Raul Garcia vs. Bajan national Earl Victor

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Fabricated murder charge dropped, but Earl Victor still held for five years

by Nora

It was the Barbados Free Press (BFP) who blew the lid on the Director of Public Prosecution Charles Leacock corruption racket. It was the BFP who exposed the Earl Victor story last year, and I thank you for your objective reporting. (BFP editor’s note: We covered Victor’s earlier arrest crossing the US Canadian border too!)

If Raul Garcia must be made whole, what about Bajan national Earl Victor who Charles Leacock has been holding in custody for almost five years without a trial and without due process of law?

“The fabricated murder charge has been dropped against Earl Victor, but Leacock and Magistrate Randall Worrell would not release the man on bail unless his poor mother comes up with $75,000 cash and land and property.”

One would think after serving 5 years at Dodds Prison without trial, with the only current charge of procession of stolen property against Mr. Victor would be home with his family. The penalty for handling stolen property in Barbados should not be an indefinite sentence. Mr. Victor’s mother is poor and and can’t afford this kind of money Leacock and Magistrate Worrell are demanding for Earl’s release from custody.

Nora

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20 responses to “Raul Garcia vs. Bajan national Earl Victor

  1. yatinkiteasy

    Let`s see David Commissong tackle this one…come on David, lets see if it is for principle or money!

  2. robert ross

    Yatin….you are a little unkind I think.

    Who, if anyone, is the man’s lawyer? V would not be legally aided.
    .
    But I’m sure that everyone agrees that for a man to be held for four plus years without trial is a disgrace irrespective of the issue of bail.

    On bail, we would have to know the Judge’s stated reasons for setting a relatively high figure. But the assessment of bail figure clearly cannot be automatically linked to the evident ability to pay.

    Randall Worrell is a High Court Judge, not a magistrate – so the likelihood is that it reached that level from the magistrate’s court where bail was refused and was brought there on appeal by a lawyer

    I don’t think the analogy with Garcia is particularly helpful – unless we want to say merely ‘here is another case of injustice’. The issues are very different.

  3. The Oracle

    Randall Worrell is a wuss who has a problem deciding which hand to wipe his ass with far less making a decision. Check his backlog of cases, he is one of the major offenders in not giving a decision, a looooong time, if ever.

  4. 45govt

    It seems clear that there are more criminals within the Barbados (in)justice system than face it.
    How is it that these criminals can do as they like?

  5. Not rocket science

    the judiciary led by the DPP and others has simply destroyed a couple of lives through incompetency, some deluded form of abusive right to power ,
    or they don’t just give a s–t.

    What happened to the concept of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

    its a fairly universal concept.

    if someone has served their time or you don’t have enough evidence, let them go.

  6. Benteo

    I have just discovered that in America if you’re viewed by law-enforcement as a threat to public- safety. You can be denied your Miranda- Rights, or your right to bail.

  7. just want to know

    Yes I say let David Comissiong show his mettle here. This is a Barbadian held in jail while his case has been dismissed, come on David do something for this family.

  8. Malcom

    Do any know what the maximum penalty is for Handling Stolen Property in Barbados?

  9. robert ross

    @ Malcom

    Offhand I think it’s 14 years under section 19 of the Theft Act 1992. 14 years is certainly the maximum under the Theft Act in the UK on which our Theft Act is based….but it boils down to ‘a lot of years’ and is hardly likely to be less than 14.

  10. Sam

    No one ever said that the criminal justice-system in Barbados is without its faults and failings; we know this to be a reality in our given day and time. Now who haven’t heard stories of innocent people being locked behind bars throughout the world? It’s no biggie. It happens on the regular these days. There is even an (Innocent-Project) that works tirelessly to free innocent people throughout the America. So if we keep our fingers crossed in the Earl Victor case; I am hoping to see this man freed by year’s end, perhaps sooner.

  11. Dave

    Just like the fabricated murder charges against Mr. Victor, how do we know the current charge of handling stolen property is true? Let’s remember Barbados Royal Police and Charles Leacock lied to US immigration that Earl Victor was wanted in Barbados for murder and drug trafficking. We now know those allegations were false. Lawenforcment in Barbados intentionally lied to US and Canadian authorities resulting in Earl Victor’s deportation from the US. Who is going to hold Dottin and Leacock accountable for destroying this young man’s young man’s life?

  12. Earl Victor, Milton Gordon, Trevor Taylor and a number of others are currently in prison awaiting trial for up to (yes) 10 years with no light at the end of the tunnel. We (Barbados) need an agency which can monitor these situations if we do not want to be labelled as human rights violators…and the D.P.P “REALLY NEED TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER” and stop violating people’s constitutional rights to a fair trial within an adequate period of time. (Section 13 Constitution of Barbados).

  13. robert ross

    joegriffith

    You got that right for sure.

  14. Virtuoso

    IRS in the USA got a Court Order, a John Doe summons against FCIB Barbados for 129 Americans who are being investigating for tax evasion and suspected money laundering.

    PAY ATTENTION

  15. Brett Penny

    pay attention to what?

  16. Sam

    @ Joegriffith25
    This is the Caribbean Joe; I thought I reminded you. And where have
    you heard of any such agency in the Caribbean? You must have forgotten that the governments of the Caribbean operate under a different set of political-ideals.

  17. There is actually a criminal appeals review commission in the Caribbean. Since we have copied the British system legally, why not copy some of its more advantageous bureaucracy?

  18. Sam

    @ Joe Griffith
    “There is actually a criminal appeals committee in the Caribbean…” That’s great Joe. But how does it address the immediate concerns of the poor and underprivileged in Barbados? Who as we have seen quite recently; happens to be the direct recipients of this unspeakable miscarriage of justice in Barbados?

  19. Joe Griffith (@winarke)

    Every journey starts with the first step. History has shown us time and time again that the pen is mightier than the sword and that pacifist activism can change the world as we know it. (Ghandi, King et al) Barbadians keep forgetting that WE employ the government and not the other way around; if something needs to be done a couple strong influential voices who are determined and persistent can make that change.

  20. Paul

    I hear you Joe. But this concept has yet to sink into the collective consciousness of the Caribbean people. When will Caribbean people understand that they can achieve much through collective-purpose? Haven’t they give any notice to the way in which collective-purpose produced social- justice in America.

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