Crime Jump

A truce between warring gangs was brokered by former gang boss Winston ‘Iston’ Branch earlier in the year, to the embarrassment of the country. He accomplished what officialdom and a citizenry living in fear could not. According to BU Murder Counter 11 murders have been committed at month seven of 12. Barbados is on track to have its lowest number of murders in recent years. A good news story?

Unfortunately as we are breathing a sigh of relief at a declining murder rate, there has been an alarming increase in other criminal activity. In recent hours and days there has been two cutlass wielding attacks, one of them taking place on Broad Street at 11AM. The other next to a primary school which thankfully students are on summer break. It is interesting that in both cases the police reported shooting the victims to prevent escalation. A sign of things to come no doubt.

For many years the blogmaster joined with others to warn we had become negligent looking after our small country. We looked the other way instead of proactively implementing measures to quell deviance showing in the country – see BU Artcles. One glaring example is how we have allowed the minibus/Zr sub culture to toxify mainstream culture. As you move around Barbados it is not uncommon to observe and detect- in the light of day – the sale and smell of drugs. An obvious indication the lack of respect for law and order by a section of the population.

Last week teenagers were captured on video scuffling with the police who were summoned to shutdown a Crop Over party targeting teens. One does not have to do too much forward thinking to anticipate what a tomorrow Barbados is shaping up to be. If tomorrow’s generation is finding it hard to exercise the best judgement and quick to resort to violent ways to resolve matters, what does it portend for our country that was known not too long ago for its political and social stability? We have not reached the levels of crime in Jamaica and Trinidad but we are well on our way.

The fact recent incidents occurred smack dab on the Crop Over calendar has implications for the economic performance. It is obvious lawmakers and the police are like the proverbial deer caught in headlights. A couple weeks ago there was an organized assault by hundreds of lawless individuals that breached the security fence of a popular crop over fete. Since the incident occurred it has been reported event organizers have struggled to secure the required public liability insurance to stage public events and in some cases have had to cancel or postpone.

Unfortunately the proclamation by a beleaguered Attorney General Dale Marshall that the increasing level of criminal activity …”is not something that we either will not tolerate or want to tolerate”, will hold no resonance with Barbadians. And what about the citizenry, why have we remained silent and not assisted with winning back our society from those happy to engage in criminal behaviour? To the mothers and fathers who have been delinquent in our parental responsibilities. To corporate Barbados who have not been as generous to commit resources to assist with programs to ensure the environment is the best to do business…

It is obvious the government cannot do it alone. It is obvious successive governments have demonstrated general incompetence and leadership at implementing fit for purpose policies. It is obvious the spirit of volunteerism that was a key plank of our culture in bygone years has been replaced by selfishness.

Can anyone remind the Blog who is the President of the National Parent Teachers Association?

Where do we go from here?

We have several battles civil society will have to develop plans.

  • Improve enforcement plans, we must become more aggressive
  • Social programs to message the youth at primary and secondary
  • Support to address parental delinquency
  • Hold public officials accountable to address distrust, apathy and cynicism
  • Create sensitization programs targeting citizens – it must be made to clear, we are ALL guardians of our fate

Deus adiuvet nos!

47 thoughts on “Crime Jump

  1. David, I’m not attempting to make a comparison, but, reading this thread reminded me SVG has recorded 12 murders, so far, for July 2023, 7 of which were committed this week. On Tuesday, two men were killed in separate incidents, while 5 males, including a 13 year minor, were shot and killed in Kingstown last night (Wednesday), during an incident that has been described as a ‘mass shooting.’

    • @Artax

      Is the number of murders 12 or 17. There definitely is a trend upward regarding murders and violent crime in the region. What does it tell us?

  2. David, based on the information I’ve seen, 5 murders were committed between July 1st and 9th, with 7 occurring this week. SVG police indicated that among the 5 killed last night, were individuals who survived previous attempts to kill them. Reports on social media suggest the gun men are St. Lucians. The problem is, social media gives everyone ‘a voice,’ as it provides a platform for them to talk shiite, which gullible clowns accept and share as truth, without verifying the authenticity of the comments and credibility of its source. But, you are correct, there is definitely ‘an upward trend relative to murders and other violent crimes in the region.’

    • It should beg the question Artax given the threat of continuing crime and violence to upend the stability of regional shouldn’t regional governments see an urgent need to strengthen collaboration on this matter? Are we seeing enough from the HOGs?

  3. Yes, David, I agree regional government should, as a priority, embark on a more detailed collaborative effort to combat crime in the region, including sharing of certain intelligence, while not compromising each territory’s national security. I believe this could be achieved by expanding the role of the RSS. No, ‘we are not seeing enough from HOGs. For example, SVG’s Deputy PM Daniel responded to last night’s ‘mass shooting,’ by holding an emergency meeting, during which they discussed formulating solutions to reduce ‘the space in which criminal groups operate,’ and police and boarder should be ‘on high alert.’ Simple ‘knee jerk’ reactions, especially if one considers that SVG CoP John said less than 100 persons are involved in these reprisals, the majority of whom are linked to a drug deal ‘gone bad’ nine years ago, in 2014.

    • Agree with you Artax. When CLICO collapsed there was talk about regional cooperation to combat catastrophic risk and should the blogmaster add corruption? Do not forget white collar crime is part of the problem, much needed resources are leaked therefore legitimate individuals and organizations are robbed. We must do more at every level, really!

  4. Of course, David, you should definitely add corruption. Unfortunately, however, there is one aspect of corruption that may be difficult to control. Let me give you an example. Cecil Connor, alias Charles ‘Little Nut’ Miller, was a Kittitian ‘drug lord’ who allegedly financed SKN Labour Party’s 1995 election campaign. He was also alleged to have killed several of his rivals in the drug trade, a deputy PM’s son and his girl-friend, the then OIC of SKN police drug squad, and jury tampering. Cases were thrown out due to lack of evidence. Miller was wanted in the USA for conspiracy to smuggle 1/2 ton of cocaine into the US through Miami, in 1995. Requests by the US for Miller’s extradition were rejected by SKN magistrates, some due to the lack of evidence. Obviously, he enjoyed the protection of a corrupt political system, until he eventually ‘threw in the towel’ some time during 2000.

    • Fair enough Artax. You are correct many corrupt officers seem to be protected by the system. There is no reason why the FIU should not be charging more people spending ill gotten gains. That is another matter.

  5. David, is FIU a reference to the Financial Intelligence Unit? If so, then, the FIU is more administrative in function than prosecutorial. The Unit is simply an intermediary between financial institutions and law enforcement agencies. For example, the Unit would analyse certain financial information from a bank, and submit the disclosures to BPS Financial Crimes Investigation Unit.

    • @Artax

      Fair enough, you mean that unit has been unable “to analyse certain financial information from a bank, and submit the disclosures to BPS Financial Crimes Investigation Unit” that is compelling enough to support charges? The blogmaster has been unable to discover a major charge in recent years triggered by that unit.

  6. David, the FIU is primarily with issues relating to proliferation financing, which is essentially providing financial services or financing for the purchase, manufacture, transporting or stockpiling chemical, biological or nuclear weapons; money laundering and financing acts of terrorism. Financial institutions would usually submit reports of suspicous financial transctions to the FIU for analysis. In my previous contribution I was reluctant to mention that we should bear in mind, not every case is publicised. In October 2021, the Central Bank held an interesting discussion on ‘Financial Fraud in Barbados.’ It’s available on YouTube. Heads of FIU, FSC and the police FCIU were among the panelists.

  7. I saw a picture of what happened in St. Vincent with four dead bodies on the ground, bloody and awful, not nice.

    Going around on whatsapp.

    • Top cop sees jewellery link

      Criminals have set their sights on the precious metal gold and that has contributed to an increase in robbery statistics.
      Commissioner of Police Richard Boyce disclosed gold was the number one target of robbers who are melting it down and transporting the product overseas.
      This is because the rising price of gold globally comes in at US$2 000 per ounce, he said.
      Updating the country on the most recent crime statistics during a press conference held at Police Headquarters, Roebuck Street in The City yesterday, Boyce explained that these robberies and thefts also led to a spike in the overall major crime statistics.
      Noting that lawmen have been able to get a handle on murder statistics with a comparative analysis of the same period last year showing a drop from 17 to 12 cases, Boyce blamed the “craving for gold” for the increased cases of robberies, aggravated burglaries and thefts.
      He disclosed that robberies jumped from 63 last year for the same period, to 88 cases. This represents an increase of 25 cases. Last year, there were 34 cases of aggravated burglary, but that number has gone up by four this year. There were 36 cases of theft from people compared to 28 last year while commercial burglaries went from 65 to 85 cases. However, burglaries have fallen from 319 cases to 269 cases.
      Boyce said: “When February and March stepped in, we noticed something of major concern and what we noticed was that persons had a great appetite for gold. As a spin off from that, we found that persons were robbing others and taking the gold and jewellery away from them.
      “This continued at a fast clip and we asked ourselves why was this happening? We realised that the price of gold was high, at least US$2 000 per ounce. Persons saw gold and jewellery as a means of getting quick money and so these robberies continued for a while,” he added.
      However, he was quick to point out that these perpetrators were not unloading their ill-gotten gain at cash-for-gold establishments, stressing that the checks and balances put in place for that sector more than a decade ago were still holding.
      “We do our checks at those places, but what happens now is that persons are not trading in gold for cash at these establishments, they are instead going to various jewellers and having the gold melted and go from there,” Boyce said.
      A check with one cash-for-gold establishment revealed that there has been no recent uptick in people trying to sell precious metals at those places.
      No increase
      Owner of Pawn Brokers International, Lauren Cummins said: “We have not had any increase in
      people trying to pawn precious metals recently. The measures in place are quite stringent and the stipulations by law don’t allow us to give cash for gold. We only issue cheques which lead to more checks.”
      The top cop told the media briefing that several mitigation measures were tried, but even though they yielded some success, they had not addressed the issue as thoroughly as they would have liked. He explained that because the gold goes through a transformation that alters its appearance, recovering property was an uphill task.
      “As a response, we increased our manpower in certain locations where these things were happening and having what we call a directive type of policing. This is done by following where the crimes are occurring and making the necessary interventions where the culprits are concerned.
      “We have had some measure of success but for us, it is not as good as we would have liked. Persons were taking this gold, having it melted and shipped out of the island. So in terms of recovery of this property, it became very problematic because we were not able to hold on to the gold before it left the country,” he said.
      The Commissioner revealed that the Barbados Police Service also increased their seizures of guns and ammunition. This year, 41 guns were seized, one more than last year. More significantly, 733 rounds of ammunition were recovered, 201 more than in the same period last year. (CLM)

    • Cell phone probe, Rowe case ongoing
      The investigations into the discovery of a cell phone duct taped under the desk in the interview room of a police station, as well as the leaked witness statement of the virtual complainant in the sexual assault case against Member of Parliament Neil Rowe, are both at an advanced stage.
      This was disclosed yesterday by Commissioner of Police Richard Boyce, who said that in the case of the cell phone, the police were still trying to “see” people who were currently “not available.”
      As it relates to the leaked witness statement, Boyce explained they were still awaiting the findings of the digital forensic team that was brought in to deal with the matter.
      Advanced stage
      “Both investigations are still engaging our attention. The case with the cell phone is at an advanced stage and the reason why it has not been completed is because there are some persons that we have to see that are not available for certain reasons.
      “So these are people that work with us but are not in our reach. Those persons are crucial to our investigations, so it is well and truly at an advanced stage,” Boyce said.
      He added: “In the other matter, we are still awaiting help from another jurisdiction. As mentioned to us from the outset, this is going to be very time consuming because we are dealing with certain levels of technology. Technology is very slippery, you just can’t put your hands on it and it works, it sometimes take years.”
      However, the Commissioner said he had full confidence in the team put together to conduct the investigations.
      “The investigations are in very good hands because we are talking about trained, trusted and integritydriven officers. I am confident that they will leave no stone unturned in bringing these cases to a close, whether it is positive or negative for us,” he stressed. (CLM)

      Source: Nation

    • They believe they are invincible and untouchable based entirely on the litlle dog whistles in the shape of colonial titles and diplomatic passports they carry..thanks to voters…. they will see that borrow does not mean own.

  8. People worry when body counts rise or become regular, but the bigger issue is prevention of Caribbean becoming like South America with syndicate cartels.

  9. “Technology is very slippery, you just can’t put your hands on it and it works, it sometimes take years.”

    This is conditioning people to accept a low/non performance; this is telling folks not to expect a quick response; setting the bar at the lowest level.

    Do you know they will not clear the bar. A few years will pass and all will forget, except the victims.

    • Donna

      Those situations are not as simple as they may appear.

      But, depending on the circumstances and in the interest of their own safety and that of the public, police would’ve used as much force as was reasonably necessary to incapacitate the suspects.

    • @Donna

      It called to attention when AG Marshall proclaimed lawless persons will not be allowed to disrupt crop over. He spoke with an unsupported certainty given how we got here. The blogmaster hopes we are not entering the realm of ‘extrajudicial’ behaviours.

  10. Before The Panthers
    In order to understand how an organisation like the Black Panther Party could come into existence, it is important to understand the history of oppression and the struggle for freedom endured by Africans and their descendants in America.
    The first Africans were brought as slaves to European Colonies in North America, South America and the Caribbean.

  11. David, are you implying there is a correlation between AG Marshall’s warnings and police shooting the two robbery suspects?

    • @Artax

      The blogmaster is saying it is very usual to hear about local police having shot two knife wielding individuals in a 48 hour period and at the same time AG Marshall making promises the most optimistic will admit successive governments have been challenged to keep.

    • A cry for help from men in crisis

      Once we get over the jokiness of the situation, we might be able to realise the seriousness of it. The screams of “I want my mudda”, coming out of the mouth of an alleged robber should be more than fuel for the Internet meme machine.
      It indicates more than a moment of panic as the tables turned on an alleged victimiser. The screams of “I want my mudda”, heard around the world via social media, have greater significance. They come from deep. These screams from the throat of one individual can be taken to represent the cry for help from a segment of a society whose problems have long been ignored or at least gone unaddressed.
      From as far back as I can remember, I was hearing that men are in crisis. You don’t hear the phrase as much now, though. Maybe, like the shootings, we’ve grown accustomed. It ceases to be major news. What was considered a men’s crisis may just be the norm now. No longer worthy of major attention. One time a shooting death would send shock waves across the nation. Now it is just another day in the islands.
      Many of the shooters today are the children of men who were in crisis then.
      About 20 years ago, I wrote a song. It was never released. The chorus goes, “If men in crisis, women in crisis. Don’t understand then we pay the prices.
      Things get worse and the problem rises, the wider the gender divide is.” At that time the issue of men in crisis was framed by some as a gender war. Some women saw it as an attempt to distract and detract from efforts to empower women. And, in some instances, this was true. Some men saw the liberation of women as an attack on men. And, in some cases, it was.
      Negative effects of feminism
      Women did need and still do need special attention.
      The feminist movement rose up in the West to address this issue. After a while non-white feminists realised that the version of feminism which rose in the West did not serve them in the same way in which it served white women. However, I am not sure that the negative
      effects of this feminism on black males has been fully realised. There have been attempts at creating less colonial versions of feminism but these are largely academic movements with little impact on wider society.
      The already precariously perched and delicate family structures among the descendants of enslaved Africans do not seem to have been improved with the women’s liberation movement. It might have helped to increase the instability. What began as a movement to free women from the oppression of men may have also put them on a collision course with their sons. A volatile love/hate relationship between overworked, under-appreciated mothers and their babied yet emotionally neglected sons is far too common.
      Too complex
      This is not to let fathers off the hook or to place all the blame and responsibility on women. The situation is too complex for that. However, the absent father is a common topic of discussion. What is less often discussed is the present but under pressure mother. We know that the traditional role of father as provider, particularly among economically vulnerable men, was destabilised in the liberation of women. What is less talked about is whether the role of the mother as nurturer was destabilised as well, leaving children, particularly boys, to become young men, physically mature but emotionally undernourished. They are mourning and bawling for their mothers on the inside but acting out their pain in other ways.
      Adrian Green is a communications specialist. Email:

      Source: Nation

    • Ways to combat suicidal thoughts
      By Ronald Pope

      The increase in suicides within the last few weeks has left the nation in shock.
      The unexpected nature of such definitive actions has caused individuals, families and the wider Barbadian society to take a harder and more indepth look at mental health and wellness. We as a nation must become more aware of each other’s well-being as we strive to be our brother’s keeper. Only with this understanding can we collaborate and coordinate closer relationships that lessen and even prevent these tragic events from taking place.
      Suicidal thoughts, feelings and actions are primarily protective responses to underlying trauma, pain, hurt and the lack of love or perceived lack of love/belongingness.
      Therefore, a comprehensive analysis of how to assist these individuals who are suffering is a must. Moreover, individuals, families and the wider community can help persons with suicidal ideologies to manage and ultimately cope with these negative thoughts more effectively.
      The efforts listed below are comprehensive yet integrated approaches, as no single method can make an impact on an issue with the complexities of suicide.
      These are six key components to assist someone who may have suicidal ideologies:
      Treatment coordination critical
      First, address any underlying mental health issues such as mood disorders, attention and executive functioning disorders, substance abuse, PTSD/trauma related disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders or investigate, imbalances in cortisol levels.
      Psychiatry is a critical part of any multi-disciplinary approach, the management of any underlying mental health illness cannot be underscored as sometimes this is the first line of contact. Therefore, treatment coordination is critical to the overall well-being of the individual.
      Second, build coping and problemsolving skills such as maintaining a positive focus, teach resilience which helps individuals to overcome hardships and feelings of being overwhelmed. Teach stress management techniques, such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation.
      Improve distress tolerance
      to manage emotions and overwhelming feelings.
      Increase self-regulation skills. Build a sense of self efficacy and perceived control, while providing opportunities to strengthen adaptive skills and selfregulatory capacities.
      Third, enhance the individual’s selfesteem and self-acceptance such as positive thinking where the person shares small victories or high points.
      They can use the positive emotion jars (A jar filled with positive affirmations) to reflect whenever they are having a stressful day. Another popular strategy used is something called, Thought Flipping where persons or families can turn negative statements, for example, “I am ugly” or “Today is going to be a bad day” into positive statements that build self-esteem.
      Fourth, improve relationships and communication skills, this is a critical strategy that families and members of society can implement by improving better family communication, increase openness and improve emotional regulation. In addition, improving positive support while teaching individuals to accurately convey their own thoughts/ feelings with trusted family/peers.
      Fifth, and exceptionally important is address previous traumatic experiences such as bullying, rape, sexual harassment, racism, physical/ emotional abuse, community violence, self-harm, or previous attempts to commit suicide and, LGBTQ discrimination. Use of evidence-based programmes for treating trauma such as a counselling approach of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT) or the more popular, group and family therapies.
      Sixth, and all important is developing a sense of belonging with these individuals. Research has revealed that a sense of belonging does not predict suicide, but in spite of that, it is directly linked to risk factors such as depression and hopelessness.
      Nonetheless, it is crucial to reduce bullying/ alienation, reduce felt burdensomeness (the belief/ feeling that one is a burden on others or society), improve family relationships and having prompt access to a trusted professional whom to talk with can make a huge impact in the lives of these individuals.
      Ronald Pope is president of The Barbados Society of Psychology.

      Source: Nation

  12. Since we know better, found out both men are supposedly outpatients of the psychiatric hospitsl, easily manipulated, and always zoned out on psychotropic drugs….can anyone say….SET UP to make FAKE NEWS…

    Not unlike the two little fools, supposedly paid to stage a robbery on a ZR….until one got scared and cried for mummy…now we got a potential road march…..SET UP to make FAKE NEWS…

    Desperate and corrupt, do desperate things…

  13. David, do you mean ‘usual’ or ‘unusual?’ The BPS has a ‘Use of Force’ policy. I believe the AG’s comments and police shootings were coincidental…. and not ‘deliberately arranged.’

    • @Artax

      Your thoughts on COP Boyce’s crime report that reported crime is down by 1%? Up to last night there were messages circulating about 2 robberies? We are entering a very dark period. What separated our society from others was a predictable stability. It seems to be disappearing given how society is changing.

  14. As a result of an attempted robbery of a ‘ZR’ driver, PSV operators are asking the police to ‘give them tips on how to deal with security issues.’ That ‘government’ and the AG need to do more to combat crime rather than give ‘lip service.’ Although I agree with comments, it’s their reaction now ‘the shoe is on the other foot.’ These guys break the law every day, believing that ‘trying to earn a dollar’ is justifcation to do so. Over loading, speeding, driving recklessly or driving while drinking alcoholic beverages or under the influence of any illegal controlled substance, clearly demonstrates a blatant disregard of passenger safety and that of people using the roads. ‘Dragging’ impedes the free flow of traffic. The PSV operators must also work with the police to end the lawlessness.

    • @Artax

      Until civil society come to the realization we have to collaborate and cooperate, we will get nowhere. How many citizens knowingly withhold information from the authorities and have an expectation for the BPS to solve crimes.

    • Here is a thought- the exploits of a Zr driver who decided to throw caution to the wind has captured local, regional and international attention. The driver, Fatman he is called has achieved celebrity fame. It will be interesting to observe if his newly found notoriety is leveraged to persuade actors in the PSV vector to clean up their act.

  15. Interstingly, David, some people condone and encourage the nonsense perpetrated by PSV operators. I was in Oistins an afternoon when I saw a lady and her elderly attempt to board a ZR. The lady politely asked the driver if he could please lower the music because her mother was not feeling well and had just left the doctor. Her request was met with a cussing from the conductor and passengers, who also suggested she should buy a car.

    • @Artax

      You must have seen the video of a returning national in a yellow bus glamorizing the shenanigans of the driver? Tourists onboard were encouraged to get in on the act. The zr/minibus subculture epitomizes the problem. There is acceptance by a large segment the public. Same with crime.

  16. David, seems as though ‘Fatman’ staged the robbery perhaps in an effort to “capture local, regional and international attention.” One of the two attemted robbery suspects is reported to be in police custody. I understand the two guys were wanted for questioning in connection with crimes they were also probably ‘set up’ to commit.

    • How long is too long? The slow investigative work of the police is symptomatic of a bigger problem. We wonder why the public has lacks trust in the police, a key element in maintaining justice in the country.

  17. How long is too long? The slow investigative work of the police is symptomatic of a bigger problem.”

    @ David

    Bear in mind, investigations are not concluded as quickly as you may see on TV series such as ‘Law & Order, CSI, Vera, Chicago PD, Ruth Rendell’s Mysteries, or Endeavour.’

    Detectives have to gather evidence and wait on results of forensic tests, conduct investigations, which may involve ‘following several leads,’ some of which may prove to be ‘dead ends.’
    Questioning witnesses and suspects (some of whom may be difficult to locate), and investigating their alibis.

    The process can be more complicated than what we assume.

    • @Artax

      Unfortunately given prior cases there will always be public distrust in the BPS investigating itself.

  18. “Unfortunately given prior cases there will always be public distrust in the BPS investigating itself.”

    @ David

    Are you referring to the Police Complaints Authority investigating allegations of police misconduct, brutality etc?

    If so, then I share your concerns about ‘police investigating police.’
    I know of cases involving complaints against police officers that resulted in a few of them either being dismissed from the service or incarcerated.

    However, there were cases where others were cleared of allegations against them, because, for example, the investigators found the suspected officers did not violate standard police protocols or their actions were not in violation of the use of force policy.

    Complaints of beating or using unauthorised methods on suspects to solicit confessions; forcibly entering premises without search warrants, immediately comes to mind.

    • Attorney ready to take cops to court

      SIX MONTHS AFTER reporting an alleged breach of constitutional rights by a senior officer, and receiving no response, the matter will be going the route of civil prosecution.
      Attorney Martie Garnes said that the Commissioner of the Barbados Police Service has 28 days to update him on any investigations into the allegation that on February 23, 2023, his clients were denied access to their lawyer by a senior officer while in custody at the Oistins Police station.
      “In respect of this matter I don’t expect a response and I don’t think that the police is going to take this matter seriously. I will say this for the record that I will put this matter in court for them. If that is the only way that they are going to treat matters of this nature seriously, then let’s go to court, let the Barbadian public hear the type of nonsense that happens while persons are in custody.”
      “I will give them one opportunity and if they don’t respond with substance then we move on to the court and let the process play out there. It makes no sense that you continue sending letters and they just acknowledge their receipt and don’t action them,” Garnes said.
      Garnes, who works at Pilgrim and Associates, disclosed that he has again written to the Commissioner Richard Boyce on July 24, informing him of the pending action.
      “I am again encouraging you to provide a detailed response by August 28, 2023 but should you fail to do so, I will have no choice but to commence legal proceedings without further notice,” the correspondence stated.
      Garnes’ matter is one of several for which the Barbados Bar Association is demanding answers. The conclusion of the investigation into a cell phone taped under a desk in the interview room of a police station, is also being anxiously awaited. Several attempts by the
      DAILY NATION to contact Boyce for a response to Garnes’ claim were unsuccessful.
      The attorney lamented that such breaches can have serious implications for the legal system and even possibly compromise the safety of advocates.
      “The length of time that has passed for these investigations are unacceptable. There needs to be more urgency with these types of matters because the public wants to know, we want to know and more importantly clients need to know that their rights are protected,” Garnes said.
      He continued: “When we go into a police station and persons tell us things in confidence, should we hear those things repeated by persons in the public, this then becomes a serious problem for the lawyer. It tarnishes the lawyer’s reputations and then presents a safety issue for that attorney. So this is not a case of us trying to attack the police but these are issues that need to be addressed and done so immediately.”

      Source: Nation

  19. I understand Garnes’ concerns and taking legal action against the CoP in the course of representing his client. However, I also believe the Bar Association should demonstrate a similar amount of enthusiasm in dealing with complaints invovling lawyers who defraud their clients.

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