September 27, 2017 at 4:47 am

    This has happened before, yes. Arthur Holder is perfectly correct.

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    • BOB September 27, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Having happened before doesn’t mean they don’t have a point… the justice system should be the one unbias avenue for everyone… they have tainted the system and gave preferential treatment to one individual and should now be made to do the same for all… make it standard or don’t do it at all.

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    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      @reenpoint; Holder said it happened before and it will happen again depending on the status of the individual.

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  17. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett September 27, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I kept wondering where the criminals get their bullets supply from……smh

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  18. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder September 27, 2017 at 5:33 am

    This is nothing new.

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    • Justice September 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

      What does that even mean? That it’s right? If you weaklings will excuse or turn a dumb eye to everything as long as it has happened before then it’s definitely time to start packing.

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  19. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 27, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Simple the justice is scum in Barbados and he got bail because of being a high ranking police officer but yet regular bottom of the economic rug folks go years on remand.So stop acting like he got treated like normal Bajans S—w sandy beaches the island is frigging third world period.

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  20. MARIA Holder September 27, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Come on Mr Reporter. Do not let Arthur get away with saying it was done before. Get the specifics.

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  21. Spooks September 27, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Arthur Holder is right. Do the research before commenting. Every year you go to the shows at least twice.

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  22. LynRose September 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Yes it may have been done before….but for who is the question….that is why poor people, have no right in the law courts….

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  23. Alex Alleyne September 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

    “POSITION, POWER and MONEY”.
    Everything and everybody do have a PRICE.

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    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      By giving him bail, he and his cohorts can manipulate the evidence and everything, he would not have to call any names.

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  24. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte September 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    There are many issues withing the judicial system that plagued the entire system daily. You only hear lawyers speak out on situations like the one in the story. Little will change as unless there is general discussion and debate on all the issues.

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  25. Hightower Bajedude
    Hightower Bajedude September 27, 2017 at 6:50 am

    The last attorney at law made the point that it has been done before and I agree but he left out who it was done for which is very important here, and I have to ask this question would a junior lawyer be given that same expedited access to the high court for a bail application????

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  26. Alex Alleyne September 27, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Stay tuned for the best is yet to come. This will just fade out and he not spending a day in DODDS.
    On how sweet it is in Beautiful Barbados for the “Rich and famous”.

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    • J-mott September 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Since when Police Officers are “rich and famous”

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      • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        @J-mott; Some may not be rich and famous but the rich and famous maybe involved.

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  27. Johnathan September 27, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Leisel Weekes and those type of crappy lawyers expect the same level of treatment as Sir Richard. There are certain ecpectatations from the Fraternal order and no one but Jesus can change that.. Surprise Pilgrim would take that stance..

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  28. Bajan September 27, 2017 at 6:56 am

    The Barbados Bar Association NEVER commented on the Police Investigations and Court procedures concerning Johan Bjerkhanm for the unnatural death of his innocent 11-year-old son, Luke, in April 2010. But now it is quick to comment on John Annel, a day after he appeared before the Courts, but for 7 years they CAN’T open their mouth and say a word about the Bjerkhamn case.

    Bar Association your true colours showing.

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  29. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott September 27, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This to will pass all documents will disappear and he will continue to live his life as if nothing never happens.

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  30. Bajangal September 27, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Ordinary persons who have cases in court are delayed for years but some could get theirs heard and reversed real quick. Gun violence rampant in this country but bail for ammo and remand for a spliff or using abusive language to a policeman. Lawyers stealing people money and nothing happens to them.

    Exit the matrix and welcome to Bim.

    .

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  31. Hightower Bajedude
    Hightower Bajedude September 27, 2017 at 7:09 am

    So clearly the reality is folks if you cannot pay for the services of a Queen’s Counsel in this country you can forget about getting bail, and that is only one factor in this situation.

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  32. DE September 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

    You all people waiting to hear who else is involve in this mess.
    Well you have to wake up and smell the coffee. The man now create history. Historic activities like this one only occur in Barbados. In a couple days from now, you are not going to hear a word about this case, and the criminal (That is what he is right now) is going to be out there enjoying life as usual.
    They give him the opportunity to go and get rid of all the evidence. For those who listen to the government radio and TV station don’t realize that they are very reluctant in exposing these big criminal especially when they have affiliation with the government. You have to relied on Barbados Today, VOB and The Nation.

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    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      De; don`t forget “Naked Departure” because the others have to walk a thin line for the fear of being sued. Freedom of the media and speech are not so free in Barbados.

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  33. Donild Trimp September 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

    This Ms Weeks is a real jack-ass.

    Just recently, certain members of the Bar Association were criticizing the slow wheels of justice because it took too long to grant bail to accused persons.

    Now the justice system moved quickly and granted bail to Mr.Annul and you all are criticizing the system for being too swift in granting bail.

    You all are just a bunch of educated fools.

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    • Bajan September 27, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Wu loss..tek it easy Trimp…dont do she so. She too cute.

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    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      @Donild Trimp; hold it! don`t be so fast, just wait and see how many more quick draws they will be.

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  34. Abosed Abby Williams
    Abosed Abby Williams September 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Sad

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  35. Charmaine Gulstone
    Charmaine Gulstone September 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    What the lady is saying is a.bunch of nonsense. The million dollar question is how come he get bail so fast. I home the that prison officer get bail too and not get remanded. What good for the goose better for the gander. I hope the ppl of this country wake up and realise the injustices that is going on in this country

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  36. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 27, 2017 at 7:28 am

    ITS SO BAD, AH MAGISTRATE REMAND HIM, AND AH CHIEF JUSTICE GRANT HIM BAIL, THAT BAIL SET IS NOT RIGHT OF 150 GRAND, THAT MONEY IS FOR OFFENCES WITH FIRE ARMS OR AMMUNITION (FIREARMS ACT 179) IF FOUND GUILTY…OR 25 YEARS IN JAIL OR BOTH..SO UR BAIL SHOULD HAVE BEEN AROUND 250,000.00….BUT GIVEN THE CLIQUES BOUT HERE……..

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  37. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 27, 2017 at 7:28 am

    You could only be a kubba. Does the wheels of justice move this swiftly for other cases in the system. This just goes to show that when the wheels want to move, they get all the grease their need to lubricate them. And, when they want to delay, they refuse to lubricate them. It is wicked injustice system and it only works to protect the big names.

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  38. Freeagent September 27, 2017 at 7:32 am

    We must pray for our hard working policemen (hic) who put their lives at risk to protect us from the scourges of drugs and gun related crimes then for this to happen.
    Scandalous!

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  39. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

    IT ALSO HE COULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A PRE-CHARGE BAIL IN OTHER WORDS INSTEAD OF BEING REMANDED FOR 28 DAYS (1 MONTH) HES FREE, ITS AH TYPE OF DESIGN WITH HOPE THAT THE OFFENCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE INVESTIGATED,,,,,,,HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM………AND IT SEEMS ONLY! ONLY!! THAT THE HIGH COURT CAN GIVE THAT KIND OF BAIL FOR THE OFFENCE……SO DEAR JOHN U’LL BE OFF SHORE FORM THE 6TH TO 8TH OR FROM THE 6TH UNTIL?

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    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      @Ali Baba; if they wanted the case to be investigated, they would make sure that the accused would not be able to be in contact with whoever else is involved.

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  40. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock September 27, 2017 at 7:50 am

    He who pays the piper calls the tune

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  41. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Hightower Bajedude different strokes for different folks. A manager can’t get the same pay as a CEO

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  42. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison September 27, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I have no problem with the officer getting bail because it’s his right if there aren’t other issues that would prevent him from access but one must question how this chain of events and the speed, the person that preside, the shielding from the press and the other privileges that are not accorded to the average accused.
    All this shows some form of collusion or at the very least indifference to equity on the part of the court which brings it’s impartiality into question.

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  43. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond September 27, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Well, what is new here. The socialites and those with status and power in this country are not subject to the same rules and norms as the rest of us. I see accused persons being handled by the accompanying Police officer to court; this one was allowed to walk freely. Now he gets bail in quick order. The discrimination is so blatant that they don’t even bother to mask it anymore.

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  44. Randolph September 27, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I agree with Arthur Holder,this has been going on for many years.There have been several cases of white accused remanded only to have the judge grant them bail.

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  45. Syruppy Kennedy
    Syruppy Kennedy September 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I think she as president of the bar really needs to tell the truth he wasnt the only person that get hearing so quick within a day or let me say next day dont come want to fool the public by saying your surprise so it would let them not question it when it already happen tell them about when a minister bro was remanded n was given bail the night on gun charges so hush till hell up telling lies

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  46. Sly griffith September 27, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This is totally unfair. The systems works only for people who has money or who is in high ranking etc police and the politicians. Look God is not sleeping and what goes up must come down. By the way is there any truth that Mr Annel is in Trinidad ? Was his travel documents not confiscated. Just asking?

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  47. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Once again looks this this low rate garbage Barbados Today took down my comments but it’s not going to change my opinion about the third world garbage justice system in Barbados.It has always been a two tier system nothing new but guess now it’s more obvious this dirty cop get bail but heck he can travel to Trinidad for his daughters graduation would a poor bottom of the economic ladder person get that privilege under same circumstances.Seriously clowns running Bim in all areas corrupted as hell hope Scotland Yard/FBI or Interpol come and exposed all the slime and filth running de lil rock into sewer because as public can see RBPF just a amateur organization who will never shake up corruption in Barbados.Forget about sandy beaches and all the b/s the island is full of shady slimy characters.

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  48. Johnathan September 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Too many poor RAKEY lawyers. Them theifing nuff and we need to see them in court. Did she say anything when the speaker of the house spend the old man money. They do it everyday and then even collude with banks to sell people houses so they get their first big pay checks sometimes for a year. Lawyers in this country should be last to talk about laws being broken. Bunch of hungry ass hypocrites

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  49. Francia MATTHEWS September 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

    The truth is that only the high up in society does get bail on the same day for crime.

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  50. Cris Brisbabe
    Cris Brisbabe September 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Well,well,well….. A senior superintendent in charge of the criminal investigation department. Having been caught with so much bullets in an environment where shootings got de country upside down ……and he aint in prison ! Should any of those shells turn up at any of the recent murders .. Does complicity steps in ?

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  51. lester September 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

    The Illuminati/freemasonary at work, this is the reason men join the lodge, to be apart of the “brotherhood” Corruption at its highest level and the saga continues, i admire this lady she got balls, she should be the Attorney General fuh real

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  52. Donild Trimp September 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

    @ Sunshine Sunny Shine –
    You are also a jack-ass and you must learn to read and understand context.

    Just a few weeks ago members of the Bar Association were criticizing the justice system in Barbados for taking too long in granting bail to accused persons.

    Do you understand that part so far? Use your common sense to grasp the logic.

    Don’t you think that after the call for swift granting of bail by members of her association, to now publicly criticize the swift granting of bail to Mr.Annel seems a bit silly?

    Quote from Ms Weeks: “the normal waiting time in recent years has been two to three weeks” ——– and then this “I am not certain what all of the facts are”.

    If you are not certain what all of the facts are, why are you issuing silly public statements as President of the Bar Association?

    Attention grabber. Same for you SSS.

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  53. Sherlock Holmes. September 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    That joker who is the president of the bar association, it could be said that she garnered that position she has quite fast too, maybe it is because of paternal connections and for the other master of theatrics the only people in his books that should get bail fast are those who are considered as public enemies number one and real menaces to society.

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  54. Mary Agard September 27, 2017 at 10:35 am

    To really sit down and study this whole situation I would get a nought cause I don’t understand what happened this justice system stinks for poor people only the big ups ……..

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  55. Bajan September 27, 2017 at 11:08 am

    But I hope Bajans understand this is just a strategy to distract us from whatever sinister secret criminal power move is happening in this country. John Annel is no person of importance but to people that love him. He is nothing compared to what we do not know.

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  56. Alex Alleyne September 27, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    While you at it, seeing how things are, why not go check on the Million Dollar “Powder” haul and see if any got substitute with “sugar”.

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  57. Helicopter(8P) September 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    It’s now know in Bimshire how by demand ammo was supplied!

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  58. Ossie Moore September 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Drew I got to tell yuh according to Joe Tudor ” I like yuh talking ways “!

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  59. Mac September 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    And they will fail.

    Mr. Annel is accused of purchasing ammunition to be expended on the same day and removing the ammunition without expending it.
    Your çomment is prejudicial

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  60. Mac September 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t consider the offence to be a serious one but one that is blown out of proportion due to the current gun crime.

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  61. Carson C Cadogan September 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Whose friend is he? Is he a FREEMASON? Can his bail be revoked by the CCJ?

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  62. Sheron Inniss September 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I feel blessed to live in BIM but there are two of them or maybe more.

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  63. real vexx September 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Of course he’s a Freemason. You don’t just get up and become the head of the CID just so. So too are the judges, high profile lawyers and chief justice. BARBADOS WAKE UP. I ain’t selling out my black brothers and sisters for these . Sell wanna herb cause I ain’t see nuttin.

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  64. Patrick September 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Miss Weekes, I am sure you have other matters you need to comment on that you are avoiding.
    Mr Annel is not a flight risk and he did not murder anyone.

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    • LNiles October 7, 2017 at 2:01 am

      He did not murder anyone….DIRECTLY!
      Where are those bullets? How have they been used? Shortsightedness.
      This is a deep rooted case and event that is on the surface of corruption and murder in Barbados. To him who much is given, much is expected. As a senior member of the police force, he is to be held more accountable than those young, misguided young boys who are lured into crime and violence by a society that has let them down.

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  65. Alex Alleyne September 27, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    @JMOTT, too bad , you can’t see the “forest from the trees”.

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  66. Balfast September 27, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    In the military after every session on the ranges, each individual must attest to a senior officer that he/she has no live rounds, empty cases or pyrotechnics in his/her possession. It is a Court Martial offence to be found in possession of any such item afterwards. Looks like those among us playing soldiers and shooting off guns have a much easier time.
    I do not believe that this is an isolated case.
    Let’s not forget the visitor who walked off the street and into a gun club in St Philip, obtained a gun and ammunition and then proceeded to commit suicide. By all accounts that gun club should have been closed down.

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  67. clint September 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Does anyone know how long it takes a will to be probated in Barbados?

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  68. Helicopter(8P) September 28, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Mac let me tell you somthing my mother did not produce a Bajan idiot. If you would like to find one ask The MI-5 or C I A.

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  69. Native Bajan September 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Guest some locals do not think that those two organisations exists?

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  70. Native Bajan September 28, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Our present acting Comissioner of Police has put in place measures to follow the consumption of explosives and ammunition Island wide from our inportation system. The quantity of ammunition stored by our Royal Barbados Police is allowcated on a daily basis so any missing ammo is reported within a 24 hour period. Ammo would now have become a scearce commodity within the security system of the police department so… other identities would have got to be infiltrated if persons were to be involved in the business of ammunition sales or covert operations.

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  71. Native Bajan September 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    This guy’s smart phone and cell phones should be impounded! That shoud have been one of the first stipulations!

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  72. Tony Waterman September 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    It is important to note that a magistrate does not have the power to grant bail to a person accused of murder, treason, high treason or an indictable offence under the Firearms Act. A person accused of the above offences may only be granted bail by a High Court Judge.

    Where bail is denied, the defendant may reapply for bail at the Magistrate’s Court and may also apply for bail at the High Court. If the Court does not grant bail to a person who has been charged with an offence punishable by imprisonment, the accused person will be remanded until the determination of his case or until bail is subsequently applied for and granted.

    However, not all lawyers saw the Annel case through the same lens, with Arthur Holder describing the reactions of Pilgrim and Weekes as much ado about nothing.
    Arthur argued that the senior police officer was not the first to have a matter heard on the same day.

    To Mr.Arthur Holder, Please Sir!!! do tell us, when did this happen Before Year and Case Please!!!!

    Mr.Artgur Holder Said!!! These matters are all at the discretion of the judge and it has been done before,” Arthur stressed.

    That Sir!!! Is a BOLD face LIE, or you are Not aware of the Sequence of thing when Bail is Refused, in this Case you and I and The accused Defence, were already aware that by the Bail Laws of Barbados, The Presiding magistrate was NOT allowed to give Bail because of This Section of OUR Bail Laws.

    10(4) A person charged with (a) murder;(b) treason;)(c) high treason;
    or (d) an indictable offence under the Firearms Act, Cap. 179, shall not be granted bail except by order of a JUDGE of the High Court.[2002-12]

    and what is quite clear here, is that his defence being aware that he was NOT going to be Bailed at the magistrate Level because of the Law, JUMPED the QUEUE/GUN and petitioned the High Court Judge Before the case had even Cleared the Magistrate’s Court, that Sir, May NOT be Illegal but it sure is UNCONSCIONABLE, and a Smear on an already Dilapidated System.
    It also tells us all that there are Two Laws in Barbados, Rich and Powerful Law and POORE nad Down and out Law.

    I am going to Guarantee you one thing, that this section of our Bail Law has now been Changed Forever, as every Lawyer worth their Salt in Barbados. will use this PRECIDENT Set by Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, to get Bail for their Clients.

    prec·e·dent!!!an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances.

    @Donild Trimp!!!!! The problem with this case, is that it did not follow the course it was supposed to follow, The Officer’s Defence was aware that Bail could NOT be Granted in this Instance, because of the Bail Laws of Barbados (Caribbean) so they Jumped ahead to the next level, befire the first level (magistrate) was even begun, they petitioned the High Court BEFORE the Case was even heard in the Magistrate’s Court, that is like havibg the Cart before the Donkey. and it is WRONG

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  73. Octavia husbands September 29, 2017 at 4:10 am

    My son was murdered 5yrs ago and to this day the Barbados have not done anything to the two young men that do brutally take him from me and his daughter but because he is a so called superintendent he got deal with same day the Barbados laws are not for the poor no justice if that was a boy on the block he would be in jail for months before case was brought to court

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  74. Octavia husbands September 29, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Barbados laws is showing the young people that if you have money or a little power you can get away with anything

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  75. Coast Guard of Bimshire September 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    A full record of this criminal’s life history must be made public due to the fact that he held a senior office in the Royal Barbados Police Force a charter of Her Majesty’s Registry within the British Commonwealth. The withholding of wrong doing by public servants is suppression of true tranparency! The Barbados press need to do their required home work in the line of their profession!

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