The Earl Victor story: Barbados jails man four years with no charges and no bail

“At each court appearance, the Chief prosecutor Leacock and his deputies will threaten this indigent young man with a life sentence for refusing to plead guilty for a crime he did not commit.”

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s Hidden Secret on Human Rights Abuse Exposed!

Published by BFP as received from Nora

With foreign investments in Barbados disappearing at an alarming rate due to a justice system’s slow to dispense justice. One must ask if the Government of Barbados intentionally hoodwink the US State Department during 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights DEMOCRACY, and LABOR Report release May 24, 2012 into believing all was well with its citizens on this tiny Caribbean nation.

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2011/wha/186489.htm

Barbadians who are too black, too poor or unknown family name are not being accorded equal and fair justice in a timely manner. Current Barbadian constitution provides a persons charged with criminal offenses be given a fair public hearing without unnecessary delay by an independent, impartial court or a speedy trial by jury.

As the constitution prohibits arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, the government has mislead the US State department into believing it generally respected these rights in practice, when in fact there are between 100 and 200 persons in pretrial detention at various times during the year. While the length of pretrial detention may vary from one case to another; there are confirmed reports of extended periods of pretrial detention and human rights abuse committed by Attorney General Adriel Dermont Braithwaite and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock and Police Commission Darwin Dottin.

In the case of Earl Victor, a young man with a poor family just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time during a robbery is being held by Barbadian corrupt police department since May of 2008 without bail and has yet to be charged with a crime. At each court appearance, the Chief prosecutor Leacock and his deputies will threaten this indigent young man with a life sentence for refusing to plead guilty for a crime he did not commit.

It is very important to note, criminal defendants do have the right to consult with an attorney in a timely manner; the government has failed to provide free legal aid to Mr. Victor for his defense. In addition, although the constitution mandates defendant be allowed to confront and question witnesses and present evidence on his own behalf, in addition access to government-held evidence relevant to their case, and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty with the right to appeal his detention, the government of Barbados and it’s corrupt and racist court systems have ignored Mr. Victor’s rights.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chief Justice Marston Gibson have deliberately ignored this on-going serious human rights abuse, triggered by blatant criminal case fabrication against underprivileged citizens by corrupt officials within the Barbados Police Force.

The above is also published at Topix.com

Barbados Free Press previously published news about Earl Victor: Barbados fraud and murder suspects in US news

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52 responses to “The Earl Victor story: Barbados jails man four years with no charges and no bail

  1. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 UP TODAY A ND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,

    Barbados Free Press must not look one side only to issues of some and call these lawless men Attorney General Adriel Dermont Braithwaite and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock and Police Commission Darwin Dottin.. This on line papers at time seem to do the same thing but yet call one side as racist as the BFP also need to look at Beatirce Henry and Violet Beckels truth about the deeds and the Massive Fraud at the land registry and Town and Country.There are bigger crooks out side of the jails than in the jails , Just because person are not locked up dont mean all is well ,

  2. Annette Baker

    BFP, I am not sure who wrote this article but the writer should spell check his / her words before posting the comments. The word “manor” I believe should should have been “manner”.

    You have begun by casting blame on the Prime Minister, then you roped in the CJ, the AG, the DPP and the COP.

    You said the accused was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Is that really so?

    Did the chap apply for legal aid? I doubt it very much and why? There is a certain lawyer who, in his early years in practice scorned on placing his name on the Legal Aid list but persons came to the realisation that he was in the habit of taking their money, going to Court and remaining silent or saying very little on the behalf of the accused. Due to persons becoming disgusted with his wicked ways, he has lost more business and had since signed on to Legal Aid. I am sure that he would have represented the accused to whom you are referring in this article.

    There is a saying: “When we experience problems or disappointments, we always look for someone to blame”. How about starting with the accused?

  3. BFP

    @ Annette Baker

    Hi Annette,

    We’ll change that manor to manner. Thanks.

    Yes, everyone has an agenda and that includes the anonymous author ‘Nora’, but regardless we hope to encourage some talk about this. four years is a long time with no charges and no bail. Either they have the evidence and a case or they don’t. If they just intend to hold him forever without charges, why bother with the court? Get rid of the courts and give the power to the police to arrest, convict and sentence. No problem, right? ;-)

  4. robert ross

    There is a good deal of froth here and not too much fact so it is difficult, if not impossible, to make a judgement about any of it.

    One thing though – IF this person was at the scene of a robbery and it is being said that he aided and abetted it, he would not qualify for legal aid under the Community Legal Services Act. In any event, it would not be the “government” which would refuse him assistance. The ‘qualifying’ crimes are all listed in the Schedule to the Act.

  5. BFP

    Hi Robert Ross,

    I concur it’s pretty scattergun, but I keep coming back to the central issue: no charges, no bail for four years.

    How long until it’s too long to hold someone without charges in Barbados?

    2 years? 7 years? 12 years?

    Robert

  6. Jay

    This young man was driving a Taxi and the robbers used him as their get-a-way vehicle. Although the crooks who committed the crime were allowed to leave Barbados after paying off the crooked cops, they have since died in Jamaica. Why is the government continued to hold an innocent man who had nothing to do with the crime is beyond comprehension.

  7. robert ross

    @ Robert

    Yes I agree and, as you know, I’ve expressed my views on this.

    BUT in this case the man has been brought before the court and so must have been charged with an offence. Of course, it may be that he is unfit to plead I suppose. But your correspondent seems very muddled about this and so I think we should all be very careful. It simply does not hang together.

  8. Nan

    Why should any one plead guilty for a crime they did not commit? I guess in the corrupt and unlawful world of Charles Leacock you either admit to being guilty or stay lock-up forever in a Bajan hell hole!

  9. 217

    Robert:

    Nothing here is muddled as you stated. Regardless if Earl Victor did the crime or not he is entitled to due process of law by means of a fair public hearing without unnecessary delay by an independent, impartial court or a speedy trial by jury.

    You can spin this story as you may want to, but the facts are the facts, denial of due process of law by a corrupt prosecutor who thinks he is god.

    Please pass on this fair warning to Charles Leacock, Freundel Stuarts, Darwin Dottin and Adriel Dermont Braithwaite they must charge Earl Victor with crime or free him and others unlawfully detained in your island hell hole or face with major tourist boycotts from the US Canada and the UK.

  10. 16

    How Corrupt Bajan Cops duped American Customs and Boarder Patrol Agents:

    A man wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder in his home country of Barbados was detained by American authorities as he attempted to enter the United States at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials reported.

    Earl Victor, 34, a citizen of Barbados, presented an Ontario driver’s license and claimed his passport was at his St. Catharine’s home. He was referred to secondary inspection.

    There, authorities learned Victor was the subject of an Interpol lookout issued July of 2006 which was fabricated by corrupt Barbadian cops indicating he was wanted for questioning in a July 2006 murder in Barbados.

    Authorities in the Caribbean nation also duped American officials into believing that Victor has several criminal convictions there, including assault, and may be involved in drug smuggling which was a complete lie to US law enforcment officials by the Barbadian cops.

    They further advised that Victor was wanted in Barbados on a warrant for robbery, which was fabricated by the dirty and racist cops. He previously was held in their custody but fled to Canada to escape the corrupt justice system in Barbados.

    We will request for the Department of Home land security, US Customs and Border Enforcement to conduct and an objective investigation in the deceptive conduct of officials from Royal Barbados Police Force and to charge them criminally pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 makes it a crime for any one to intentionally lie and provide false information to federal government agents during an investigation.

  11. robert ross

    You what?

  12. St George's Dragon

    This may be a carelessly written post but it comes over a conspiracy theory with no foundation. There is no evidence given for the core statement that this is set up by corrupt police.
    I can believe that the justice system in Barbados is slow and has not got around to dealing with this case but why would the big-ups listed here want to lie and keep him in jail?
    Also, what is this “has yet to be charged with a crime”? He must be otherwise he would not be in jail.
    Muddled reasoning and presentation. Get a grip.

  13. Barbados...the new third world country

    Main point here is has he been charged with a crime, or detained on suspicion…if no charge, just remand, then Barbados justice is worse that third world

    A simple check with the relevant authorities/court records would answer this quickly

  14. BFP

    @ Robert Ross

    It is possible that he has not been charged with an offence, and that the police and prosecutor keep asking for more time to gather evidence, but for four years?

    Time for a trial and time for the authorities to state clearly that charges have been laid.

    We don’t believe they have, our headline says that is the way it is, and we expect the regular media to clarify the situation. We couldn’t find the answer online and would be happy if we could. Nothing at the Nation that we’ve seen in the archives.

    After all, we have 2 million visitors a year here, and if our headline is inaccurate we expect our readers would show us.

    thanks for raising the point!

  15. robert ross

    @ BFP

    Well, we now have 16′s blog and so have moved on from Nora’s ‘simple’ account. You know – until people ‘come clean’ with the facts it is virtually impossible to give a meaningful opinion and it is far too easy to go off half cock. Attorneys face this all the time, as I said recently on another post and the result – inevitably – is delay.

    Yes – here there might be something to fight about for all I know. The wittering about racism, poverty and corruption all over the place really doesn’t help. Moreover, I simply do not believe that this family has not consulted a lawyer – but if they haven’t, there are two firms close to the SCt Building both of which specialise in Criminal Law and, of course, many others.

  16. robert ross

    @ BFP

    I see my latest comment is awaiting moderation. I guess it is because I have used the word ‘c…k’ in the expression ‘go off half-c…k’ which is really very funny.

  17. 102

    The facts are clear, Dottin and Leacock lied to US authorities on Mr. Earl Victor. They knew very well Mr. Victor had no prior arrest and conviction in Barbados until the fabricated charges mount against him by a few corrupt Bajan cops who at the time demanded bribe money from his Taxi and Minibus business.

  18. robert ross

    @ Anon

    Sorry…the facts are not at all clear. With each new post there is a different story. Perhaps someone will give a clear, coherent account of it all. Most of it is wild assertion and garbled rapportage.

  19. Nora

    What is it you don’t understand? Earl Victor was set up by a bunch of crooked cops. There are no wild assertion, US law enforcment officials were duped by Leacock , Dottin and their Goons.

  20. 106

    Mine is the authoritative version…the other guy diddit.

  21. Simple Simon

    A man wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder in his home country of Barbados was detained by American authorities

    (WHY DID THE AMERICAN AUTHORITIES DETAIN HIM?) as he attempted to enter the United States at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials reported.

    Earl Victor, 34, a citizen of Barbados, presented an Ontario driver’s license (WHOSE ONTARIO DRIVER’s LICENSE?) and claimed his passport was at his St. Catharine’s home (WAS IT?) He was referred to secondary inspection. (WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE SECONDARY INSPECTION?)

  22. 46

    The lying Bajan cops duped the Americans into arresting him on a false interpol warrant and then deporting him back to Barbados.

  23. Simple Simon

    @Published by BFP as received from Nora “One must ask if the Government of Barbados intentionally hoodwink the US State Department during 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights DEMOCRACY, and LABOR Report release May 24, 2012″

    Are you suggesting that U.S. State Department officials are stupid and easily hoodwinked?

    You are aware aren’t you that the officials who write the reports are living in Barbados at the time the report is being written? You are are aren’t you that the U.S. State Department hires only the brightest and the best? People not easily deceived.

  24. Simple Simon

    @Published by BFP as received from Nora “In the case of Earl Victor, a young man with a poor family just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time during a robbery”

    Everybody who is arrested claims “It ain’t me, ya got de wrong fella”

    Dear BFP: Maybe your anonymous Nora is the wife or girlfriend of Earl Victor and hopes to get him out of jail free?

  25. 34

    Simple Simon, your ignorance and small island mentality does not even warrant a coherent response. How can one person be posting comments from all over the world on Topix blog about the miscarriage of justice against this young man?

  26. 107

    Thanks to the Barbados Free Press (BFP) for doing such a great job in exposing corruption by a crooked government responsible for human rights abuse and stealing land from its citizens. As a Bajan living abroad, it is refreshing to read and happy to see some one possesses the enthusiasm to exposed the so-called Barbados elite. Ignore fools like Simple Simon; they will try anything to keep the truth and their abusive and corrupt behavior hidden.

  27. Simple Simon

    Simple Simon is neither abusive nor corrupt.

    Simply Simon simply asks simple questions, and expects simple, truthful, coherent answers.

    Dats too hard fa wunna so???

  28. Simple Simon

    Very likely the young man is a drug trafficker, a liar and a murderer.

    Very likely he is as guilty as hell.

    His friends can ;ie and agitate as much as they like, but we Bajans will not give liars, drug traffickers, nor murderers a free pass.

    We will try him, and if he is guilty, we will lock his sorry rass’ up for a nice long, long time.

    And afterwards you can invite him to come live with you in the U.S. or Canada or where ever.

    Or he can stay here.

    We do not exile our own.

  29. Mr.Jay46@yahoo.com

    With this type of mindset, Simple Simon and others like him who think they have a right to detain an accused without bail or a speed trial for 4 years, a requirement mandated by Barbados constitution, validates what the BFP has been reporting all along about the corrupt and dysfunctional justice systems on this 144 square mile rock.

    One thing for sure, Amnesty International and other human rights groups in the US, Canada, and the European Union do not concur with Mr. Simple Simon’s dictatorship mentality.

    If you think Earl Victor stands alone, then you Mr. Simon and all your corrupt associates responsible for his current unlawful incarceration without due process of law, have under estimated the intelligent and capabilities of your chosen enemies!!

  30. Simple Simon

    I’ve entered the U..S many, many, many times. But I’ve NEVER tried to enter the U.S. using an Ontario driver’s license that was not my own..
    I’ve never committed murder.
    I’ve never bought or sold drugs.
    I’ve never used drugs.
    NEVER.

  31. Simple Simon

    Can you Earl Victor defenders say the same?

  32. Simple Simon

    We Bajans will not give liars, drug traffickers, nor murderers a free pass.
    NEVER.

  33. 229

    @ simple Simon….so in your small mind the guy is a drug dealer, a murderer as well as a robber….with all the evidence you must have to be so convinced surely he would have been tried and sentenced so now

    The guy has been held for four years without any charges or a trial …that is wrong

  34. Rmayer003@yahoo.com

    Simple Simon said “we don’t exile our own” but did not mention we jail them on false charges and keep them lock up to Ad infinitum.
    You statements are so over the top with innuendos response to any of your future postings on this issue must be ignored.

    By the way Mr. Professor of ignorance Media Access Control (MAC) address is a number that identifies the network adaptor(s) installed on your computer or wireless device used to access the internet.

    Just stay tuned.

  35. Jackie

    One thing for sure, we don’t make our money by peddeling child porn on the internet or steal helpless citizen’s land. You guys should not waste your precious time to engaged this Simple Simon into any conversation. This person has prove how uninformed he is… lets just wait for the next time he presented his passport at a US port of entry.

  36. Nora

    Just got word from one of Earl Victor’s relatives in New York. His mother went down to the court house today and learn the fabricated Robbery Charge against Earl was dismissed on March 2012.
    They claim to be holding him on a murder charge which took place when Earl was not even in Barbados. His Passport will show he was either in England or Canada during the time the murder was committed.
    So what does that tell any one about Charles Leacock?

  37. Simple Simon

    @Jackie September 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm… “lets just wait for the next time he presented his passport at a US port of entry.”

    And I’ll be refused, and I’ll cry and grovel, and beg to be let in…or I’ll be arrested…for what?

    Speaking my mind?

    Stupseee!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Simple Simon

    @Nora September 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm “Just got word from one of Earl Victor’s relatives in New York. His mother went down to the court house today and learn the fabricated Robbery Charge against Earl was dismissed on March 2012.”

    If the charge was dismissed 6 months ago and his mother has only now bothered to bestir herself to find our what is going on, what else doesn’t she (or you) know?

  39. Simple Simon

    @ Rmayer003@yahoo.com September 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm “we jail them on false charges and keep them lock up to Ad infinitum.”

    Guess which country has the highest rat of “lock them up” in the world?
    Especially if the “them” are young black men?

    Jokers!!!

  40. Simple Simon

    @Nora “They claim to be holding him on a murder charge which took place when Earl was not even in Barbados. His Passport will show he was either in England or Canada during the time the murder was committed.”

    Is this the same Earl who tried to enter the U.S on an Ontario driver’s license not his own?

    And he was either in England or Canada. Do you know that those places are 4,000 miles apart. If you do not know whether he was here, there or 4,000 miles away, what else don’t you know?

  41. Simple Simon

    @Nora “So what does that tell any one about Charles Leacock?”

    Don’t know what it tells about Mr. Leacock, but it does me me that Nora is incapable of rational thought

  42. Simple Simon

    I’ve entered the U..S many, many, many times. But I’ve NEVER tried to enter the U.S. using an Ontario driver’s license that was not my own..
    I’ve never committed murder.
    I’ve never bought or sold drugs.
    I’ve never used drugs.
    NEVER.
    Can you Earl Victor supporters say the same?

  43. Posh

    Earl Victor was charged. How can you expect they have remanded him? Check the court records. You people will believe anything written on the internet it seems.

  44. Posh

    Btw, this NORA person calling on a USA authority to investigate RBPF? I suggest you see to your own glass house. Guantanamo bay and your subversive CIA destroying governments the world over since whenever, before you send your silly FBI to investigate the RBPF.

    Talk about not being held with charges, who in GITMO has been charged? They havent even been allowed lawyers before like 10 years of being there. Off with you.

  45. 87

    A Chinese general and military strategist once said the following:
    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”.

    Simple Simon and others like him are too ignorant to understand the Important rule in the art of war which is:
    “Never underestimate the intelligence and capability of your chosen enemy”

  46. Posh

    Rhetorical nonsense

  47. BFP

    Hi Posh,

    What was he charged with, please? What was the first court date?

    What reasons are now given to the court for the long delay and continued incarceration?

  48. 207

    Mr. Posh is afraid to answer, since he is part of the corrupt process.

  49. Eva

    As a relative of Earl Victor living abroad in Huston Texas I wish to thank the Barbados Free Press (BFP) for it’s professional and objective reporting on the Earl Victor Story.

    Since BFP reporting the abuse of authority by Charles Leacock and others at the Royal Barbados Police Force weeks ago, all charges have now been dropped against Mr. Victor.

    One week ago Saturday, Mr. Victor’s mother Myra received a call from a high ranking official at Dodd prisons notifying her all charges have been drop against her son. The official told Mrs. Victor, they were just waiting for a court date so Earl can appear before a magistrate to sign his release order.

    What seem so strange about this on-going miscarriage of justice of this your man and his family, is that a crooked lawyer know as Maryellen Gordon of passage road has been attempting to shake down Mr. Victor and his mother for money.

    Mr. Gordon went to Dodds prison, and told Earl Victor, “Now Mr. Leacock has dropped the charges against; you must pay us $5000.00 if you want to go home alive”. For the record, Mrs. Victor and her family never hire Mr. Gordon as an attorney. Why is this unscrupulous lawyer trying to extort money from a poor family on behalf of Charles Leacock when their son was detained for 4 years without due process of law?

    We will appreciate the BFP look into this story.

    Thank you very much for all your help.

  50. zigga

    they should free my father

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