Bail denied

Drug accused trio sent back to Dodds

For the second time this week, entertainer Betty Griffith-Payne and two co-accused have been remanded to Dodds prison, in connection with $625,000 worth of cocaine.

The 38-year-old former Richard Stoute Teen Talent winner, of Apartment No. 8, West Terrace Heights, St James, first appeared in court here on Monday, along with her 35-year-old sister Marie Griffith, of Phillips Road, Cleaver’s Hill, St Joseph, and 34-year-old Guyanese national Kwanza Canterbury, and was initially sent to Dodds for two days.

Today, the trio was remanded to prison for a further 28 days on charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and conspiracy to traffic 12.6 kilos of the illegal drug, sometime between November 7 and 10.

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

Today, Station Sergeant Janice Ifill, who is representing the Crown, objected to bail, based on the seriousness of the offences and the amount of drugs involved.

However, attorney Marlon Gordon described as “nebulous” the street value attached to the cocaine, while questioning how police had arrived at the amount.

He also repeated his earlier submission that Griffith-Payne was a Barbadian with strong family ties, no prior convictions and was willing to adhere to any conditions imposed by the court.

Gordon, who is also legal counsel for Canterbury, submitted that the Guyanese man was presently in the country on a legitimate work permit and had also never been convicted.

He also revealed that the accused man’s family had sent attorney Dexter Todd, who was present in court, from Georgetown to observe the proceedings.

Appearing today for the first time for Griffith-Payne was legal counsel Angella Mitchell-Gittens. She urged the magistrate to exercise her discretion and to grant bail to her client, arguing that the seriousness of the offence was not sufficient to keep her behind bars.

The attorney further argued that, like the High Court, the District ‘E’ Magistrates’ Court could grant bail on the indictable offence, once “particular considerations” had been satisfied.

Mitchell-Gittens also pointed out that sureties were present to secure the entertainer’s bail.

Attorney Naomi Lynton made a similar application for Marie Griffith, saying that her close-knit family was “devastated” over the length of time the mother of four had been on remand so far, and therefore it “should not continue”.

However, in denying the requests for bail, the magistrate said, “I know you said they are fit here and fit up there [High Court], but I think they will be fitter up there”, she said as she remanded the trio to the St Philip institution until December 14.

10 Responses to Bail denied

  1. Willz Power
    Willz Power November 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    You woulda had ta get involve in ah 2 million + used car racket like de man who had de company ta get bail.

    Or do like de advertising fella and steal 4 million and pay back 1.5

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  2. Kim Stone
    Kim Stone November 16, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Them balls wunna tickling like dem ain’t big enough

    Reply
  3. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 16, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Why are they being denied bail,well well?

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  4. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple November 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    How she get denied bail but the guy that own de boutique in Sky mall New York something out .

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  5. gsmiley November 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    They will have to appeal to the high court for bail like the same people you talked about Mr Power.

    They too were denied bail in the magistrates court so don’t mislead us.

    And in the case of the man with the car racket he was on remand for 35 days.

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  6. luther thorne November 16, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The Magistrate is a woman and iwomem are always harsher especially on other women. If it were a Male Magistrate , he would have been more discretionary.

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  7. Greengiant November 17, 2017 at 6:34 am

    We in Barbados try to politicise everything, the reality here is this matter has to be tried in High Court due to the quantity of the drugs involved. Their lawyers, being smart enough should have already made application to the High Court.

    The lawyers are the problem here, they knew from the outset where they would have to go to get bail, so what are they waiting for. It’s the legal system, based like most other things ‘custom and practice’.

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  8. gsmiley November 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    so luther Birch is a woman too?

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  9. Belfast November 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Was the son of the Bridgetown merchant who brought in a container of drugs had his bail denied? or was it just his trial that was denied?

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