Case against firearms offender hits a snag

A St Michael man, charged with a number of serious offences, has been granted $10,000 bail.

Romono Anthony Drayton, of Turton’s Gap, Gittens Road, Government Hill, is accused of having a firearm in his possession without a valid licence back in November 2014.

Drayton, who is in his 20s, is also accused of wounding Alpheus Boyce on that same date, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him or to do some serious bodily harm to him.

The auto body repairman, who was previously granted bail for those offences was later remanded after he re-appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, accused of dishonestly receiving a motorcycle on May 25, 2017, knowing or believing it to be stolen.

He also faced a charge of engaging in unlawful and violent behaviour with other persons on May 27 last year.

When his case came up for hearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, the prosecutor, Sergeant Theodore McClean, said he was not in a position to continue and requested an adjournment.

However, that did not sit well with Drayton’s attorney Naomi Lynton who pointed out that her client had spent 56 days on remand. Frederick then asked the prosecutor if he had any information to give to the defence in any of the cases, but the sergeant said “no”.

“Not even the 2014 file?” Frederick queried, adding, “I said get something for this sitting to show movement in this case and I thought that that would propel you all into action, but it doesn’t look like you all are moved by anything.”

“It looks like they want to play cops and robbers all the time. He was already on bail, come back into custody and has to get bail again,” Frederick said before releasing the accused.

However, as part of his bail conditions, Drayton has to report to the District ‘A’ Police Station every Wednesday by 10 a.m. with valid identification.

The accused man returns to court on May 16.

“Hopefully they will have the file by then,” the magistrate said as he adjourned the matter.

One Response to Case against firearms offender hits a snag

  1. jrsmith February 10, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Barbados is so broken nothing works , missing criminal files that’s why people commit so much crime in Barbados, knowing how inefficient the justice system is ,they then have a 99% chance of they cases been thrown out of count , what a tin pot situation……..
    When crime is committed against local bajans , I wonder how they feel when criminals keep committing crime after crime all year round and no one seems to cares about justice…….


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