Too many holes

Defence issues warning in million dollar theft case

Jury deliberations will begin Monday in the trial of Anderson Ryan Ince, the man accused of stealing and laundering $1.118 million belonging to the Psychiatric Hospital.

Today, lead prosecutor Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC, and Anderson Ryan Ince’s lead defence attorney Steve Gollop gave closing arguments in the trial, which spanned almost three weeks and heard evidence from 49 witnesses.

Anderson Ryan Ince

It is alleged that sometime between August 1, 2003 and August 1, 2005, Ince stole the money, belonging to the Black Rock, St Michael institution which was vested with the Central Bank. He is also accused of laundering the funds.

Babb-Agard argued that the accused man who denied the charges and is currently on $100 000 bail “is a bad apple in the Government Service”.

She submitted that Ince took advantage of his friendships with his work colleagues, the women in his life and friends outside his workplace.

“He did the Government Service of Barbados an injustice . . . . He used the Accounts Department at the Psychiatric Hospital as his personal piggy bank,” the country’s top prosecutor said.

She further argued that Ince looked for opportunities and loopholes in the system in which he worked and “used his computer savvy . . . and raped the Government system of Barbados”.

She reminded the nine-member jury that Ince was a clerk at the mental hospital, taking home a monthly net salary of $1, 018. 54.

However, she said he was able to purchase two cars – a Toyota Platz and a Corolla – within a short space of time when he “ain’t got a licence to drive it”, as well as jewellery from Colombian Emeralds International.

Babb-Agard said although there was talk that Ince had received an inheritance, the things he purchased had surpassed those means.

“There is over $1 million that has been stolen from the Government of Barbados. You know how much income tax that could pay?” she queried.

She pointed out that Anthony Nurse, who had 42 of 44 Government cheques made payable to him, was not called to the witness stand “for a reason”.

She urged the jury in her more than hour-long closing statements to find the accused man guilty of theft and money laundering.

Gollop, on the other hand, told them “we don’t convict people on gossip and hearsay and say so”.

“Ignore the distractions. Don’t think that a working-class man can’t afford those things by saving,” he submitted.

He charged that investigations into the case were flawed as officers were unable to get Nurse to whom most of cheques were written and cashed, back to Barbados.

“Nurse left the country and went to Guyana and can’t be found . . . . No record in the court that there was any attempt to get the police in Guyana . . . to extradite him,” Gollop said, adding that neither officers nor the Crown could prove a link between the “infamous and missing Anthony Nurse” apart from the fact that he and Ince worked at the hospital.

He also argued that his client did not have the level of security clearance to get the alleged stolen funds and neither was there any cheque written to or deposited into Ince’s account.

“Bring the evidence, bring the hard objective, empirical evidence. . . . Ignore the distractions . . . . There are too many gaps in this evidence [for] you [to] feel sure this man is guilty; that you can feel sure that he carry ‘way a million dollars,” he added.

Gollop also claimed that his client would have to either be Houdini or David Copperfield to commit the crime of which he is accused.

“If you cannot by the evidence [presented] in this court show that he had any connection with BDS$1.118 million, you have to acquit him,” he said, urging the jury to assess the evidence carefully.

Madam Justice Michelle Weekes will make her summation of the case on October 16 before the jury deliberates the verdict.

9 Responses to Too many holes

  1. Greengiant October 12, 2017 at 1:43 am

    This one is interesting. I’ve been in court following this one daily. The issue here is as Gollop said. To this point the crown has not produced no evidence that this man handled, took, was in possession of, spent, transferred, neither caused to be spent or transferred anything near 1,000,000.00. They have extradited and tried to extradite people for less than this. So why didn’t they get Interpol on the trail of this former employee Anthony Nurse who cashed 42 of the 44 cheques. Cover ups? This does not involve elected politicians now, just employees with whom we march, and shut down the country for. Oh I’m not referring to the accused man as he’s still innocent.

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  2. Tony Webster October 12, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I’ve “thrown the bones”…and they tell me that lawyers gine win dis one. No, it has nothing to do with the supposition that their fees…are as “secure” as all that stuff in Fort Knox.

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  3. harry turnover October 12, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Looks like the accused is banking on himself being found not guilty,when the evidence is showing that he had help.
    Wonder if he knows that he can still be found guilty as an associate to the crime.
    Talk what ya know big man and stop protecting others.Nurse is not on trial…IT IS YOU.
    Gollop is saying “Ignore the distractions. Don’t think that a working-class man can’t afford those things by saving,” he submitted.
    Gollop also claimed that his client would have to either be Houdini or David Copperfield to commit the crime of which he is accused.
    Ince would have to be a Houdini or David Copperfield to purchase and do those things from savings on a take home salary of $1, 018. 54.

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  4. roger headley October 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

    There is a special place somewhere – not here – for lawyers

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  5. roger headley October 12, 2017 at 8:46 am

    If per-chance you are a lawyer and a politician – that place is even more special

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  6. Alex Alleyne October 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

    He can say “he Mad” and get off by way of “TEMPORARY INSANITY”…….from working at the Mad-House.
    A Mil $ gone ,,,,dead.

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  7. Milli Watt October 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    the acting DPP right I got 4 years a refunds still outstanding from the state and 1 million walk out the system stupse but then again why Nurse run and why wasn’t he located. If the state can’t link this man to the offence by way of the law and there is doubt then he got to walk. This is Barbados.

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  8. hcalndre October 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Mr. Ince, working as a clerical officer only making $250 per week, that`s slave pay. If the prosecutor is going to asked how Mr ince could obtained 2 vehicles on his salary, that`s a question that could be asked of other individuals.

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  9. Belfast October 12, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    No jury in Barbados would ever find this man guilty if he had asked for a transfer from Jenkins to the Central Bank and cah way every cent of the $5 million deposited there by the man who our Prime Minister trusts more than the Leader of the Opposition.

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