Magistrate Bannister Files Complaint Against Andrew Pilgrim QC for ‘think a fucking gain’ Comment

Andrew Pilgrim QC-  one of the respected lawyers in Barbados-  recently resorted to the use of muscular language and aggressive behaviour to demonstrated his frustration with a case presided over by Magistrate Graveney Bannister. To quote from the affidavit filed by Magistrate Graveney Bannister on the 7th May 2018, Pilgrim shouted as he was leaving the court, “Think a fucking gain”.

It has been reported that Pilgrim apologized to Bannister for the outburst. Clearly Pilgrim’s open dissent is symptomatic of a dysfunctional justice system in Barbados. If a QC can be so driven to resort to muscular language in open court then as they say- ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Was Alair Shepherd stripped of his QC status for mooning Justice Sonia Richards? Pilgrim should have no worries.

The blogmaster should also take the opportunity in this space to mention that Magistrate Bannister was in the news last week for suggesting  – wait for it – citizens that videotape policemen should be prosecuted. In the words attributed to Pilgrim in Magistrate Bannister’s affidavit the blogmaster says- think a fucking gain!

See Magistrate Graveney Bannister ‘s Affidavit filed.  We await the outcome.

109 thoughts on “Magistrate Bannister Files Complaint Against Andrew Pilgrim QC for ‘think a fucking gain’ Comment


  1. Told you that white minded magistrate wielding an invisible whip against is own people with his fake christianity cannot be trusted, only a diseased mind would accept an apology, then go file a complaint, you refuse the apology, if you are sane and let the person know why you refuse.

    This is only going to cause the public to distrust him even more and he should be removed from the bench for his well known biased, unbalanced and unfair approach to dispensing his idea of justice.


  2. This is petty, stupid and contemptible. It is full of bile from a man who appears unsure of his social, professional and intellectual position. To any reasonable person it smacks of vengeance, getting even, spite.
    Sadly, it typifies a certain Barbadian personality: the sort that lacks confidence in him/herself and seeks a salaried position because they are unsure they can make it in a big competitive world without the crutch of taxpayers’ pay. From that false position they try to get even with the world.


  3. @ Hal
    Give the man some slack…
    Boss, if you had to grow up with the first name ‘Graveney’, then you would likely have issues too….


  4. Elliott should take care of his health. He is looking older than Elton. Maybe it’s the injury he suffered when Mr. Fowles (English teacher at HC) kicked him on Weymouth (1953). After all He is only 79.


  5. All over this Barbados there are countless ass holes in significant positions doing shit and when they are set upon then they run and hide behind their positions or place of work. I’d imagined this silly ass civil servant, god knows how he attained this position can’t appreciate the level of injustice and ensuing frustration people and attorneys seeking justice must endure. This fool has now suggested that we Barbadians should be charged for filming policemen. Jesus phucking Christ, since I was a boy the cops here have been beating the shit out of men and extracting confessions, even Errol Barrow at a public meeting spoke on how this is done. Even Barrow didn’t try to put an end to this practice, of course the cover ups took place. Now, finally, we have smart phones with camera. What is so sickening about this matter the men who got their ass handed to them ended up doing 28 days on remand, for what? Now this fool wants to criminalized those who would dare to record instances of abuse by those who are entrusted to protect and serve. I doubt this jackass would’ve said the same had it been a man beating the shit out of a woman.


  6. @Hal Austin, you’re on to something there, after the euphoria of living in a big house and endless sunshine, Christmas day on the beach and all that, then it’s these little small island schmucks that you’ve just described. The bastards make Alaska quite inviting.


  7. I do not understand how, as the magistrate stated, Mr. Pilgrim behave badly in the face of the court when he had already left the bench.


  8. These 11-Plus slave boys will only embrace new and now mainstreamed words to the English language, as it is, once his majesty, the king uses them.

    This writer has traveled to more than 40 countries and territories and nowhere have we gone has we ever found anybody that could cuss like a Bajan.

    But instead of competing with the linguistic overseers. for a space for dominance, these raasssssouls would prefer the language as it has been.

    Bajans are more english than the british, in their hearts!

    Why does this magistrate, lacking any majesty, not remove ‘fucking’ from his english dictionary? Barbados will always be a mere colony, nothing more!


  9. Today, we shall be watching some IPL cricket.

    Every time we do we can’t but opine how the same elites would have had us believe that the Bajan or West Indian language of cricket, what White people used to call ‘Calypso Cricket’, was somehow inferior.

    And although we had 20 years of cricket dominance, and a chance to impose our language of cricket on the world, we instead were led by the elites to believe that if a bad ball was on the offside we could only it on the offside. Now even good balls going for six runs.

    This is innate West Indian cricketing culture that other people have turned into a mega industry. What brassbowls are we!

    And up to this day these same forces have not changed their thinking about what should be our language of cricket.

    Bajans were saying ‘fucking’ before it was in the English vernacular.


  10. Initially I was sympathetic to the plight of the Magistrate but I’ve changed my mind after being apprised of his comments on prosecuting citizens who videotape Police Officers. In the complaint he mentioned Pilgrim’s disrespect what about the disrespect by the Police who didn’t produce the file as directed? Why was it sitting on some Inspector’s desk? Pilgrim is reported to have apologized and that should have been the end of the matter but it seems that Graveney wants his pound of flesh.


  11. @ Pachamama May 9, 2018 7:18 AM
    “These 11-Plus slave boys will only embrace new and now mainstreamed words to the English language, as it is, once his majesty, the king uses them.
    This writer has traveled to more than 40 countries and territories and nowhere have we gone has we ever found anybody that could cuss like a Bajan.”

    Pachama, I concur totally with that assertion.
    It is true as “John 3:16” (LOL!!).

    Nobody curses like the Bajan; with a ‘uniquely’ wide repertoire of flowery words and phrases arising out of the oral miscegenation of the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and West African dialects.

    BTW, the “F” word (from the Irish “Fecking”) is as “common as muck” on both British TV and in other forms of informal communication.


  12. re Hal Austin May 9, 2018 6:35 AM

    This is petty, stupid and contemptible. It is full of bile from a man who appears unsure of his social, professional and intellectual position. To any reasonable person it smacks of vengeance, getting even, spite.
    Sadly, it typifies a certain Barbadian personality:

    ONE CAN UNDERSTAND AND AGREE WITH THIS PART OF YOUR RANT ABOVE…….AS IT SEEMS TO ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE MAGISTRATE.

    BUT THEN YOU DESCEND TO THE BOWELS OF CONCENTRATED BOVINE EXCREMENT , FIT ONLY FOR CONSUMPTION BY DUNG BEETLES

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH SEEKING a salaried position?

    WHAT IS BETTER a salaried position AS A LAWYER SERVING THE PEOPLE, OR A LAWYER WHO SOUGHT TO make it in a big competitive world without the crutch of taxpayers’ pay, WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY GOUGING HIS CLIENTS POCKETS?

    DID NOT THE CURRENT GG, AND THE LAST TWO BEFORE HER WORK FOR OUR COUNTRY IN SALARIED POSITIONS? DID THEY FROM that false position try to get even with the world?

    HOW IS A SALARIED POSITION A FALSE POSITION? ENLIGHTEN US?
    ARE THE SALARIED POSITIONS OF HOSPITAL DOVTORS AND NURSES, OR TEACHERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTORS ETC FALSE POSITIONS TOO?

    SOMETIMES I FEEL SORRY WHEN YOU GET LAMBASTED HERE ON BU, BUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, SOMETINES YOU DESERVE IT CAUSE YOU DOES TALK BARE SSSSSSSSSSSSSSTE!


  13. Georgie Porgie May 9, 2018 8:25 AM

    Says something about the professional ethics of the lawyer class.


  14. The slaveminded only know how to seek revenge from and punish each other, they won’t dare try that with any other group…too slavish, too afraid. ..and those are the ones they should be going after instead of letting them tell the court to kiss their ass like the old white lawyer did, or allowing them to get away with cold blooded murder like bjerkham did…I have very little respect for many of the slaveminded infesting that blighted, cursed judiciary.

    Let’s see how this plays out, Bannister wants removing from that bench, it is not his kingdom to be lording over his own people who still have to pay him a monthly salary, plus perks, you do not pay clowns to terrorize or destroy your lives.


  15. @ Pachamama May 9, 2018 8:27 AM

    More likely the influence of the Portuguese Jews (mainly out of Brazil) who, initially, were major slave and sugar commodity traders but who subsequently put down Bajan roots in the import and retail sectors.

    The old Jewish cemetery in Bridgetown (with some remaining cultural footprints in Speightstown formerly Little Bristol) is evidence of that commercial and cultural impact.


  16. You started Mr BushTea so I took my cudgel to beat you and @Hal but then I realized that ‘Oh My Gosh’ the entire blog on same wave length. … I am … shocked but far from surprised.

    @Caswell, how can you play games with your 7:12…that remark is the type of thing that amuses not in the funny way…. if your child, adult or minor, retorted as loudly and rudely to you as he was OUT through your front door surely you wouldnt play that BS as an excuse… so clearly you are being snide.

    That an entire group can purport to overlook Mr Pilgrim’s quite deliberate ploy to be censured and thus explode more publicly this sickly state of affairs in our courts is par for daily BU course I imagine….He wanted to prove a point that the magistrate was being played by the cops (and the COP) and he has achieved his objective.

    @Hal your diatribe was as the doc said ridiculous….totally. If a lawyer had acted with similiar contempt in a UK court would you offer such platitudes of nonsense.

    And the fact the the magistrate’s displays a similar ridiculous degree of deference to the cops with his acceptan of the excuse after the 12 pm adjournment and his even more absurdly reactionary and illegal remark about constratining free speech rights to videotape police action does NOT make Pilgrim’s action acceptable.

    Pilgrim exercised his protest rights…all good. There are valid epercussions when that happens…at days end he loses that minor battle and wins the real war…one hopes.

    He was wrong, contemptible wrong and was always willing to suffer the consequences…which as the Blogmaster said will be NADA.

    But here we have father’s and mothers, managers, leaders in their spheres who would NEVER accept a whiff of that personally or professionally acquiesing to Piilly’s Pout!

    A_effing_mazing…I gone.


    • Dribbler

      I do not have a client in this debacle. My concern is simple, if Pilgrim’s behaviour was so atrocious why did the magistrate not hold him in contempt. After reading the accounts of what transpired, I found the answer. When Pilgrim used the “f” word, the Court was not sitting, so there was no contempt of court. The room is only a court when there is a presiding officer, magistrate or judge.

      Pilgrim admitted that his behaviour was inappropriate and did the decent thing, that is admit his error and apologise. The magistrate accepted and that should have been the end of the matter. Instead, the magistrate, who is also priest, behave dishonourably and did not practice what he preaches – forgiveness! He accepted the apology and now this shows the character of the man. He should not be proud of his conduct.

      When Shepherd bared his butt at the Honourable Lady, he apologised and it was accepted and that was the end of the matter. I don’t think that she is a priest but it seems that she knows more about forgiveness than this priest.

      Sent from my iPad


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  18. de pedantic Dribbler May 9, 2018 10:10 AM

    @Hal your diatribe was as the doc said ridiculous….totally. If a lawyer had acted with similar contempt in a UK court would you offer such platitudes of nonsense.(Quote)

    As you have said, a central part of being a professional person is o behave professionally, no mater what the provocation. But once an apology has been offered, and accepted (the very features of a contract) then that should have been the end of the matter.
    But it goes beyond the sensitivity of a pompous magistrate, it comes back to the failure of our institutions (something I have talked about on numerous occasions).
    Who is the magistrate’s line manager? What is the formal procedure for making complaints against an advocate? It is doubtful the magistrate did not inform his line manager of his intention, and if he did, then his line manager has also failed.
    Any decent management coach would have told him that yes, he was in the right, but also the offender had apologise in open court and it was accepted. Let the matter die there. Forgive, but not forget.
    But, I say again, it appears to me to be petty, vindictive, spiteful and settling scores Nothing like that would have happened in an English court, and if it did it would certainly not been made public.
    It is the action of someone who I believe has a small mind in a small island. He needs to grow up.


  19. Unbelievable, the fake christian Bannister is swearing how social media is something else, because he has no clue how a copy the complaint got into the public domain, dumbass should realize if he accepted the apology and just ended the matter there, it would be done, you don’t accept an apology and then turn around and cut the throat of the person who you believe aggrieved you…….he is obviously not well liked, that should tell him something, hint, hint.

    When these yardfowls are selected to infest the court system, the ministers selecting them should be the ones paying their salaries, not the taxpayers, it is wrong on many levels, either hire judges, magistrates etc on their own merits, devoid of them being part of some yardfowl brigade or dont hire anyone at all.


  20. Ah want to see the judas magistrate winning this when it was clear that the court WAS NOT in session when Pilgrim had his outburst.


  21. Besides, none of it would happen if the judges and magistrates did not tolerate and allow such manipulation of themselves and the court process by police who do not do their jobs, by other lawyers who deliberately manipulate and lie to the judges boldfacededly and unapologetically to keep cases lingering in the system..

    If judges and magistrates would keep their word instead of saying something different each court session, the process would run smoothly.

    , I never believed they could be so unethical and vile until I saw it myself…

    one lowlife lawyer told a judge that their doctor was unavailable to present themselves to the court for a whole month, because they were out of the island, when someone called the doctor’s office, they found out it was an outright lie, that caused the case to delay for 7 more months, so when I see barbadostoday exposing judges for refusing to make timely decisions until after the claimants died, I smiled…

    and when I see lawyers now afraid that the building will kill them, I have no sympathy.

    if they would stop frustrating the court process, all those officers of the court, no one would cuss them or expose them.


  22. Always funny beyond faith, a decade later, to watch semiliterate halfwits go at it.

    Who gives a shiite who wins? It’s all the same,and it’s all semiliterate shiiite. The only thing that matters is whether a risible moron who can’t but speak in de turd person tinks [thinks?) that you should, er, BUP, an’ Satan at de albino-centric Garrison honey chile ah lie what turd persin moron what?


  23. “JUDGE: Are you trying to show contempt for this court?

    MAE WEST: I was doin’ my best to hide it.”


  24. I’ve been in court when an attorney used the f word in frustration.

    The Registrar got up and marched out.

    Lawyer told me don’t worry, she has to give me the opportunity to purge my contempt!!

    So we went to the lady’s office where she had summoned the chief marshall and another person and waited.

    I told the lawyer, don’t worry, it is 12 :00 … lunch time and they are going to be out soon.

    Sure enough the meeting ended, the lawyer purged his contempt and life went on!!


  25. @ Dribbler
    if your child, adult or minor, retorted as loudly and rudely to you as he was OUT through your front door surely you wouldnt play that BS as an excuse
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You never cease to amaze….
    Do you think that Pilly is a child? …rude shiite!! After age 16 there is no such thing as ‘rude’…
    Do you know Philly’s father?

    You are dealing here with a change-agent boss – not a lukewarm sap.
    Bushie is surprised that Pilly did not cuss him under oath….
    LOL
    ha ha ha


  26. This is pure crap and Waveney Bannister knows it, I am here patiently waiting to expose their asses for some of the rottenest things I have everseen done in any court room.. ……… and they are all busy doing all the exposing for me, I could not believe it…

    When a lawyer could boldfacedly tell a judge that the doctor was not available for a whole month, knowing that lie could delay the case for nearly a year or more..which it has, there is no way after finding out about that lie, the judge should do anything other than make a formal complaint to the Bar Association on that piece of shit lawyer, those are the things that should prompt complaints of attorney misconduct…but for some sick reason, never does.


  27. It is true that once Pilgrim apologizes to his worship,his worship being a clerk in holy orders should have been guided by his conscience,his training and his authority and forgive,knowing that his master said just don’t forgive but forgive 70 times 7.Some say Christianity is at times an inhuman religion because it expects humans to perform at practically inhuman levels of behaviour.


  28. What makes the matter even worse, the plaintiff is a badly injured senior citizen who has had to endure year after year of malicious delays of a case that should have been concluded. at least 2 years ago..

    if ever there was a case for elder abuse by the defence attorneys AND the judiciary who enable such abuse of the elderly by lawyers …which needs to be reported to the relevant international agencies that monitors elder abuse, then this is definitely one such case that should be brought to the attention of those entities..

    enough is enough, they are overdoing it at that supreme court and the magistrate’s court, they all seem to have no sense or awareness of urgency as it relates to saving each other’s life, health and wellbeing and they definitely show no signs of empathy for their own people….something that was obviously never instilled in them as children, which alone and all by itself, borders on the savage.

    Imagine waiting for someone to die so they do not live to see a decision given by a judge in their case, or never compensated for horrific injuries..

    .that is what barbadostoday accused judges at the Supreme Court of doing, which is quite accurate.

    the next question should be, why do these judges and magistrates display such cruelty to plaintiffs, what could be prompting them to refuse to give timely decisions in cases, there is no way a guy like Harris would throw that out there in his newspaper, unless he already knew the answer.

    I have noted the very deafening silence from everyone at the judiciary and in the police force since that expose.


  29. I consider myself pretty broad minded BUT I remain of the opinion that Mr Pilgrim was disrespectful to the court and he knows it. Frustrated? Yes. Annoyed? Yes. Fed up? Yes. His language still cannot be justified under any circumstances. He’s a professional and should have been able to control his language in public. The fact that Mr Alair Shepherd did far worst and was forgiven has nothing to do with it. Mr Shepherd should have been disciplined and severely.

    Should Mr Pilgrims behavior go unpunished, where will the line be drawn? Will frustrated accused persons be allowed fits of frustration too? I am sure the police get annoyed also, how much slack do we cut them? We are on a slippery slope when we start accepting Trump standards as a normal way of life.

    Be reminded that an alleged incident involving a firearm and two sitting members of Parliament appently took place without and disciplinary action forthcoming. Next time it happens will we also refer to it and say no one was punished then so why now? Will this too be the new norm?


  30. You do realize that the police are a major part of the problem….so who is disciplining them when they turn up in a magistrate’s court without a file every time a case is called for years on end and there has to be adjournments after adjournments…

    ….all of that is a symptom of the incompetence of the nonfunctional court system that has been going on for decades, which the likes of Bannister enables and condones….and obviously protects….there is nothing more disrespectful, despicable and disgraceful to the entire court process than that collusion to destroy the integrity of the court process.

    when does it end and who will be punished for such blatant disregard for and disrespect of the whole judicial process, not to mention the insult to the public who pays all their salaries.

    As it stands right now I am thanking Pilgrim for that outburst…without which I will probably be spending another year exposing the corruption in the court system…

    as it stands one of the perpetraters of the supreme court’s destruction decided to save me a lot of trouble by using the Pilgrim to do ….to shoot the first shot across the bough to let them know he is going to expose them all…who better to do it than those who have been bribing them for decades….not to mention the DPP deceased am sure left lots of dirt with his briber on them all.

    And since they all went extremely quiet, ah guess they are all waiting to see what happens next.


  31. In other words. ..you do not have a functioning court system to show respect to…let alone showing respect to the jackasses like Bannister who believes he presides over it like some lord and master….it is a joke, people are warned worldwide to stay away from Barbados’ lawyers and judiciary at all cost.

    Fix it first, then you can pretend you have something worth respecting and saving…like a real judiciary.


  32. I seem to recall a recent poll indicated the police,the judicial system and lawyers fall into a ‘suspect’ category,in other words those institutions are not well respected by most.Its a damning revelation and one which the ‘authorities’ should move to remedy without delay.Its shocking really and says a lot about opening the flood gates to all and sundry.


    • It is the Dr. Wayne Devonish survey which identified the police, judiciary, legal profession and politician where corruption is perceived to be flourishing.


  33. @Caswell, my layman knowledge suggests that your remark flies in the face of anecdotal evidence …you said : “When Pilgrim used the “f” word, the Court was not sitting, so there was no contempt of court. The room is only a court when there is a presiding officer, magistrate or judge.”

    So why then can attorneys be held in contempt for flaunting a judge/magistrate’s rules when court is in adjournment?? For example an attorney with too big a mouth thrashing an order not to discuss key issues before the media on those big publicity driven cases!

    We can agree that contempt is a very last resort as the misadventure is often resolved between the attorney and the presiding law officer before it reaches that point.

    That said this magistrate felt aggrieved and wanted to extract his professional pound of flesh with this action…the apology and Mr Pilgrim’s respect by peers and judges will certainly go a very long way to move this off the radar rather quickly one suspects….

    But let’s be fair, Pilgrim has surely extracted more than his pound of flesh with all the publicity …let the magistrate have his too.

    And BTW his status as a priest should be mainly irrelevant in key matters of his adjudication on the bench …as I expect that his status as a magistrate has no bearing 90% of the time when he is in his priestly role! He does not need to be a priest to show compassion and commonsense on the bench and definitely doesn’t need to be trained in law to exercise sound judgement with his flock!


    • Dribbler

      I see that you really don’t understand. There is more than one form of contempt. When a court makes an order and someone deliberately disobeys that order, that is contempt of court.

      By the way, that brings me to a situation where men are incarcerated for contempt when they could not possibly comply with the order of the court. When a man fails to pay maintenance (child support) he is jailed for forty-two days for contempt. In many cases, the men have no source of income but would pay if they could. To my mind contempt must be intended.


  34. Mr Blogmaster, your remark re “Was surprised to hear Smerconish on CNN call the word asshole on air this weekend” quietly sits there…and not a fella took de bait….but I just got caught 🤣

    Surprised WHY? Because he comes on weekend mornings when kids may tune in…or because he’s a decent type of guy discussing media and politics et al??

    But isn’t this ‘cable’ which has a looser standard than network TV?

    Don’t other cable channels offer the eff word on occassion…during talk/interview programs (Maher for ex)

    AND if the freaking PRESIDENT of the US can broadcast the oh so decent term “shithole countries” to millions of kids across the globe, what and why about the reporting of a CNN host is so “surprising”!

    Locally, if the damn PM can tell a nation that if you (who happens to be a lawyer) can take a person’s money and refuse to give it to them when requested that that is quite acceptable and you should yourself get a lawyer to defend yourself for being called a thief then why is it surprising that the corruption index is so unfavourable)

    Just saying!


  35. @ Fearplay
    Boss, your 6:34 pm rant is so far off base, as to be out of the ball park.
    The VERY definition of “brass bowl” is the ability to tolerate shiite – while pretending to be ‘respectful’, professional, decent and law-abiding.
    REAL people are SUPER respectful …where respect is due.
    Real people are decent ….where decency in endemic.

    BUT…..
    REAL REAL people do not tolerate shiite.
    REAL REAL people ‘lose it’ when evil takes hold of society….

    Do you think that martyrs get crucified, imprisoned, harassed, “unfaired” etc for being ‘professional’ and respectful?

    If there were more REAL people bout here like Pilly, Fingall and Gabby, then Barbados would be a COMPLETELY different place. Instead, “decency and respect” rules… and we are living in shiite; …broke as shiite; …and ‘respectful’ like little ‘yard-boys’ while baloney runs things…
    …and while foreigners command our national assets, …and while clowns occupy our parliament, and shiitehounds contaminate our halls of justice.

    Steupsss…
    Pilly should still be cussing his donkey all like now so….

    Apologise shiite!!!


  36. I must add that in all fairness, chief justices and attorneys general over the last 2 decades, one or two of them being one and the same over time, have themselves been contemptibly corrupt in never addressing the degraded and demeaned process that they themselves positioned the judiciary to become, with they too colluding and enabling their bribemasters in the total collapse of the court system.

    There is more than enough blame to go around, the latest two, CJ Gibson who has shown some efforts, but clearly not enough to bring about significant changes which would have prevented all this ongoing embarrassment to themselves, because he too was selected based on the same warped party affiliations/incestous pool.

    …and the Nitwit AG Adriel, former. .. is the most useless the judiciary has ever seen, whom the taxpayers have paid a salary to for nearly a decade for doing absolutely nothing and making no progressive changes to upgrade the decayed system, but who also left the judiciary to degrade even further to its current lowest point ever…that even their own bribemasters are now exposing them out of various pissed off motives.

    This cannot end well..


  37. @Caswell, good one above when you said: “Dribbler.I see that you really don’t understand. There is more than one form of contempt. When a court makes an order and someone deliberately disobeys that order, that is contempt of court.”

    … But way off base, my brother. In my example I spoke of THE ATTORNEY disobeying the court, NOT a plaintiff or defendant but as an officer of the court. Respecfully, you are the one muddying the understanding here!

    The example of “When a man fails to pay maintenance (child support) …[and] have no source of income but would pay if they could” is not remotely related to Pilgrim’s possible contempt issue.

    “A person showing contempt is one who views another person, entity, or situation with disdain or scorn, or who treats people with dishonor, or considers them disgraceful. Contempt of court involves an individual showing a lack of RESPECT for the court, or for the rules and procedures of the court, or who DEFIES the court’s authority.”

    “Contempt of court refers to any behavior of an individual that defies or opposes the authority or dignity of the court. Contempt of court charges may be leveled against any party to a court proceeding, their lawyers, witnesses, jurors, court officers or personnel, and even non-involved individuals, such as protesters outside a trial. Contempt charges may be civil or criminal, and the court has a great deal of LEEWAY in charging people with contempt.” (CAPS, MY emphasis).

    My UNDERSTANDING suggests there is NO interpretation that a court being in session is relevant …(for attorney contempt in this context) .

    And just as surely when an attorney acts in defiance to the judge that judge has total leeway on how to respond to a contempt citation or other action.

    But as I said above, good riposte…inaccurate… but a nice sound bite retort nonetheless! I gone.


  38. @ Dribbler
    “A person showing contempt is one who views another person, entity, or situation with disdain or scorn, or who treats people with dishonor, or considers them disgraceful. Contempt of court involves an individual showing a lack of RESPECT for the court, or for the rules and procedures of the court, or who DEFIES the court’s authority.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So what do you call it when the person showing such contempt is being HONEST, CONCERNED about the poor and powerless, …and selflessly seeking to redress shiite?

    What when the court is INDEED disdainful?
    What when justice is dead?
    What when it is CLEARLY dishonourable and disgraceful?

    Should the ‘person’ smile and pretend to be ‘decent’ and lukewarm then?

    Do you understand that REAL people wax HOT and COLD.
    ‘Lukewarm’ gets discarded as useless.

    Time to grow some testicles man …. enough of the lackie attitude…


  39. Althought this Act was upgraded and is relative to another former british colony, we will now see if the local judiciary upgraded it acts to reflect fairmess.

    “Complaint against presiding officers of subordinate courts when not contempt.—A person shall not be guilty of contempt of court in respect of any statement made by him in good faith concerning the presiding officer of any subordinate court to—
    (a) any other subordinate court, or
    (b) the High Court, to which it is subordinate. Explanation.—In this section, “subordinate court” means any court subordinate to a High Court,”


  40. That is what happens when ya dont know what ya talking bout….this particular case relates strictly to and between a presiding officer of a subordinate court, the magistrate and an officer of the court, Pilgrim.

    It has nothing to do with the garden variety, every day contempt of court and is between court officers, an alledged contempt made because of the well known corrupt, biased, unfair, unbalanced and unethical contemptuous actions of the presiding magistrate..

    Now is the time for Pilgrim and those lawyers who still have ethics and morals…small in numbers though they are, to expose all the magistrates and judges of the ilk of Bannister and begin the cleaning up of the judiciary.


  41. Wuh if their minority bribers exposing them in his online newspapers no less and even exposing the judges and magistrates who are known to not be corrupt and incompetent….to all types of recent embarrassment and ridicule…..the lawyers who actually practice ethics now have a duty to initiate changes before this gets even worse and more embarrassing to them all…it is already out of control.


  42. And since I know all of Bannister’s business…ah know he caught hell to pass the bar and get that law degree..so he and the law are not exactly in sync when it comes to translation.


  43. @de pedantic Dribbler who wrote “Contempt of court involves an individual showing a lack of RESPECT for the court”

    How about the COURT showing RESPECT for those INNOCENT BLACK BAJANS on indefinite remand waiting for a court date?


  44. When a man fails to pay maintenance (child support) he is jailed for forty-two days for contempt. In many cases, the men have no source of income but would pay if they could.
    ++++++++++++
    Is there a revolving door at Dodds? If a man can’t pay because he doesn’t have a job and serves the mandatory sentence, if he still can’t find a job when he is released and is still unable to pay does he end back at the Big house?

    That Bajan proverb about “sweeten goat mout”’ is never more apt because the sweets leads to the lock up for the “c… tax”.


  45. Mr BushTea, the word of the day for you is … “Disingenue : Definition: n. A person who, using an example from their own life, steers people away from a line of speculation by reducing it to an absurdity…
    v. To dismantle a logical argument with piles of passionate incoherence.”

    And Mr Hants yours is “Flishing: Definition: n. A person who takes a logic argument and waters it down with a completely unrelated series of facts thus reducing it to an absurdity of law and reason.
    v. To drop a logical argument into a watery wave of incompatibility” 🤣🤣

    Pilgrim’s VALID and CREDIBLE anger over the glacially slow and incoherent Bajan court process has NOTHING to do with whether he was or was not in contempt of court! A person can be RIGHT morally and popularly kas he undoubtedly is) and still be in complete breech of the law.

    @Well, well, when I read your incoherent cut and pastes I become more and more very, very thankful that my teacher father took me at an early age and ensured I could dissect and understand the written word.

    This issue with Pilgrim and the magistrate has NOTHING to do with your response …in fact it is ABSURD in this context.

    Here is a complete paste from your cut…

    “Explanation – In this section, ” subordinate court” means any court subordinate to a High court. COMMENTS (i) A complaint or report about a judicial officer of his dishonesty, partiality or other conduct unbecoming of a court, made to an authority to whom it is subordinate, is not contempt of court if all reasonable care is taken by the makers to keep it confidential; In re: GuljairLal, 1968 MPLJ 725 (MP).

    (ii) Immunity is provided to a citizen making a complaint to the High Court against a Presiding Officer of a Subordinate Court so long as the complaint is made in good faith; In re: Court on its own motion, 1973 Cr LJ 1106 (P & H).”

    The key, oh wise person, is SUBORDINATE, yes but WHEN the misconduct emanates from commentary made in or to a HIGHER court about the action of an officer in a lower (subordinate) court.

    Geez almighty father can anyone be so lacking in simple analytical awareness!

    I gone, gone, this time.


  46. Gabriel
    May 9, 2018 3:35 PM
    Graveney will defend the police because he was a policeman.

    If that’s true, we can now understand the reported rubbish comments he made about charging people who record police abuse.

    There should be cameras in the courts covering the proceedings so the public could see the amount of cases called over and over and the police can’t find or don’t have the file.


  47. Pedant…ya father wasted his time, ya know nothing about the law…stick to what ya good at…or continue to ask Jeff about all things legal..


  48. And to make it even worse, ya cut and pasted exactly what I am hoping the laws state regarding any matter of alledged contempt of court by any court officer against a presiding officer of the court, you must at least know when to stop being a hypocrite, fraud and lackey.

    now if ya were really smart, ya would know that Banniister is aiming for misconduct charges to be filed by bar association against Pilgrim, which enters a whole other realm.


  49. Again, Bannister makes his bias well known in favor of the police regardless if the police are violent to the public, commit crimes against the public, or refuse to present files in his court for years on end so the process of finding a suspect innocent or guilty is hindered and can never be proven…while the suspect remains on remand…that is called justice delayed…..which is justice denied..

    it is a well known fact that he is a hindrance to justice and denies the public any fair and balanced representation of their rights, he blatantly violates human rights using his position as a magistrate…he should not be allowed to get away with this any longer.


  50. @DPD
    I am not too bright but perhaps you should review what you wrote in J C’s column (The Law as a weapon).Your argument in that case is the direct opposite of what you are saying now; in summary you wrote that Wickham’s words were not defamatory but in this instance Pilgrim’s actions were “contemptable” (your word).


  51. @Sergeant, Mr Wickham wrote about a man who had reneged on a valid contract of advertising sale and who had refused to honour his thus valid debt. He said of him that he was somewhat less of a man (my paraphrase) than his peers.

    The man about whom he spoke had acted in a way that fully warranted that description thus I couldn’t fathom how his words were defamatory.

    The word ‘contemptible’ used re Pilgrim was made fully in context of the court room locale and its definition and interpretation therein based on the sanction of ‘contempt of court’. No more or less than that.

    Different circumstances anyhow so no reason to compare these two.


  52. I started posting about the the UNs 30 Articles of Universal and International Humans Rights which were declared in 1948, since last year, because it dawned on my due to the dumbest of clowns that can be found posting their useless nonsense on here, that bajans were not aware and those who knew of the existence of these Articles were not sharing the information with the majority population.

    The island must have humans rights attorneys, at least one or two, who must know that what Bannister does in his court room is a clear violation of human rights for which he can be reported to international agencies, stop playing games with human rights abusers like Bannister on the island and get them charged, everyone is entitled to dignity and to have their human rights observed and respected, no one should be denied the recognition of their rights..

    ..no swollen head, big ego titled black, white or brown man or woman has any right to violate any black person’s human rights period..the first one or two titled idiots that are charged under the UN Charters of Human Rights Violations ..all the other wanna be thugs in the judiciary and in parliament will be brought to heel and in line immediately…

    This should be taught in schools so this current and future generations of people on the island know their rights.


  53. And if the human rights attorneys who should be on top of the human rights abusers like Bannister but are not doing their jobs, contact human rights attorneys in the region, in North America or agencies like Amnesty International..these titled thugs in the judiciary and in the parliament can be stopped.


  54. I may be “off topic,” but, despite the fact that BU does not normally focus on consumer issues and the preference to “discuss” politics………

    ………..I believe this post is appropriate for the following complaint.

    The insurance industry in Barbados seems to be one where insurance companies are allowed to “legally” extort and scam Barbadians out of millions of dollars annually.

    My assessment is based on numerous stories I have been hearing relative to the difficulties people are experiencing in having their claims settled by insurance companies that refuse to accept liability, because of laws they seem to be “CREATING” according to the specific situation.

    On Saturday, March 2, 2018 a friend of mine was driving along Bay Street and while stationary in traffic in front Banyans service station, was “rear ended” by a Suzuki Grand Vitara, H914, driven by a tourist. Fortunately, he did not suffer any back or neck injuries……but he immediately called the police and his insurance company.

    A “motor cycle” policeman took statements from the visitor and my friend.

    Two months after the accident, my friend has been unable to have this matter resolved because the car rental agency’s insurance company is saying without a statement from the visitor, they will not repair my friend’s vehicle, irrespective of the fact a police officer was at the scene of the accident and took statements.

    Coincidently, the Suzuki Grand Vitara, H914, is owned by Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals.

    Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals’ insurance company is Sun General Insurance Co. Ltd.

    Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals and Sun General Insurance Co. Ltd. are OWNED by SUN GROUP INC., of which BERNIE WEATHERHEAD is Chairman.

    My friend’s vehicle is insured by Co-operative General Insurance Co. Ltd., and the claims agent told him under the circumstances, he may have to repair the vehicle himself.

    He asked the agent supposed he had suffered back and neck injuries or was killed as a result of the accident, if he would have to finance his medical bills or not receive compensation.

    The agent told him that was the unfortunate reality.

    What really angered my friend was the fact that his agent seemed EAGER to CLOSE the file, while telling him (discouragingly) he would have to pay an application fee of $50 for an accident report from the police, which may take a SIX MONTHS or ONE YEAR before Co-op General Ins. Co. Ltd. receives it.

    I know for a fact that when people hire vehicles, they also pay “contingency insurance” to cover “eventualities.”

    It seems as though these insurance companies CONSPIRE and hide behind the law that vehicle insurance is compulsory…….and find all types of frivolous methods to AVOID accepting and honouring liability claims.

    And Barbadians continue to accept this nonsense.


  55. Ya think it’s bad now, allow Scott Weatherhead or any of his family members of which there a quite a few, or any white in SBs group anywhere near that parliament and yall will see just how bad things can get for black people in Barbados…with other sheeple blacks more than willing to tolerate, enable and collude with abuses against their own people.


  56. @Artax

    So the car rental company and the Insurance company are owned by the same Corporate Group? Is there a living breathing Supervisor of Insurance? Isn’t the Police report enough? Didn’t the rental company get a statement from the renter when he/she returned a presumably damaged vehicle to their office?

    My condolences to your friend.


    • There is no more supervisor of insurance, it was replaced by the financial services commission.


  57. Ah think ya missing what’s going on here, I have met those with quite a few of these cases before, some people were even very badly injured with life long injuries, some died, because the police, even though taking statements from the tourists, somehow can never find those statements when the claimants need them to put in their claims….

    ….there are still people living with life altering injuries on the island today, because of that scam between police, rental agencies and insurance companies…these are the types of clear abuses that should not be allowed to and could never continue, if ya had a functioning fair and balanced police force, judiciary and governments, but ya don’t.


  58. Sargeant May 10, 2018 3:48 PM

    …..Is there a living breathing Supervisor of Insurance?…(Quote)

    We have titles but the effectiveness of office holders is so bad it is embarrassing. Our regulatory system is not fit for purpose and we are in collective denial that it is.
    The fault lies with the Barbadianisation of jobs. Of course, locals must come first, but only if they are competent and as good as the other applicants.


  59. @Artax, interesting insurance matter…but…

    1.Are you not professionally and knowledge wise very capable of being a Bajan who does NOT continue to accept this nonsense !

    2.What of the deductible…maybe that’s not part of the real problem here, but still..

    3.It’s passing strange that a rear end incident is being pushed on the person rear-ended…definitely as was said this demands a regulator’s intervention. Despite political connections a letter of complaint may still create some action.

    4.And if it was serious (“back and neck injuries or was killed as a result of the accident”) no doubt the insurance would have stepped up as the incident would be all over the media and any number of lawyers would have taken the case on contingency….so maybe a full throttle publicity/social media campaign can shake some plumbs from this tree.

    Incidentally, it would be interesting to get a feedback on claims paid by this company in last 1, 3, 5 years…the race of the claimants…and time case took to be completed. Does the Sup. Of Insurance run these metrics publicly (sans the racial demographic)?

    You have identified a major issue (raised before in other situations) so maybe you can be a catalyst for upheaval, now!


  60. @DPD
    would have taken the case on contingency
    +++++++++++
    Contingency yeah right

    Has a lawyer in Barbados ever taken a case “on contingency”? I know of a case where the lawyer’s fee was added to the settlement and the lawyer still billed the plaintiff for his fee.


  61. The FSC head Alleyne got written information relating to these insurance scams against the people who file claims, he ignored them, cannot claim to not know they exist, he was hiding from dealing with it for years…… and only jumped out when one of the perpetrators of those insurance scams Harris, used his online newspaper to expose him in an article related to Sagicor, about what the IMF had to say about lack of insurance regulation on the island and how weak the FSCis and how they do not regulate even half of the insurance companies, then and only then dis Alleyne suddenly appear in the local tabloids hooting and hollering for blue murder and claiming he is being slandered etc by barbadostoday ….lol

    it was a thing to watch..lol

    The Commissioner of Police has information on those scams..

    The Chief Justice has information on these scams and how the Supreme Court is used to abuse claimants and prolong their agony….that was sent from those who live on the island and even from those who live outside of Barbados…

    .they all have had this information in the last 5 years and am sure even from before.


  62. Thanks to all of them and the same perpetrators who are exposing them and everyone else, it is just a matter of time before things really come to a head.


  63. OK Mr Sargeant, I stand corrected.

    We doomed then it seems…no one to fight the establishment for the disadvsntaged.


  64. @David
    Thanks for the update

    Seems like Conflict of Interest regulations are also required for Corporations where cross ownership of companies exist. If an Insurance company and a car rental agency have the same Corporate ownership and the agency’s cars are insured by the Insurance company it’s “lose lose” for any claimant who suffer injury.


    • @Sargeant

      This is a known situation that exist in the industry. It is cost effective given the loss of use cover in the policies. To be fair to drive-a-matic they have been operating in the car rental and hospitality for years, the acquisition of the Clico general insurance portfolio has created a diverse business for the Wetherhead group.


  65. It depends on who owns the car rental company and what type of incestous relationships they have with the insurance companies, many insurance companies own car rentals or their family members and friends do.


  66. David May 10, 2018 4:35 PM

    There is no more supervisor of insurance, it was replaced by the financial services commission.(Quote)

    There is. The supervisor is the FSC. The institution is the supervisor, not a named individual. That is not only out of date, it is incompetent. No one individual can supervise all insurance companies.


  67. de pedantic Dribbler

    Unfortunately, my friend’s vehicle is insured “THIRD PARTY.” If it was comprehensively insured, his insurance company would have repaired the vehicle……. and then try to recover costs from Sun General.

    Additionally, because the vehicle is “third party,” Co-operative General Ins. Co. Ltd. is not obliged to repair the vehicle.

    Although the driver of the rental admitted to the police officer he was not paying attention and ran into the rear of the vehicle as a result, he left the island the following day……and Sun General is insisting they need a report from him to verify the accident actually occurred, rather than relying on the police report.

    I know a guy who owns two “wreckers” that transports damaged vehicles for 3 insurance companies. He told me that is the normal practice amongst insurance companies in Barbados.


  68. Imagine….the issue is with lawyer Pilgrim and his language…and the Magistrate finds it necessary to give details about the person being represented by said lawyer and their alleged wrongdoings? Sixteen points to state Lawyer Pilgrim cussed him?

    On the other matter most rental companies self insure or have a cross ownership. For years GEL has operated Courtesy rentals and GEL also owned insurance, now part of Sagicor General, based on GEL’s last Annual Report. Akin to the product warranty business, where a retailer offers the customer “extended warranty” usually underwritten by a retailer owned entity, many of which operate as captive insurers in Barbados.


  69. @May 9, 2018 6:56 AM “All over this Barbados there are countless [stuffed shirt] ass holes in significant positions doing shit.”

    And they are mostly male.

    Ah lie?


  70. @ Simple Simon
    And they are mostly male.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Yes. But look carefully …you will find that they also generally tend to have ‘miserable-as-donkey women’ somewhere around them – making their lives the Hell that leads to such actions.

    Ask any one of your “Ex’es”

    LOL
    Murda!!!


  71. Breaking news
    Scientists are confirming that a pair of balls was found in a highly educated Bajan male. This has brought the numbers of pairs on the island to two, with Margaret from Deacons Road owning the other pair.


  72. Artax
    May 10, 2018 2:51 PM
    “Two months after the accident, my friend has been unable to have this matter resolved because the car rental agency’s insurance company is saying without a statement from the visitor, they will not repair my friend’s vehicle, irrespective of the fact a police officer was at the scene of the accident and took statements.”

    Artax, what you outlined in your May 10, 2018 2:51 PM post seems to be standard operating procedure for the insurance companies. I know of a very similar situation with 2 different insurance companies to the ones you mentioned. Police came to the scene and took ststements but one party refuses to report the accident to his insurer and the insurer says they can’t do anything without their client reporting.

    So what is happening is when there is an accident and one party is in the wrong, they just don’t report the accident to their insurer.


  73. Nostradamus May 11, 2018 12:56 PM

    Poor regulation again. What happens if there is a hit and run? Our financial regulation is prehistoric.


  74. “Think a Mucking gain..”

    Dr ole man is well known to be a prolific cuss bird who relishes in the use of bad words.

    And why is this? Why would one delight in such unflattering language?

    There is a place and a time for all things under the sun and this act by Andrew Pilgrim WAS NOT ONE OF THEM

    Now do not get me wrong, we ole man supports constructive anarchy against the face of unabridged tyranny BUT ONE HAS TO KNOW HOW AND WHEN…

    The facts are 1. that Pilgrim is not a bajan white (bukkra) Johnnie and does not have the generically assigned authority to “skin up his botsie” at a judge and get away with it

    2.Devoid as he is of such immunity such insolence is inexcusable and was poorly thought out and executed

    3.The fight which he and the few others with balls should be fighting needs to be fought when Prime Minister Mottley is in Bay Street

    Then us when he and others get the opportunity to clean up the morass that the Barbados judiciary has been from time immemorial

    4.which brings the ole man back to my opening sentence of “think a Mucking gain which EVEN IF HE HAD SAID IT AT X DECIBELS OF INTENSITY would have rendered Waveney’s sanctimonious attempts to get at Pilgrim null and void

    Just goes to show wunna dat as brilliant some of we pretends to be we is really fu*king idjits at the end of the day


    • @Bush Tea, it’s not about Simple Simon Ex’es, normally these belligerent angry old goats have had many promises of a trip to a church on a Saturday evening broken, thus they anger towards men. Take a look at all the black women who have issues toward their black men, and you will notice it’s not necessarily the men, but the stupid ass choices these women made in selecting a mate..Now they are all angry and bitter as RH.


  75. @ The Honourable Blogmaster

    Your assistance please with another entry in suspense


  76. @ pieceuhderockyeahright,

    MIA and the BLP promise ” Developing a comprehensive 10- year road rehabilitation and road building action plan which will incorporate laying the utilities underground.”

    So maybe they will promise to develop a comprehensive 10- year plan for the Barbados judiciary.


  77. @Northern. what do you mean by “self insure”? As you suggest, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a conglomerate insuring one of its companies under the umbrella of another of its owned entities…the problem is one of obeying the law, of course!

    Generally, based on @Artax’s remarks it seems to me that local insurers are tacitly pressing policy holders towards comprehensive insurance. But brazenly it also seems that they are being aided and abetted in that ploy by lawyers (who according to bloggers are unwilling to take them on now when they refuse to settle legitimate matters) and the FSC/Sup of Insur (who are not enforcing the insurance standards).

    Because if the driver was comprehensively insured then No Problem. Car would have been fixed and the insurance companies would have resolved the expenses between themselves.

    Anyhow, glad to know bout this…I never encountered a problem in the past with the two fender benders I had so would never have expected this state of affairs….clearly one needs to take lots of pictures and witness names (if any) and pay any owners of video cams in the area of incident for all footage of the event… then wage protracted war with the insurance company.


  78. @DIW
    term refers to rental firms, whether cars or tractors or whatever, getting into the insurance business for the specific purpose of insuring property they own and rent/lease. John Q Public cannot contact them for a quote for personal/business insurance. Back in the day, when I worked for a major multinational, and it had thousands of ‘company vehicles’, an insurance arm was created solely to insure these company owned/leased vehicles.


  79. People need to understand the real issue that is being fought over in this matter

    More specifically to focus on dis so called magistrate’s idiotic comments about locking up citizens for filming policemen

    All uh wunna getting side tracked as to the real reason that Graveney Bannister is out to “get Andrew Pilgrim”

    Wunna would be best advised to ask a few policemens bout de relationship between one of the eight police officers who beat up Nazzim Brathwaite of The Pine/Wildey Close

    More specifically the same Nazzim who they had intended to kill and who Andrew Pilgrim defended

    And the outcome for some of those officers that the Current Commissioner of Police swore that he was going to get to the bottom of that matter about 2 years ago

    All wunna pretend Christians who does curate at de Church and pretend wunna worshipping the Lord pun a Sunday and den riding roughshod over lawyers cause dem exposing wunna dishonest policemans family FEEL DAT GOD IS A MAN and wunna can do as you like well…a new day is coming


  80. @Whitehill, then several men must have great anger towards me. I broke three engagements. One wanted me to stay home and be a housewife, the other was a beater and the third, if I married him I would have had to kowtow to his sister. Then there are those who knew I was not interested in marriage but proposed I have a child for them…..one black, two white. Thing is, if you don’t love a man, how can you sleep with and carry his child for nine months? Men just don’t understand us women.

    By the way, I took the beater to court, had him charged with common assault, he was found guilty and deported back from whence he came. We were both in university at the time and there was lots of animosity towards me for jeopardizing his education but I did not give a rats behind.


    • @bajans or whomever, I don’t need to know this much personal shit about you…Now fuck off and kiss my ass . I know what I know.


    • @TheoGazerts, I hadn’t intended getting into some silly little pissing match with you or any other jack ass out there, nevertheless, what I’ve observed is that you billy goats love to silence men by referring to them as Bullers/Bullahs or bulling. You blithering idiots got here in Barbados and allowed the prime minister and his gang to bulled you without Vaseline so therefore you would know a bullah…ass hole. In recent times every RH woman can open her mouth and dump shit on men, for us to defend ourselves, speak up on our behalf; some RH idiot is bandying the term misogyny. When women can say all men are fucking dogs at a drop of a hat…Didn’t you read where I said to go kiss my ass or are you stupid?


  81. Either a bullah or misogynist or both…
    Wuhloss
    Boy you know how to make friends
    Yuh killing ma


  82. @The Honourable Blogmaster

    Dr ole man submitted an item on this Pilgrim matter which is in suspense and would appreciate if you would retrieve it Thanks


  83. A word of advice
    Forget it.
    It’s going to be a beautiful day
    Wishing ALL Bajans a great day


  84. Can’t blame the CCJ or the accused murderer for that, the blame lies with the sentencing judge who did not follow established guidelines for sentencing, and ignored those guidelines to sentence based on emotions, the appeals court made the same stupid error in not reversing the sentence before it reached the CCJ.

    Once again, the supreme court is being exposed for incompetence, they have once again been warned to follow precedents, that is why they exist and are called precedents.

    Don’t know what it’s going to take for those at the supreme court to do their jobs competently and strip themselves of their personal opinions while doing so.


  85. Piece…hence the reason I said that the lawyers who still have ethics, morals and who still fight for justice and for the supreme court, subordinate courts and judiciary to function as they should….though small in numbers, all have a sworn duty to not only expose magistrates and judges with the mindset of the tyrant Graveney…. (as barbadostoday is doing, can you imagine that, did ya ever think ya would see that in our lifetime lol)……but to start cleaning up the judiciary now given the opportunity by the not too bright Bannister who has had a really long run violating the rights of accuseds by denying them their day in court….in his collusion with the police who never have a file to present for cases to move things along.


  86. @Whitehill, seems I stepped on your corns…..all of them. hahahahaha! How many women dumped you? Were you left at the altar too? By the way, don’t reply. You seem to be near a heart attack or stroke. hahahaha!


  87. @Whitehill, except for those babies who were born of C-sections, all men had to pass through a woman’s vagina. Think about it. It therefore gives us the RIGHT to say what we want to, AND, about men. We brought all of you into this here world that you men persist in screwing up. Tek dat.


  88. Omar Lawreston Hall, 30, of 2nd Avenue Chapman Lane, St Michael, had been charged with robbing Andrea Headley of a $1 500 chain belonging to Leandra Headley on March 9, 2010. He was also accused of robbing Latoya Best of two gold chains worth $1 950, a $2 000 wedding band and a $2 000 gold pendant a month later on April 9. Two weeks later, he was charged with robbing Carol-Ann Roett of a $650 chain and 12 rings worth $4 690 on April 24.
    He was not required to plead to the indictable charges, and over the eight-year period had three separate lawyers represent him.
    On June 24, 2010, he was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, and intent to supply and traffic in the illegal drug. He pleaded not guilty and was granted $15 000 bail two days later.
    He was placed on a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew from Monday to Thursday, ordered to stay indoors from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, to report to Central Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and banned from all Crop Over events.
    When he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick last Wednesday, Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim reminded the court that day had been marked as the date for final adjournment of the matter.
    He said the prosecution was to decide whether it was going forward with the robbery cases or not, although they had been dismissed on a previous occasion.
    When prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim could not produce the file, the magistrate dismissed the case, saying 2010 to 2018 was a long time(Quote)

    Another example of a system not fit for purpose. How are our political parties to sort this out?

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