Daily Archives: September 24, 2007

New Blog Alleges: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – Ordered Police Thuggery Over His Tenant’s Unpaid Rent – Night Raid, Woman Strip Searched Over Unpaid Rent!

Chief Justice, Attorney General & Prime Minister Involved In Cover-Up

Barbados Police Raid On Sleeping Family Deliberately Scheduled For Maximum Terror Impact On Mother & Child

Woman Strip Searched And Body Cavity Searched By Royal Barbados Police Force Thugs – OVER UNPAID RENT!

When the Nazi Gestapo or the Communist Stasi came for their victims, it was never in the day. It would be in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep. When the children were in their beds. When the women and men had little or no clothing on.

Even if they knew where you lived, where you worked or if they saw you at dinner time – they would come in the middle of the night.

They knew how to terrorize. They were experts and it showed.

In Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the tradition carries on with thugs arriving in the wee hours to yell and smash in doors while the children scream.

Welcome To Zimbabwe West – Police & Government Thugs In Our Own Barbados

If you are a woman with a 6 year old son, in financial difficulty because your husband has left both of you without support – you had better not fall behind on your rent if your landlord is a rich and powerful Barbados government official.

It won’t be enough to move out from the rented premises. It won’t be enough to give him all your jewelery. The government official will have the police acting like hired collection agents – trying to extort more money, threatening, blocking your driveway, visiting your son’s school.

The police will also have a little “chat” with your new lover – causing him to run for the hills and take back the auto he loaned you.

Powerful government officials act as they want in Barbados because they know they can.

Woman Dragged From Home In The Middle Of The Night – Stripped Naked – Vaginal Search By Police Thugs

Trumped Up Search Warrant To Provide A Veneer Of Legality – Like Everything The Government Does

According to the Justice B Mine blog, a few days before last Christmas, Ronja Juman (sometimes spelled Ronya – appears both ways in court docs) and her 6 year old child were sleeping at her mother’s home because she had no place else to go – when carloads of Barbados police officers came for her in the middle of the night. She was dragged from her terrorized child to the police station. Stripped naked. Body-searched in the most intimate of places. “Interviewed” but no charges laid that night. Released in the dark. Frightened to death.

All over unpaid rent to her landlord, the government official.

If she had sold her body on the streets or stolen or done something to get the money for the government official, the criminal charges wouldn’t have been laid. She could have paid the police who came as collection agents for government official Charles Leacock.

But she couldn’t come up with the money so criminal charges of THEFT were laid later. Later, of course, to allow her to beg, borrow or steal the money that she owes her landlord, the government official.

Oh YES… Ronja Juman and all Barbadians had bloody well better get the message that you should pay your debts to government officials. Or else.

Meet The Director Of Public Prosecutions For The Country Of Barbados

Charles Leacock, Director of Public Prosecutions for Barbados, is arguably one of the most powerful men in the country. On his say-so, charges are dropped or laid. On his say-so criminal incidents can be settled out of court between parties – OR on his say-so, prosecutions are ferociously pursued and the same accused will have to face charges that could result in years spent in prison.

Charles Leacock is a man with authority over lives. He is a man who very much has authority over police officers and their cases and investigations.

He is a man to be feared: especially by a destitute, abandoned mother and a 6 year old child sleeping in their beds a few days before Christmas.

New Blog Details Abuse Of Power By Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police, Chief Justice

Ronja Juman is the woman who was taken from her son in the middle of the night by Royal Barbados Police Force thugs upon orders from Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock. She is currently facing a criminal charge of theft – completing the travesty of so-called justice in Barbados.

Someone has placed her story on a WordPress blog called Justice B Mine, along with copies of available court documents. She wasn’t given a copy of the search warrant that was used to terrorize her family, so that does not appear at the blog.

Court Records Modified By Judge To Better Portray Public Prosecutor Leacock!

Trial Went On Without Accused’s Lawyer Present

Director Of Public Prosecutions Acted Officially During The Trial Where He Was A Witness!

Chief Justice David Simmons Interfered With Ongoing Court Case!

Upon reading Ronja Juman’s story, I am so outraged that this is what has become of my country – even though we have known for some years that this is where we were heading. My fellow citizens, we have finally arrived at the doorstep of that dark place that is a nation without justice, without rules, without freedoms.

There is now no hyperbole is saying “Welcome to Zimbabwe West”

Copied from the WordPress blog Justice B Mine…

For readability, certain headings have been created by Barbados Free Press. For the same reason, BFP divided several of the larger paragraphs. Readers are urged to visit Justice B Mine blog to read the original and the see the court documents displayed there.

Barbados Free Press editors have also highlighted some sections in red – where the Chief Justice, Attorney General and Prime Minister became involved – and also other sections that we believe are of great interest…

Barbados DPP Uses Barbados Police Force To Carry Out Corrupt Agendas on Woman!!!!!

September 22nd, 2007 at 8:40 pm (Barbados) (Tagged: Barbados, barbados politics, free press)

Below you will find a copy of the official statement of a victim targeted by the DPP and transcripts of testimony given by Director of Public Prosecutions.

Copies of this statement and the blank warrants and statement of the sales persons who sold the young lady her jewellery under legal circumstances on behalf of Columbian Emeralds were delivered to the Chief Justice, Attorney General and Deputy prime minister’s office and to date no one has done anything to help her. I am a close friend of hers and find it distateful that we live in a island where we allow politicians to brazenly target and victimise women for the simple reason that they have no one to stand up for them. I am calling on all the protest and lets bring Leacock’s reign to a end.

Have you ever heard of rent being a criminal matter? Its supposed to be a civil matter. You may further contact me on justice@devils.com should you require to see additional prood such as blank warrant etc.

HER OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF EVENTS:

On 17th August, 2005 I rented a apartment at #5 Betcliff, Maxwell Park Dr. Christ Church from Betcliff Property Holdings Inc. I have had an ongoing battle in the Supreme Courts for sometime now with my husband Charles Juman who has continuously defaulted in paying maintenance ordered by the court for myself and my son. As a result of this combined with loosing my job as Administrative Assistant to the CEO of H. Jason Jones, I found myself in dire straights after having a history of always paying my rent consistently for many months and found my rent in arrears. Mr. Charles Leacock and his wife Elisabeth Leacock who were the sole owners and directors of the company and to whom I paid rent were contacted by me for a meeting. I at this time showed Mr. Leacock my complete court file regarding these matters to explain the reason to my default on the rent. He at this time contributed advice to me in a legal way to assist me, which I followed.

However, this did not result in any positive changes as my husband still refused to honor the orders of the court and no judges seemed to felt incarceration a suitable response despite my attorney and my own personal pleadings to the court. Mr. Leacock at this time started sending me letters saying I would be evicted by Marshalls and such to which I out of sheer desperation sought an audience with the chief justice Sir David Simmons.

During this meeting, he (ed: Chief Justice Sir David Simmons) informed me he was disturbed and concerned at the way my court matters were handled. The fact that despite my husband started a new family with someone else which comprised of the woman’s 2 previous children and a new baby with my husband and he was not only furnishing and financially supporting them all but to an extent where he was able to purchase a $100.000.00 vehicle for the same woman’s comfort mean whilst he had made absolutely no payments whatsoever to my minor child Nicholas Juman as ordered by the court which was the direct reason I was facing my housing predicaments with the Leacocks.

Subsequently to this meeting Mr. Leacock called me in a much more civil and understanding tone and at that time said he was only concerned as he did not get any feed back from me since he had provided me with advice was the reason he threatened to have Marshalls of the court physically evict me to my lawyer at that time Mr. Marvin Patterson and myself. I explained to him not only had I followed his advise but that I also went to the Chief Justice with a hope a effect some sort of change in the depressing cycle I was in.

I at this time offered Mr. Leacock 1 diamond and sapphire bracelet and 1 diamond and sapphire ring both purchased previously from Columbian Emeralds and valued collectively over BDS$6,000.00. Mr. Charles Leacock accepted these pieces from me as collateral until I received the monies owed to me through my maintenance orders. I was told that I would still have to move however because the pieces I gave him served to only secure the amounts owed to date and that he did not want to incur any further and that should my maintenance orders take too long to come to a completion for me to have access to funds he would go ahead and keep the jewelry to dispose of at his desire to which I agreed and moved subsequently.

After two or three months of moving I got a court date again regarding my matters and was hopeful of some positive solutions to alleviate my dire situation. Unfortunately as the court’s records will indicate a series of sick certificates were served on the court on my husband’s behalf and court was rescheduled. Upon leaving the judges chambers, I was sitting in the company of my attorney Mrs. Alicia Hill and my husband’s then attorney Theron Mendes when an unknown man approached and asked to have a word with me. My attorney asked me if I knew him and I told her no but still went to hear what he wanted.

He identified himself as a police station sergeant and said that Mr. Leacock has been hounding him to come after me regarding some outstanding rents I owe him. I at this time informed the officer about the jewelry and agreement me and Mr. Leacock had come to as well as told him what was the disappointing result of the sick certificates being served. He himself at this time informed me that he knows its not a police matter and that he did not want me to get frightened because its all a civil matter and he understands my plight. He requested however that I call Mr. Leacock in his presence so that he would know that the station sergeant did speak to me. I called Mr. Leacock on my cell phone in front of the officer and he yelled and threatened me saying he is the Director of Public Prosecutions and if I do not find the money I owe him the same day he can and will have me arrested and no one can stop him. I Reminded Mr. Leacock of our previous agreement and the jewels he was holding for me, told him what happened in court the day also, and explained to him I would not be able to find it. He shouted well then you will be locked up and hung up on me.

The station sergeant wished me good luck with my court case and left. I went back to my attorney and told her that the man was in fact an officer sent by Mr. Leacock to find out about the monies owed to him. Approximately 2 weeks or so later I heard a knock on my door and when I opened it I was surprised to see the same officer again. He asked me how I was doing and I told him pretty much the same because since that day another sick certificate was served on the court. To my surprise about 2 weeks later again the same officer pulled up at the gate and blocked me in the garage from leaving he at this time told me he wanted me to come down to his office for a meeting regarding the money owed by me to Mr. Leacock. After he left, I telephoned my attorney and informed her of his request and she told me it was a civil matter and the police had no right to be carrying out the functions of messenger for the Director. I requested that she find out from the officer what the nature of the meeting would be about and she said she would try to and that the decision to go or not to go would be mine to make ultimately. I decided not to go as I know nothing had changed in my situation and after Mr. Leacock threatening me on the phone when we last spoke I felt afraid.

Shortly after this, I met a Dr. Christopher Atherley whom befriended me and garnered my trust as someone mature and spiritual who was in my corner and supporting me in what I was experiencing with my court matters. He offered me advice and comfort when I felt despair etc. During this time, he also explained to me how he had desires of his own to earn some additional income outside of his current position as The Director of Music for The Royal Barbados Police Force Band. We had plans that would mutually benefit us both. Dr. Atherley took out a vehicle for me to be able to move around better and I was to assist him in purchasing good overseas, which we were going to sell and split the profits. I went to New York and I purchased and shipped the goods to him in his name through the church as I understood he would not have to pay any duty on it that way.

Whilst in New York he was the one driving my vehicle to do school runs with my son Nicholas Juman and he told me a police officer named Sgt. Paul Vaughan approached him and asked him for me at my son’s school. The same officer apparently claimed I was a very dishonest person who the police were looking for. Subsequently to him leaving the school he told me he was called by a police officer named Mr. Cumberbatch and was again told he was in danger of me putting him into trouble and that I was this horrible character of deceit whom would rob him and get him into trouble.

When Dr. Atherley told me these things I offended and offered him to take him to my attorney upon my return so that he can see my court file him self and hear from my attorney the truth of the matter. He at this time told me he did not require this because he believed in me and what we were trying to accomplish and that I was not to worry because he was in my corner 100%. I finished the trip as planned and returned home to Barbados on Wednesday 13th December and was received at the airport by Dr. Atherley as planned. Everything seemed to be in order and again I asked him if he was sure, he did not want me to take him to my lawyer so that he can get proof that the baseless character assassination being carried out by members of the Barbados Police Force at the request of Charles Leacock. He again told me he did not need that and had no faith in any of what they were saying about me.

I reside in Walkers Terrace, St. George and on Tuesday 19th December in the early hours of the morning I heard extremely loud banging banging on my door and several raised voices shouting. I asked who it was and was told it was police and to open the door now. I at this time was in bed as my mother Carol D’Aguiar was the one to initially wake me to the noise so I said ok and hurried to get dressed in decent clothing. During this time they pried open a window and started kicking the door and saying open it now because I kicking it open. I rushed and opened to door still in the process of getting clothes on. I was told they had a warrant to search for documents regarding Charles Leacock. I asked to see a copy of the warrant and was ignored. The lead officer who was shouting and kicking at the door identified himself as John Vaughan and asked me if I knew him. They all towered inside my bedroom mean whilst my 6 yrs. old son was sleeping and he jumped out of his sleep crying obviously frightened by how they were carrying on.

The police did not attempt to search for anything.

John Vaughan simply came to me in my bedroom along with a female officer Mathews and another officer at the bedroom door and said you have to come with us to the station. I asked what for Sand they insisted I had to go with them. I at this point conceded but insisted they give me a copy of the warrant that they had John Vaughan made all types of excuses to not give me one and I was adamant about it. He finally gave me a pink copy that was titled warrant but had no writing on it because it was just light impressions. Douglas N. Burgess Justice of the Peace signed this warrant. I asked why it had no visible writing and requested one of the copies Vaughan was holding in his hands that had writing and was denied and told that is for his records to get up and go now. I followed the police instructions and left the house.

Once I got into my yard I saw they had jumped the 6 foot metal fence and hedges destroying some in the process. I also noticed that it was 3 Suzuki Grand Vitaras filled with officers that came to enforce this search warrant which no search was ever attempted to be conducted.

Once at District A station I was taken to a female bathroom whereby I was forced to undergo a naked body cavity search by Officer Mathews and told it was procedure.

At this time I said was I being charged and why did I need to be strip-searched and was given no explanation aside again its procedure. I underwent this most invasive and embarrassing subjection. Upon completion, I was led to the Fraud Squad and placed to sit in a chair alongside a desk. John Vaughan at this sat at the same desk. I again asked him why I was brought here and for what crime.

He informed me this is a interview and that he has a report made by Mr. Charles Leacock and he wants my side of the story. He them informed me of my rights to call an attorney, which I took and called my attorney.

My attorney was shocked because Mr. Leacock had always been in contact with her and was always aware of where my court case was and that to have the police come into a civil matter appeared inappropriate. She spoke to John Vaughn who I heard him say to her this is just an interview.

Subsequently to that, my attorney told me she was unable to come down and would seek to have another attorney come down and that I could decide if I wanted to answer any question but that I was not to give any statements until the attorney arrived. I relayed this to John Vaughan and he commenced in asking me questions about how I came to owe Charles Leacock and why I have not paid him. I explained what happened and told him about the jewels Mr. Leacock had for me along with about the station sergeant whom had first approached me at court. He said he did not know it entailed all of this and now that he is hearing my side, he sympathizes with me.

The Search Warrant Was Nothing But A Big Excuse For Police Terror In The Middle Of The Night

I at this time asked what documents were they supposedly looking for in my home despite they made no efforts once they gained entry to actually search for anything. He said a copy of the contract to which I said was in the file my attorney had.

At this time I glanced down at his hands and noticed a copy of the very said contract signed by myself and Elisabeth Leacock and witnessed by Charles Leacock there. I asked why would you search for a copy at my home when you already have a copy and he gave no reply the interview went on and on for some hours. He then told me the interview was over and asked me if I would make a statement despite me already telling him from the beginning that I would not be making any statements until my attorney came. I again told him this and he said ok sit tight he has to report up to higher in the chain and he will let me know what happens next.

Sometime passed and John Vaughan and Dr. Atherley entered the room I was being held in. Dr. Atherley at this time came to me rubbed my head and said it’s ok don’t be scared everything will be ok and you will be ok. John Vaughan whom during his interview had asked me what was my relationship to Dr. Atherley and I told him it was not relevant nor a concern to the matter he said he was dealing with. At this time Dr. Atherley told me that it was the very same John Vaughan who was at my son’s school and approached him initially. I at this time told Dr. Atherley that I was not going to let Mr. Leacock continue to do this to me because I broke no laws and committed no crime against him. I also told him I was going to report this matter and take it to as high authority as I needed to and would not rest until I received justice. He told me because of his position and having had his fair share of how some members in the police force are he would not want to be directly involved I told him no problem I respect your wishes I am however going to be still pursuing it and he said ok.

John Vaughan led Dr. Atherley out and told me he was just waiting on some phone calls to hear if he can let me go or not to bear with him.

I was kept waiting again for sometime more than a hour. After a whilst John Vaughn came back and said he was letting me go and led me to a office with officers whom asked me if I was mistreated by the police and I said this entire even has been a atrocity by the police but I was not physically treated badly and they said I could go. I at this time called my home and spoke to my mother who was the one left with my son and told her they let me go. She informed me that Dr. Atherley just left my home with my vehicle because he said to her that he had come to collect the keys to take it to me so I can drive home. I stood and waited for some time and he did not show up. I tried calling him several times and he would not answer his mobile. I was concerned for him amidst all of this as it has rained and the roads can be dangerous. Eventually I decided to walk around to where his office was thinking perhaps he was here and was not aware that I was released yet. When I got there I found him in his office.

He at this time told me he was not releasing my jeep because it is in his name and he was told by Deputy Crime Chief that I would disappear with the vehicle and he would be in problems and that if he knew what was good for him not to give it back. I was again floored. At this time I reminded him that we had agreements and that I had kept up my end and went and bought the goods and shipped them for him. I appealed to him to be fair and not do this to me now amidst all that had transpired. I again reminded him of my offer to take him to my lawyer and he said he did not want that and that the people who were telling him these things are qualified to judge people. I then proposed that we get a legal document from a attorney stating I am the one whom the vehicle is for and whom will undertake to pay all payments and release him from liability and again he said no that he wanted it. I asked him at this time to at least give me a drop home, which he did. During the drive, he was still attempting to tell me he cared for me and wanted me to still help him get his goods sold when it arrived because he knew nothing about selling goods. By this time the shock of everything that had happened, combined with the anger and frustration I was feeling was unbelievable.

I told him he could not seriously think after what he just did taking away my vehicle and telling me these people, who have no tangible proof aside from gossip, innuendos and unfounded allegations are the reason and why he is opposed to seeing tangible definitive proof to disprove it, that I would have any sort of further communications with him.

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I called the Attorney General and briefly explained this matter to him who advised me to place it all in writing and send a letter to the Chief Justice as he is the one who appoints the Director of Public prosecutions.

I wrote such a letter explaining the sequence of events that transpired and also informed him that I planned to explore my options legally against both Director of Public Prosecutions office and The Police Commissioner’s office that are in direct control of the Police Force which was used to abuse, embarrass, harass and traumatize my minor child and myself as well as the destruction of personal property in the process of them carrying out these acts. A attached copy of my contract with Betcliff Property Holdings INC. signed by Mrs. Elisabeth Leacock and witnessed by Charles Leacock, I also have the said warrant that was served upon me, along with a copy of a personal check for rent that I wrote and paid directly in the name of Charles Leacock should they be required to substantiate my claims.

Subsequent to this all I was served a few days afterwards by the same Sgt. Paul Vaughan and the officer who had initially harassed me on behalf of Mr. Leacock both at the court and at my home with 2 informant summons charges to appear before the Oistins Magistrates court under the theft act of Barbados.

I appeared and was placed on $6000 bail with bail conditions of handing in all my travel documents and reporting to the Glebe Police station every Monday at 9 am. There were a few adjournments due to court renovations and other reasons.

Director Of Prosecutions Leacock Was Shown Letter In His Official Capacity At A Trial Where He Was A Witness!

Trial Went Ahead With No Lawyer To Represent The Accused Woman!

On the last court date Mr. Charles Leacock was at court prepared to give his evidence a letter from you my attorney was served upon the court to the Magistrate who read it and proceeded to pass it around to both the Prosecution as well as Mr. Leacock as she said he was the DPP and should read it. She refused the adjournment requested and said she was going to take Mr. Leacock’s evidence and the following is a transcription of what took place in court .

I was only at this court date told I could have my matter tried summarily or indictable with a judge and jury and I said indictable with a judge and jury as I was advised to do so by Mr. Abrahams just before he walked out of court in protest as he felt it as being handled inappropriately. The magistrate then told me I should rethink it as a judge and jury could mean a longer jail sentence and I again insisted it was what I wanted and she proceeded with Mr. Leacock’s evidence
After swearing under oath his name and address was Charles Clifton Leacock of #75 Coral Dr. Atlantic Shores, Ch. Ch.

He then said “I am a director of a company which is incorporated under the laws of Barbados by the name of Betcliff Property Holdings Inc. and that is duly incorporated under the laws of Barbados. My wife Betty June Leacock is the other director of the company. The business is to primarily manage a block of apartments at 20-21 Maxwell, Ch Ch They are 6 apartments in the block. The company’s registered office is at #75 Coral Dr. Atlantic Shores, Ch. Ch.

The apartments are usually rented out on long term basis of 1-3yrs. Rent varies depending on level of furnishings namely fully, semi and un furnished.
On the 17th August, 2005 the accused entered into a lease agreement of apt#5. Rent was agreed at Bds.$1,800.00 mthly for a furnished ( was then corrected by me and said) thank you semi furnished apartment.

The rent was paid on time for the first few months but by around March, 2006 it went into default”

Prosecution then asked to explain in relation the arrangement between Betcliff and defendant.

Mr. Leacock then said “Accused was to pay all utilities except water. This was rent Bds$1,800.00, multi choice, gas and electricity. Only utility paid by Betcliff was water. As well as she was responsible for a phone”.

Prosecution then asked if it was a verbal or written agreement.

Mr Leacock said “It was a signed lease as all tenants are and she did on 17th August, 2005

Most utilities are in company’s name or Charles Leacock’s name for continuity after tenants leave. Specifically with multi choice the last tenants turned it off and she said she had transportation problems and I had it done in my name. At the end of the day it was the basic package and it was enhanced to the highest and left unpaid.”

“About March, 2006 the first default occurred and whereby we contacted her as we had a good relationship with her and all tenants. She indicated they were some problems and we waited as we had a good relationship. The situation never really improved so by end of April we gave notice and she left end of June. I made notes at the time in my capacity as a director of the company and ask permission to refer to them.’’

Trial Was A Big Meeting Of The Insiders Club

The magistrate at this time asked him smiling “please slow down a bit as I can barely keep up to write” and he laughed and said “I am doing the same thing I accuse witnesses of doing all the time and apologized and said he would slow down.” The magistrate thanked him and he continued on as follows:
“ On 30th June,2006 after default of Bds.$4,460.00 after her security deposit was applied to. Now prior to her leaving I personally visited her and discussed status of the utilities and she unreservedly stated the utilities were paid. On departure bills came in with charges for the period which she was there. They were telephone Bds.$2,296.00, Bds.$273.54 came in for light and power and a multi choice bill came in for Bds.$871.93

Another telephone bill also came in later for charges whilst she was in the house for $100. I must say Light & Power had turned off her electricity for delinquency. I called them and had it restored sometime approx in January. I also spoke of rent in June when I visited her and she explained she did not have the money and left with me some jewelry it was a ring and bracelet as security and are to be returned to her upon settlement. I went to Cave Shepherd with the jewelry and don’t want to say in details what was said to me unless your worship really wants to know cause its hearsay but the title of them are being questioned and that is why I don’t even want these pieces and don’t even want them in my home so I have them in a safety deposit box.”

The prosecution then said “Tell her worship in result of default of monies for rent, electricity, telephone and multi choice what actions you took in response.”

Mr. Leacock then said “we made several attempts to contact her and had no number or forwarding address. Because of the good relationship we had with her we then waited. She left in June and the report was not made until 11th October, 2006. Prior to this Sgt. Clarke met the accused up in court. Sgt Jefferson Clarke and she called me and spoke to me most likely after I reported the matter.”

Again the magistrate asked him smiling to please slow down so she could write and he replied “After experiencing this first hand I will personally raise it so that you get transcriptions services here because we have that and that is what we are accustomed to we are not accustomed to having to write for ourselves” The magistrate said “please do I would appreciate that” and they both laughed and chatted a bit more and then Mr. Leacock continued on as follows:

“ I must say when I spoke to the accused she was unable to satisfy when if at all she would pay debts and matters were handed over to the police.

Documents given to police were Lease Contract (which was identified by his him based on his initials which he placed on them and marked as Exhibit A), Cable & Wireless phone bill (which was identified by his him based on his initials which he placed on them and marked as Exhibit B) Light & Power Bill (which was identified by his him based on his initials which he placed on them and marked as People’s Exhibit C), Rental Account Statement (which was identified by his him based on his initials which he placed on them and marked as Exhibit D) and multi choice bill (which was identified by his him based on his initials which he placed on them and marked as Exhibit E)”

I was shown them and requested copies for my attorney and was declined and told if my attorney was here next time he could see them then because the court does not give copies of exhibits by the magistrate.

Mr. Leacock then continued giving his evidence by saying “This is the rental agreement signed by me as a witness so I recognize it. My wife deals with the tenants. This telephone bill came after her departure and was accumulated by her and shows age debt analysis. I initiated rental statement during my employment I mean my duties as a director for the company.

The prosecution then asked “at the time Betcliff entered into agreement with accused explain what brought it about”

Mr. Leacock then replied “ in August, 2005 the accuse contacted me about a apartment which was advertised in the papers. In fact I was on Sandy Lane’s gold course at the time with my son”

“The magistrate then laughed and said okay I do not think you want to put that on the record okay”

Mr. Leacock laughed and agreed and continued as follows

He said “I picked the accuse up and she came and discussed the apartment with myself and my wife and asked if she could pay 1st months rent and pay deposit afterwards and we agreed. From the statement of accounts she paid half of deposit.”

The prosecution then asked “tell the court if the current state of affairs was foreseen at time of rental?”

Mr. Leacock replied “certainly not, Betcliff stands to loose all Bds.$4,460.00 in rent, Bds.$2,296.00 in telephone bill, Bds. $273 in Light & Power bill and cable bill of Bds. $871.93. The accumulated amount of this money is what has been defrauded to date unless settlement is made. This is in breach of the contract and I can point you in particular to clause 18&19.

The judge then read his evidence back to him excluding the parts where he spoke of Cave Shepherd and Sandy Lane Gold Course and adjourned until 4th May, 2006 and called Mr Leacock to sign his evidence and I was excused and told I could leave. As I sat in court it was my impression that the magistrate was not differentiating the difference between Mr. Leacock’’s official title as DPP and the fact of his involvement in this case was as a complainant and nto in is official capacity. Subsequently I have been involved in a accident which I was forced to serve a medical report on the court for a adjournment and it has been adjourned to the 4th June, 2007.

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LIVE: Bloggers Covering UN Conference On Climate Change… Where Is Owen Arthur?

Live From the United Nations

Today UN Dispatch and the UN Foundation is hosting a group of 12 bloggers at the UN, the first-ever event designed solely for bloggers, enabling them to report on the United Nations. These bloggers and UN Dispatch will be live blogging the UN’s High-Level Event on Climate Change. We will be linking here to their posts. The content below is all their own…

… from the United Nations website UN Dispatch (link here)

This Should Be Interesting…

As our source told us yesterday, Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur is co-chairing the UN Plenary Session “From Vulnerability To Resilience”. The event is being covered online by 12 invited bloggers.

I haven’t seen Owen yet other than a brief mention of his presence on the Global Voices website. Strange… the PM of Denmark who is co-chairing with Owen Arthur is mentioned, but no mention of Owen yet. I hope he wasn’t “sick” last night.
We hope he looks well rested and that his hotel room was satisfactory! 😉

We’ll be following along to see if he actually says anything – and to see if he is actually there!

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Where Is The Barbados Media On Corruption, Fly Over Investigation And So Many Other Issues?

“In my travels across the region I have found the Barbados newspapers to be the absolute worst — insipid, uninspiring and devoid of any of the passion that one normally associates with journalism. Reading them brings on feelings of suffocation, suppression and suspicion…

… Jamaican businessman F. Wade writing on his Moving Back To Jamaica blog. (link here)

David over at Barbados Underground reviews F. Wade’s article and laments that no one is following up on the fly over scandal and that ‘our media houses are often happy to pay moneys to the politicians from their “slush funds” and let sleeping dogs lie.’ (BU story here)

Well said, gentlemen.

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