Case adjourned

Senior police officer to return to court next year

The case against Acting Senior Superintendent of Police John Mark Annel, who is accused of committing six offences under the Firearms Act,  has been adjourned until March 1 next year.

The 56-year-old of Kenrick Hutson Drive, Lucas Street, St Philip made his second appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, after he was charged last month 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, Annel, being a high-ranking member of the Royal Barbados Police Force, 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, purchasing 100 rounds of ammunition to be expended on that day at the federation’s range at Waterford, and removing 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.

During his first court appearance on September 25, he was not required to plead to the indictable offences and was given an automatic 28 days on remand at HMP Dodds.

However, a quick move by his attorneys Sir Richard Cheltenham and Shelly-Ann Seecharan to the Supreme Court saved Annel from spending any of that time at the St Philip institution.

He remains on $150,000 bail.

12 Responses to Case adjourned

  1. John Everatt October 23, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I guess if you have the money or connections you can get out of jail free but maybe not collect a hundred dollars.

  2. Greengiant October 23, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    This is why the system is complicated. If he was bailed by the high court, he should have had to forgo his right to a summary hearing and go straight to a high court trial.

    If a summary ruling / decision is overturned by a Supreme court officer, the matter should never see summary adjudication again. To have the privilege of a supreme court bail hearing the accused should have to sign agreeing to bypass all summary hearings and go to the high court for trial. Now there will be summary adjournments, and adjournments again in the high court, with him getting the tax payers money without working for it.

    • John Everatt October 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Oh well I guess I was wrong there. Maybe you do get to collect $100.

  3. fedup October 24, 2017 at 6:39 am

    As expected.

  4. roger headley October 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    The Medes and the Persians

  5. kk October 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    because you have money (i believe) is not a valid enough reason to justify doing something that is considered to be illegal and then allowed to live among the free and innocent, especially considering that he WAS supposed to be one of the so-called people upholding the law. The people you usually see in court with a case like this don’t care about right or wrong, he was supposed to know better. I mean he guilty is sin, why should he be allowed to live a normal life in public? He should be in jail, doing the same things that the guilty men and women in jail doing.

  6. Milli Watt October 24, 2017 at 10:11 am

    the first of many expect this to die a long slow death in the system…..check the next date MARCH 2018

  7. Bobotheclown October 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I think we all know how this case will end.There is no resso to expect any thing other the maybe a slap on the wrist to appease the Peons.When there is Drama evryone awaits the fait of the culprit.This will produce a less than Dramatic conclusion with only mere fools expecting any form of punishment.

  8. Helicopter(8P) October 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    A member of the Royal Barbados Police Force with mid seniority is a chartered member of Her Majesty’s Police constablaries and is looked upon as a protector of the Commonwealth citizenry. The act of which acting police superentendant John Annel committed warrants repremand and higher punishment. In times such as these; political divide, town-hall meetings and heated opposition at state level persons harbouring explosives, ammunitions, and bomb making materials are priority one endangering the citizens of the state and should be deemed terrorists. I my training and service within the special operations forces each round spent was surposed to have been 100 percent accuracy, meaning Uncle Sam’s money was not wasted and the time and effort of my training instructors was a sound and good effort for an expert sharp shooter.

  9. Belfast October 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Comes the next storm or high winds and his file will be blown out through the eddoes, or myomosity .

  10. hcalndre October 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Is he still receiving a salary? The way that barbados is, he probably could resign and keep his salary safe.

  11. Patrick October 25, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Why don’t you police haters find some employment or talk something sensible.
    Locking up policemen and successful citizens is not going to make life any better for you haters who wish bad for persons you think are better off than you are.


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