Bail for Betty

Drug-accused entertainer could be released by Christmas

Barbadian entertainer Betty Alicia Griffith Payne has been offered bail in the amount of $300,000 following an appearance before Madam Justice Jaqueline Cornelius in the No.5 Supreme Court this week.

Barbados TODAY understands that the release of the 38-year-old, of Lot No 8, Apartment No. 1, West Terrace Heights, is now pending once the necessary paperwork is finalized.

As part of her bail conditions she had to surrender all travel documents and must now report to a police station.

Payne is jointly charged with her 35-year-old sister Marie Alexa Griffith, of Phillips Road, Cleavers Hill, St Joseph, and Guyanese national Kwanza Ezra Canterbury, with unlawful possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and conspiracy to traffic 12 kilos of cocaine.

The two women face an additional charge of handling the cocaine.

The offences were allegedly committed between November 7 and 10 at West Terrace Heights, St James, and Mason Hall Street, St Michael.

This week, Griffith was also granted bail in the sum of $200,000 but is also awaiting clearance from the court. She also had to surrender her travel documents and report to a police station but unlike her sister she will be forced to adhere to a daily curfew once released.

However, Canterbury is to remain in prison for Christmas as he had earlier pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of one kilo of cannabis, valued at $8,000 and is currently serving a six-month prison term.

The trio, who appeared in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday, returns to court on January 8.

11 Responses to Bail for Betty

  1. Sandra December 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Cocaine and there are setting talks and bullsit walks.

    • Leroy December 16, 2017 at 3:37 am

      You have issue with the system and bail? If she is entitled to bail then let the system work.

      $300,000 aint $ you just pickup, bail or no bail she has to answer the charge.

  2. luther thorne December 16, 2017 at 1:06 am

    GOOD girl gone South?
    Whats the story here?
    Is the act a one off or was it a continuing situation ?

    • Leroy December 16, 2017 at 3:33 am

      One off? Dont be naive,,all you need to do is check the history of spending.

  3. Committed Bajan December 16, 2017 at 5:37 am

    It is this amount of cocaine that makes it into the hands of your children and makes them into vagrants and criminals so that the traffickers can live a life of luxury and you can’t be comfortable in your own homes.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I hope that 300.000 and all other bail money was in CASH. Surely that is “chump-change” to her colleagues from looking at the amount the “powder” worth.
    People all just remember “IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY”.

  5. luther thorne December 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Naive ?
    To ask a question is being naive ?
    So I am to assume ?
    When a judge or magistrate, police officer or supervisor ask you a question , they want a response , a statement. They do not assume anything and even if they know the answer , they want you to make the statement. The Police need to question you LEROY
    You seem to know something

  6. Colleen Harvey December 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Maybe that was the first time she ever got into trouble with the law to get bail. Hope they both learnt a lesson.

  7. Helicopter(8P) December 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Cell phones and debit- credit cards tell a mouthfull and brain full of information which can be translated into a logical story of analsys. In today’s world its informatics and forensics all the way .

  8. Joy December 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    In Barbados you don’t pay in bail. You satisfy the court that there are assets you can forfeit if the person on bail does not appear before the court e.g you can have title deeds for a house! Only if the person skips would you be in danger of losing your house or land!

  9. kk December 18, 2017 at 9:45 am

    betty!!!!!!! try and let these idiots know you is a big dog in this thing (i don’t know this woman nor she sista) but there was always something about that woman (betty) that just did not sit right with me, she just looked fake and FISHY!!!!! anything hidden in the dark, must be brought to light!!! (i going sign up for my physic course)


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