Slap On The Wrist For Drug Trafficker: There Is More In The Mortar

Submitted by Caswell Franklyn

Keith Allen, drug trafficker Photo credit: Nation Newspaper

It was reported in the Nation of January 27, 2012 that in the process of handing down sentence on Keith Allen, the LIAT pilot who was caught with drugs, the magistrate said that she had taken into consideration his early guilty plea, his age, that he cooperated with police and appeared genuinely remorseful, and that his character witnesses – two clergymen – had testified that his actions were out of character. The magistrate is reported as going on to say, “Fortunately for the accused, the mitigating factors outweigh the aggravating factors”.

I have never heard such a lame excuse for slapping a major criminal on the wrist. Make no mistake about it a fine of $250,000 might seem large to the average man, but he is not an average man: he is a drug trafficker with access to large sums of money. $ ¼ million is chump change for a drug trafficker. Didn’t the magistrate get it? This man is a drug trafficker of the worst kind.

What are these mitigating factors? He was in a position of trust. He was a pilot, and they usually walk through Customs without being searched which gave him the golden opportunity to be a drug smuggler. He brought in a significant quantity of drugs that he would have sold to make profits from destroying young minds. Those destroyed young people end up being a burden on the state and are frequently before the courts for committing crime to feed their drug habit. He was contributing to the destruction of this society and the magistrate called it mitigating.

Nothing that the magistrate is reported to have said can convince me that this drug pusher should not have been sentenced to a long term of imprisonment. She appears to be out of touch. In this country, the courts frequently lock up the end used, but when there is an opportunity to send a message to the suppliers, the court lets down the country by making excuses for not imposing a custodial sentence. I don’t know what, but something must be done to let judicial officers know that the public is not happy when something like this happens. It is about time that someone looks into the mortar and see what is there besides the pestle.

83 thoughts on “Slap On The Wrist For Drug Trafficker: There Is More In The Mortar

  1. That’s the way it is in sunny Barbados.

    Clergymen were the character witnesses, he did something ‘out of character’….LMAO… mean he got caught at last!!
    This goes on everyday in Bim and it isn’t going to stop anytime soon. As long as we live with this class and clique mentality, it will always be this way.
    Stay out of trouble is my advice.


    (1) He was a trusted Official.
    (2) In a position of great responsibility.
    (3) With opportunities to commit offences on a regular basis.
    (4) A man of means not a hungry unemployed boy on the block
    (5) The amount of drugs siezed.

    The mitigating features to support the sentence imposed do not seem to be there.

  3. Techie and Yardbroom

    Cases like this one which exposes injustice are becoming all too frequent in Barbados. Can you imagine the man put up quarter million bucks?

    It would be interesting to know since he leaded guilty if he figured his contacts to the authorities.

  4. Man David….I am sick and tired of these situations long time. A quarter million is chump change, when you look at the street price for a kilo of cocaine.

    I remember a King of the band who was held with considerable cocaine, people who stole millions and went to Europe breezing with sexy models, got their passport seized but got it back as they had business to conduct. Container of drugs…..what happened there and lots more.
    I had a friend who caused the death of a big ups wife in a vehicular accident and was arrested and charged immediately even though they too were traumatized, while others kill early morning walkers and swear it was a cow but nothing remotely close to the treatment my friend got .
    Three young men were castigated for pics on the internet of them getting a blowjob, while the food handlers at fast food restaurants continue to serve you all happily, if you had seen their internet pics, you wouldnt even order.
    Such is lie in Bim and it will never change, regardless of how much we discuss this.
    People will never leave their comfort zones.

    As for giving up others…..joke!!…..I keep telling you all….the boys on the block are waaaaaaaay down the pyramid.

  5. Did the magistrate care that the same money used to pay the fine could be the profits from smuggling drugs?

    And some hypocrites, some of whom practice law in Barbados will continue to let the small time dealers go to prison while the big fish swim away.

  6. Technician you should talk. If people like you didn’t smoke mariuana LIAT pilots wouldn’t have to bring it in by the plane load.

    Ya gotta learn to be like me. I’ve NEVER used not even a milligram of herb or anything else yet.

    That’s how we stop drug trafficking.

    Dry up the market.

  7. And I have to ask how come a Cuban drug trafficker serves 15 years in prisonin BArbados and has been held in cistody for another 2 years and yet our government won’t let go the man.

    Cuban won’t take him back.

    No other country is willing to take in a drug trafficker.

    I say let go the man and ask the police to keep a sharp eye on him.

  8. This LIAT pilot should have been imprisoned.

    He is a priviledged upper middle class man. His parents and the Vincentian taxpayers paid for his primary, secondary and flight school education.

    He got the dream job flying for LIAT.

    He betrayed is parents, his country, his pastors, the taxpayers of St. Vincent, and for those betrayals the Barbados courts should have locked his sorry rass up.

  9. Race and class are features of barbadian society, where the dispensation of justice correlates with which class you belong to, with the upper class and colour being the determinants of lighter sentence for the same crime, as someone from the lower class. we recently see two clear examples, the bjerkam man and the pilot. FEATURES OF CARIBBEAN SOCIETY WHICH HAD ITS GENESIS IN PLANTATION SOCIETY.

    • @Blogger2012

      Totally agree and it best explains why many islands in the Caribbean are loathed to embrace the CCJ as the final court.

  10. If I ever get into trouble in Bim my phone will be on speed dial to Johnny C; The man is adept at getting light sentences for his clients and what better reputation would a defense lawyer want?

    Instead of castigating the magistrate some kudos should be directed to Johnny he did a fine job and his client must be very grateful. If the client was able to pay 250G’s forthwith, wonder what the Attorney’s fees were?

  11. @David

    Sorry, old habits die hard, he was always Johnny so I am unable to reconcile myself to Richard, if you ask any of his contemporaries (not saying I was one) he was always Johnny. Speaking of names Barbados must be the only country that you never know an individual’s real name unless they died or are knighted.

    Random Thoughts brought up the subject of the Cuban Drug Trafficker who served his time and is still in prison, surely something is wrong if a man served his time and is still being held. If it is because his country of origin wouldn’t take him back it is still cruel and unusual punishment to keep him in prison long after his original sentence has been served.

    Looks like the next International Agency paying attention to Barbados will be Amnesty International.

  12. I would argue that the connection between class, race and Court decisions is not as one sided as is being portrayed here.
    Bjerkham got off, as did our drug-running pilot friend but it is at least possible that this was as a result of being able to employ the best legal representation. (And I would emphasise that I do not support being able to buy yourself out of prison).
    At the other end of the scale though, look how many ZR drivers and the like get off with ridiculously small fines their offences. There is a whole raft of people out there who get away with murder (perhaps not literally) because they are the “poor Black man”.

  13. @ Random Thoughts | January 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM |
    “Ya gotta learn to be like me. I’ve NEVER used not even a milligram of herb or anything else yet. That’s how we stop drug trafficking. Dry up the market.”

    So would you recommend a similar approach to the consumption of alcohol? Pastor Victor Roach would be most pleased to hear your recommendations on the ways to curb “drink driving accidents and fatalities.
    Random Thoughts, the way to deal with the “herb” matter is to treat it the same way we treat alcohol- “decriminalize” it. The only reason governments have not gone this route is because of Taxation. First, there is absolutely nowhere that an effective tax system can be imposed on a product like ‘mary jane’. Second the people who stand to lose the most are the alcohol production and distribution businesses. These businesses have spent a lot of time (since the day Prohibition laws were lifted) trying to make their industry a “legitimate” economic activity that contributes significantly to the Gross National Product (GNP) of many economies and is the source of much tax revenues. Do you really feel that it would just entertain a major “legitimate” competitor to its profitability? This business class lobby politicians in ‘consuming countries’ and contribute significant sums to political parties’ election campaigns to ensure that no “legalization” of the “satavis” herb ever takes place like that of the bi-products of the sugar cane plant, potatoes, barley, rye or hops. This is especially true for small, dependent Caribbean economies with their full slate of easily corruptible pols.

    PS: I do not “smoke” like Techie but I would not mind a good cup of tea made by and served by “Mary Jane”.

  14. Miller I tired now so I will respond tomorrow.

    I am not dependent on the wealthy alcohol merchant manufacturers since I can and do brew my own.

    But take this I am on board with Pastor Roach. He is not against alcohol consumption. He is against driving while impaired by alcohol or any other substance.

    I have never driven while impaired by alcohol or any other thing. NEVER. Not even once.

    My rule is no more than one serving on alcohol that is one beer,one glass of wine or one ounce of spirits in any 2 hour period if I am driving or if I plan to drive.

  15. The Saturday Sun reports that CBC dismissed the person responsible for the erotic sounds during the weather news on said:

    Who was it?

  16. Miller etc.

    You are blowing smoke (pardon the pun) when you suggested that the people who are in the alcohol production and distribution business would oppose the decriminalization of pot. The moment that marijuana was decriminalized, these same corporations would go into full scale marijuana production. There would be billboards with ads proclaiming “I would walk a mile for a XYZ joint”, The Marlborough man would become “The Tampee Man”. Snoop Dog would be among the celebrity spokespersons for herb. In addition the pharmaceutical arms of these Corporations would be producing it in tablet and liquid form and good for whatever ails you. Gov’t will be collecting its taxes and all will be well with the world.

    I have some news for you, after prohibition there were many Stills which were producing “Moonshine” and the Gov’t took care of them, the same thing would happen with the legalization of marijuana the Gov’t would take care of the “illegal” producers to make sure it gets its fair share and that the Multinationals prosper.

    I don’t take the stuff myself, I tried it once but like Bill Clinton I didn’t inhale
    :-), I get my highs on life.

  17. @ Sargeant | January 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM |

    If your scenario plays out then we will witness a significant drop in the current levels of drug-related crimes.
    Do you think the law enforcement agencies (including the lawyers. magistrates, probation officers, social workers and prison officials would be happy with that state of affairs? Keeping ‘mary jane an outlaw’ is big business too!

    What is your ‘high’ perspective on the potential loss of business for an industry that has grown by leaps and bounds since the days of President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy?

  18. to be honest, if my son got in a little trouble, i would try to get a string pull too because that is the norm in barbados and i suppose elsewhere as well because i observe that the royal family is not exempt from the law so it would be hpocritical of me to condemn the practice but in this instanc4e my beef is with the way the media reported to lessen the impact of the inappropriate fine on the unsuspecting public by injecting the word”1/4 million” into the headline rather than the measly $250.000 dollars. This man has considerable assets in St Vincent. The fine is chicken feed to him.

  19. @ST George

    You missed the point. Because of their class, they have the money to hire the best lawyer to gey them out of trouble, so to are the whites in Babados. Have you ever seen a white Barbadain commited to prison, except the guy from the abak, i thinnk his father used to work at royal bank. i think his name was maloney, when he came out of prison did he go overseas to live? There is no comparison between the crimes the zr drivers commit and the ones i have mentoned. I hope you got my drift.

    The instittutions which we have inherited after planatation society have perpetuated the concept of differential sentencing concept to protect the social importance of race and class in our society. D0 you knowr why the father of independence advised poor barbdaince to keep out of the courts?

  20. This has happened before! I clearly remember a case, a few years back, whereby a pilot and a Barbadian male were arrested outside the airport after the pilot had just handed over a package containing drugs to the bajan. At trial, both were only fined. At lease the justice system in Barbados was consistent in its punishment in these cases.

  21. @David

    Can someone explain why this man did not spend some time in prison?
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “The rich get justice, the poor get jail”, nothing new it is not unique to Barbados its the same all over the world.

    Next Question.

  22. rotten old onion

    seems that u have been hoodwinked by the pr strategy, then again, i dont consider all harisonians intelligent, and u fall into that category. Got my drift.

    By the way, a school dont make u inteligent, else u would have been, but thank god that the have intelligent people that did not go to hc. you got it,

    by the way i borned and raised in a fishing village and have perfected the benacular of the fisherman, and can use it when i have to, so please dont let us sink to trading insults, as i dont back off when i start and david would not want us to degenerate to such behavious, nr mutiple blogger yah hear.

  23. @Miller etc.

    I know that you have been paying attention to the budget crunch that the USA is facing, do you know how much it cost to prosecute and house an inmate? The “Business” that you refer to is not of the profit making variety (well except for a few lawyers) but the taxpayers pay the bill. When the boot hits the road something got to give and marijuana is still seen as a “soft” drug in comparison to Cocaine. Then there is Crystal meth that is destroying some communities in middle America.

    Everyday marijuana is becoming rehabilitated and there is quite a bit of literature extolling the medical benefits of marijuana. The establishment that benefited from Ronnie and Nancy’s “Say No to Drugs” will focus their efforts elsewhere see Cocaine etc above.

  24. In some Jurisdictions “The Proceeds of Crime Act” is invoked with some rigour and the convicted criminal has to account for accumulated wealth. If he or she is unable to do so to the satisfaction of the Judge that wealth is recovered and then becomes the property of the State.

    It is then seen that crime really does not pay.

  25. I think that some of you are missing the point. Cheltenham did not get him off. He plead guilty. According to the Magistrate his light sentence was as a result of the mitigating factors in his favour. That is a load of poppycock. His crime deserved a custodial sentence. It not enough to say that; two clergymen, who did not really know the drug pusher or they lied, testified to his good character; that he plead guilty; and that he co-operated with the police and use that as a basis for letting him go with a slap on the wrist.

    What else could he have done but plead guilty and cooperate with police, he was caught red-handed. I don’t know if he is Mede or Persian but the law was not applied as evenly as I would have expected

  26. There was a time when the economies of the world depended on Marijuana for basic necessities. At that time it was called hemp. There was a time when the King of England decreed that hemp must be grown in every country in the Commonwealth and those who refused to grow it were jailed (funny how it has turned completely in the opposite). One could pay taxes with marijuana and the greatest boast on earth was, “World War 1 was won on hemp!”

    So, a couple of oil goons and ultra large land owners sought to destroy the reputation of marijuana so they could benefit. You see, out of this one plant that everybody grew you got high quality clothing, military uniforms, oil, fuel, plastic (and the plastic from hemp is 10 times stronger than steel). The first motor car was made almost exclusively from hemp. The steering system was made from hemp plastic. The first bible was printed on hemp paper and the original American constitution was written on hemp paper which lasted for centuries without going yellow.

    The oil goons wanted to sell their oil exclusively and the forest owners sought to cut down the forests so they can make paper and clothing, etc.

    Today we are jailing people for the same hemp but accepting alcohol from sugar. There is no doubt that this must be removed from the illegal list in the near future, especially in these times of crisis when such a versatile and easy to grow plant can solve all our energy problems and do much more including the preparation of medicines.

    Inevitably a few highly greedy men has us throwing our people in jail for a plant that was purportedly handed to mankind from the gods. There is oh so much more that is positive about this plant that it would fill this blog and further end poverty across the world. The problem is that this would cause the wealthy to lose their wealth and we certainly can’t have that, can we?

    The perpetration of this law is out of pure ignorance and I will surely be sorry for the likes of the NCSA for spreading false propaganda about this plant and inducing fear into the population over it as we can see from this article and subsequent comments. I agree that laws are to be enforced but laws that are based on the spread of propaganda and ignorance is surely a shame on governments and the people who are too lazy to research the information. After all, this plant was the most sought after resource of world powers less than 100 years ago and ordinary citizens produced it; from plantations to backyard farmers and the state bought nearly all of it.

  27. @ ROK
    Indian Hemp kill Bob Marley….and I sure a lot others who nobody notice..look if I were you I would stop using it tooo…cuz I know that dis ent you that write diz… D maraa-wanna

    • Old Onion Bags, there was a time you were made of hemp too. You know any fat people that died from eating only food and too much? You eating the corrupted chicken that will cause you grief before you die. All the asthma, diabetes (which we were once told was genetic, but now finding out differently), the heart attacks and cancer coming from the food this population eating today. Yet establishments like KFC are allowed to do business even though we warning our people to stay away from it. Let’s talk criminals because to my mind, not only people in jail are criminals. The drug companies, etc. that producing bad drugs and marketing drugs that are not fully researched. What happens, they recall drugs when they hurt innocent people and police don’t go for them. They kill with impunity and if the family has money they may take legal action but no death penalty hangs over the heads of these people… but we find a way to incarcerate our people for something that will benefit manufacturing, medicine and many more.

    • To pick up on ROK’s overarching point, we need to decide the kind of society we want to build.

      All the other issues are symptomatic of the system which exist.

  28. Money talks! Rich drug traffickers Walk.! By not given a prison sentence ,rather than paying a hefty fine,has reduced this country to a level akin to prostitution. The fine paid, by all accounts,most likely came from the proceeds of previous drug deals. Technically we are guilty of money laundering.
    Lay back and tek it.

  29. @ blogger
    Blogger2012 | January 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM |
    Look Blogga.. I see you pelting big rocks ..from far behind my back.. and now telling me bugaboo bout but not to trade insults….HEY BUD.. HC was the bomb and still is from last reports so that handles

    I dun got Ac to leach you…are you not the BLIND ONE???.. so i have no excuse to attack a handicap…that is if you are…for all the times she said it.. you never denied it .soooooooooooo.??QED..ouch

  30. @ ROK | January 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM | & ROK | January 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    ROK, you have my support here. If only Caribbean people can come to the realisation that ‘hemp’ can be a blessing and economic salvation then they would be more “enlightened”. The people who don’t want to see mary jane prosper as an industry are the same ones that contributed to the demise of the banana industry in the East Caribbean. Now what do you expect the people to do? Only if hemp could be grown ‘commercially’ in cold climes then you would have seen a massive industrial enterprise. But the lack of constant sunlight is a major constraint to commercial viability in those Northern climes.
    Hemp is a natural (God given) plant that has major economic and commercial potential for a “green” economy. It can help transform these struggling small economies if only there was the political will and the gumption to tell those benefiting from the “coke” trade to leave mary jane alone and let hemp recapture its rightful place in the lives of tropical people.

    “Inevitably a few highly greedy men has us throwing our people in jail for a plant that was purportedly handed to mankind from the gods”.
    ROK, this is a very profound statement of great metaphysical import. Just asking: What do you mean by “from the gods”? Very Interesting!

    @ old onion bags | January 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM |
    “Boss ..I dun tell you already..dun wid dat ting mashin up you brains.”

    But ‘old kite string’, don’t you think that alcohol destroys more brains than the other stuff? If so, we should be calling for similar treatment to that of mary jane. What do you say, baggie? Ban both and let both compete ‘underground’ of let both have similar recognition in the eyes of the law on a level playing field?

    • ROK

      The question here is not whether marijuana is good for you or not. It is about the administration of justice where major criminals escape the punishment they deserve while the poor fellows who do not have connections are lost away in jail. Instead you reduce this thread to a bunch of nonsense about the benefits of this harmful substance. You are not playing with a full deck. What more evidence do you need before you stop peddling your nonsense? Marijuana damages the brain. I thought you had more sense. If you want to smoke that crap that is your business but stop extolling its virtues to impressionable young minds.

    • Caswell, if the law is seriously flawed then where is the justice? It actually amounts to an injustice to have the law. You tell me that I reduce this to a bunch of nonsense, but it was not me who reduced it. It is a bunch of nonsense in itself. Find another example if you want to deal with the administration of justice. Talk about Bjerkham.

      As to the harm this substance is causing, if you were around 100 years ago, you would not be repeating such tripe because you would know what marijuana is. The very clothing that you would have been wearing, the bed you slept in and the sails of the boats you travelled in were made of this so-called “harmful substance”. You have swallowed the lies and deceit lock, stock and barrel and come to tell me foolishness? Wake up!

      If all that you say is true we should ban sugar cane from growing and nobody should be using sugar because it has in alcohol. The logic evades me. Steupseee! Tired of this nonsense.

  31. Agree with all who think the Vincentian drug dealer should be lost way in jail for a long time. What’s doing with Johnny Cheltenham are the courts afraid of the guy? He gets really light sentences for some of the worst criminals stalking Barbados. The new CJ must put a stop to the Pope Cheltenham factor.

  32. @millertheanunnaki et al | January 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Look all ya see me ..I from the old school.Though there seems to be an thread of sense in what you are saying, let’s consider the other side.
    I can take you in B’towm right now in the area of Shoppers Paradise and show you a once brilliant a parro..He once was a husband and a income bringing father who could have contributed more to this economy if not for the scourge of drugs.

    I need I say more…?

    • Onion Bags, “I can take you in B’towm right now in the area of Shoppers Paradise and show you a once brilliant a parro…”

      Let us not get mixed up. What is a “parro”? That is about “Crack Cocaine” not marijuana. Would you call an alcoholic a parro? Well in a way that is what you are doing, except that marijuana has no debilitating effects on the human mind. As for Bob Marley, the only conclusion that can be made is that he was either assassinated or his condition had nothing to do with the smoking of hemp. There are many more living in Jamaica today that has surpassed Marley’s intake of Marijuana by leaps and bounds and had no brain tumor. How many more people you know of that died from marijuana smoking?

  33. It was coke, my old onion bag friend, that did in Smithy; like so many others! He had the potential to be a PM and could have been in the same position as the person with the same “FS” initials. No one is advocating the decriminalisation of a chemically altered and processed substance that can do untold damage to the human body. Hemp is a naturally growing plant that requires little, if any, chemical modification for human consumption. Smoking it produces an altered chemical substance which, like tobacco, can produce harmful toxins to the human brain. No one is recommending consumption in this form. But if humans want to use it in that form who are we to say they should not. Rum is from the sugar cane plant which is chemically altered to produce bi-products for human consumption. So why not let hemp compete and see who wins?

  34. @ Caswell Franklyn | January 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM |
    “Marijuana damages the brain.”

    What about alcohol and tobacco ? Play your full deck and let us hear your position on the other “legal” harmful substances, Caswell!

    • Miller

      Both alcohol and tobacco are harmful substances, and might even do more harm than marijuana mainly because they are more readily available. I even agree that the only reason those two are legal and marijuana is not is a direct result result of who produces them.

      I think the trade in all three is morally reprehensible since people make money from destroying others. We have two that are legal but idiots want to add the third. Their campaign should be about ways of restricting the use of the legal ones. Two wrongs do not make it right, neither does three.

  35. @Caswell
    If you want to smoke that crap that is your business but stop extolling its virtues to impressionable young minds.

    Caswell it’s simple …they are HOOKED and would like to see the price of drugs come down by being legalized.

    Lord thank you that I am not a parro…Nor let not these promote evil to young unblemished minds.

  36. @Caswell, “If you want to smoke that crap that is your business but stop extolling its virtues to impressionable young minds.”

    The medical evidence does not support your idea that people who smoke it are smoking crap. The evidence which says that it cures/relieves cancer, surely can’t be crap. The knowledge that we have of the virtues of this plant in making clothing, making the sails of boats. The strongest fabrics you can want. Its use in the preparation of medicines, etc. Is all that crap?

    All you can think about is the smoking? When you think of sugar cane you think of drinking alcohol? You know Caswell, you are as guilty as perpetrating discrimination as much as you complain that it is happening to you. What crap are you talking about except the very crap coming from your pen. Do some research and stop the crap they feeding you that you so easily imbibing. If you want people to open their eyes, I would suggest you open yours first. Come with facts. I am not responding to your inebriated state caused by the impact of that propaganda on your brilliant mind any more.

    Furthermore I am not seeing you talk about the cigarette and alcohol ads that extol the non-virtues of these drugs on our impressionable minds.

  37. onion bags, this is not about drugs. This is about the economy. You from the old school, so am I, but I will not be blinded by lies, deceit, inaccuracies and propaganda. I would like to be able to hand down the clothes I wear to my children so that when they come back in fashion, they outfitted. I would like a piece of plastic that ten times stronger than steel. I would like to get back in those old dungarees and see my Defence Force outfitted in proper uniforms. More than all, I would like to see the plastic that polluting this earth stopped. Take a look at what this greed has done and will continue to do:

  38. David

    This is an aside but since the blog is about crime and punishment I thought that I’d slip this one in although the crimes are somewhat different from what is under discussion.

    Late last week I read that Uhuru Kenyatta ( Kenyan Finance Minister) was among three Kenyan politicians who were ordered to stand trial by the ICC (international Criminal Court) for incidents arising out of the 2008 post election riots. However it was the next sentence in the article that caused me to spill my beverage as it reported that he was the richest man in Kenya. Anyone familiar with recent African history would know the name Kenyatta as his father was Jomo Kenyatta who was suspected as being leader of the Mau Mau rebellion that drove the British out of the country. Kenyatta senior later became leader of the country as Prime Minister and then President..

    So how does the son of an Independence fighter/cum President become the richest man in the country? It turns out that Kenyatta (senior) seized or “bought” most the farms left by the departing British with state money for his benefit and passed it on to his survivors. The son was able to build on the assets left by his father to cement his status and build his fortune to become the country’s richest man.

    BTW “Uhuru” is the Swahili word for freedom so his father ensured that he would certainly be free.

  39. Sir Jonny my ass …! As someone who sat on the jury in a Cheltleham trial I was not afraid of him or the tripe that was presented as mitigating factors in a murder trial …. Funny enough I was never asked to perform that responsibility again … hmmm!

  40. @ Blogger 2012
    I was trying to make the point that if you have money you can hire a good lawyer and s/he will prove your innocence and you go free. Someone without those resources will end up in Dodds. I don’t think that is fair, but the system is there and those who can pay money will be represented better and are more likely to win.
    Look at O J Simpson as an example of someone who had (allegedly) committed a crime but was found not guilty because they had good representation.
    My point with the ZR drivers is that when one of them is in court for a traffic offence, he will be fined $100; the affluent Bajan following will get a $500 fine.
    Reverse classism.

  41. Sargeant

    You would cling onto any anti-Black Euro-centric garbage that you come across as gospel … Which planet are you really from? Why not post a comment condemning the Prescod-Bush’s and Kennedies for a change you hypocrite …!

  42. skinnin’ cuffins

    The pilot you talkin’ ’bout is ROK ol’ school buddy … Wait somet’ng wrong wid a conclusion that just form in my head …

  43. BAFBP

    Why don’t you grow up you big jackass, isn’t it time that line of thinking ceased to exist? If white people engage in corruption is it ok for black people to do the same? I thought you had a bit of common sense but it seemed I misjudged you.

  44. First it was Johan Bjerkhamn , now this ex LIAT pilot, both given slaps on the wrists by Magistrates. Isn’t it about time that serious offences such as these be sent eventually to the Higher Court to be tried by Judge and Jury.? Smart lawyers are taking advantage of this loophole, when it suits them. For other mortals they prolong the court hearings , and eventually end up in the High Court ,as their fees would have been paid “coolie man style,” and not up front .

    • The average Barbadian is fast losing confidence in the administration of justice. The decision is just another one of those that people can cite to give reasons for that lack of confidence.

      Dodds prison is full of young men who were incapable of articulating their case. They are not represented by lawyers because they don’t have the necessary funds to pay and their offences did not qualify them for legal aid. Some are overawed and because they cannot deliver of themselves, they end up in jail or the Psychiatric Hospital. At the Psychiatric Hospital if you are not mad when you went in sure as hell you are likely to be when you come out. On the other hand, if your family has money or position you can sail through the legal system relatively unscathed. I now believe beyond doubt that prison is only for the poor who do not have influential friends.

      No one can convince me that a man who was in a position of trust, where he could freely access the Airport, who then breached that trust by importing illegal drugs, should be allowed to walk away with just a fine.

      If truth be told, I was waiting for a long time to write this post since I predicted the outcome of the case, just not the dollar value of the fine.

  45. LOL

    Now THIS is the Caswell that Bushie will appoint to the position of executive chairman of the national supervisory committee of Barbados.

    The “AX Caswell” is an unfortunate example of the fact that we are all only human….

    …on balance Caswell still have the pick lined up….

  46. And this is the same point of view Caswell had on the AX problemthat is people having friends in high places to protect their misdeeds.lest we forget BUSHIE.

  47. Wait ac…. You don’t work…? LOL …or you breezing instead of teaching your assigned class too…

    Friends in high places..? mean like the kind of people who get to meet with the prime minister, and receives praise and encouragement – as a reward for shutting down a whole education system, wasting a whole month of work time, setting back the educational opportunities for hundreds of school children and upsetting hundreds of parents…?

  48. “A miserable old bajan man who has become disillusioned with life as we know it in the 21st century” … HA HA HA and this would be a most apt description of BIMBRO … HA HA HA

  49. Chris where is your ole aunt Bonny? I miss her real bad 🙁 my heart is very heavy.

  50. bring back COLOMBO! he can solve the mystery of o the MYSTERIOUS Disapperance OF BONNY PEPPA!

    @ CH
    is that so ! when did she died?

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