COURT-UPDATE-Bajan female entertainer among three held with drugs

A 38-year-old Bajan female entertainer, who is among a trio charged in connection with $625,000 worth of cocaine, will have to spend the next two days behind bars.

Former Richard Stoute Teen Talent winner Betty Griffith-Payne, of Apartment No. 8, West Terrace Heights, St James, is jointly charged with her 35-year-old sister Marie Griffith, of Phillips Road, Cleaves Hill, St Joseph, and 34-year-old Guyanese national Kwanza Canterbury with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and conspiracy to traffic 12 kilos of the illegal substance, sometime between November 7 and 10.

The two sisters are also jointly charged with knowingly handling the illicit substance during that same period.

Betty Payne (right) and her sister Marie in the courtyard earlier today.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court, the trio was not required to plead to the indictable offences and was remanded until November 16 when they are due to appear in the District ‘E’ Magistrates’ Court.

Guyanese national Kwanza Canterbury

In the meantime, Canterbury has pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of one kilo of cannabis, valued at $8,000. However, Canterbury, who was reprimanded and discharged on the supply and trafficking charges, was unable to pay the $10,000 forthwith fine slapped on him for possession of the illegal drugs.

He therefore faces the possibility of six months in jail.

23 Responses to COURT-UPDATE-Bajan female entertainer among three held with drugs

  1. Bradg November 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Wow….

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  2. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    It’s always a bit awkward when it’s someone you know, admire or respect.

    Reply
  3. Janice Tull
    Janice Tull November 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Keep your heads up. This too shall pass.

    Reply
  4. Annette Best
    Annette Best November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    he that is without sin cast the first stone

    Reply
  5. Hendrick Price
    Hendrick Price November 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Smh

    Reply
  6. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner November 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Sigh

    Reply
  7. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Such a sad situation.

    Reply
  8. Stoutey Beer
    Stoutey Beer November 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    SMH!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  9. Greengiant November 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    These comments amazes me. They’re not Barbadian males though. I forgot that.

    Reply
  10. Maureen Kirnon
    Maureen Kirnon November 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    So very sorry about this!

    Reply
  11. Abigail November 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    @greengiant I agree with you 100%

    Smdh

    Reply
  12. Alex Cross
    Alex Cross November 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I am sure that these ladies are first offenders just like the police superintendent John annel that was charged recently for the ammunition ,he did not see dodds prison that is y I can say that the justice system in Barbados isn’t fair all are mere allegations and bailable offenses under the constitution tell me y they was sent to prison ,

    Reply
    • Shelley Howard
      Shelley Howard November 14, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Youve already answered your question. Study it!

      Reply
    • Taurus Bull
      Taurus Bull November 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      You would first have to find out she is represented by a lawyer and if the lawyer is top one.

      Reply
    • Marva November 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Think he was remanded but appeal against that … did they appeal against not getting bail? We need to answer that first because like them he was denied bail but this was rescinded after his appeal was heard.
      Did they APPEAL????

      Reply
  13. Tash November 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Correct Green giant

    Reply
  14. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford November 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Stupidity at it’s finest. Don’t worry you may just end up paying a huge fine

    Reply
  15. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin November 14, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Ok

    Reply
  16. luther thorne November 14, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Pretty Girls.
    We do not kniw the full story here, so do not judge.

    Reply
  17. Chris John
    Chris John November 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Fast cash

    Reply
  18. The Gatekeeper November 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    One thing is certain, when it comes to who gets bail and who don’t, the system is all screwed up. When it comes to the length of time people remain on remand before their case is called, the system is all screwed up. The huge backlog of cases and insufficient judges, the system is all screwed up.

    Is there anything in Barbados that isn’t all screwed up right now though?

    Reply
  19. Marva November 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Think he was remanded but appeal against that … did they appeal against not getting bail? We need to answer that first because like them he was denied bail but this was rescinded after his appeal was heard.
    Did they APPEAL????

    Reply
  20. Marva November 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Magistrate Birch don’t skylark …Woman or man; entertainer and popular store worker or sanitation worker and king, will make no difference.

    I understand and empathise with the pain of a mother in such circumstances. All that can be done is to pray remembering that God will travel you wherever this journey takes you.

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