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Roy Morris Rape Charge Fading Into The Barbados Mist

UPDATED: April 19, 2009

We read Dr. Leonard Shorey’s latest article in the Barbados Advocate with some sadness and not a little amusement. In Perspectives: Different Strokes For Different Folks – Why? Dr. Shorey rightly highlights and condemns that the Barbados Justice system and society have little concern for the rule of law. Members of various elites can and do get away with pretty well anything on this island while ordinary folks go to jail for the same actions.

The irony is that this double standard would not be possible without the cooperation and silence of three supposed protectors of our society: the police, the courts and especially the Barbados news media.

And just to remind Dr. Shorey and other media friends of what we mean, perhaps someone can update the public on this story where the charges were (apparently) dropped with no public explanation. “Ya public doan need ta know nothing”…

Roy Morris Rape Charge Disappears

Back on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, veteran journalist Roy Morris was charged with rape by the Royal Barbados Police Force. He was released on bail after appearing in court.

As BFP detailed in a series of articles, Morris had been on the run from the police while wanted for the alleged rape of a young 16 year old woman who may have been an intern at The Nation News.

Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground broke the story over a month before Morris surrendered to police.

On Monday, July 23, 2007, sources within the Nation News contacted Barbados Free Press and informed us that Associate Managing Editor Roy Morris had been asked for his resignation after an alleged sexual impropriety with a female several days earlier. We were also informed us that Mr. Morris was nowhere to be found and that the entire matter was being hushed up by both the Nation News and the Royal Barbados Police Force. We were told that Anne Gittens loaned her car to Morris to help him avoid the police during the first few days.

We were told that the management at The Nation News sent journalist Timothy Slinger to camp out on the doorstep of Police Commissioner Dottin to call in a favour for Roy Morris – to have the investigation sidetracked. It was thought that with the rough treatment Slinger received at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital he might be able to call in the favour from a contrite and sympathetic Commissioner of Police. (Slinger background here)

The Barbados Free Press published all of this and more in three stories…

July 23, 2007 – Roy Morris Told To Resign From The Nation News ! ?

July 26, 2007 – Roy Morris – Nation News Train Wreck Continues

July 29, 2007 – World Is Watching Barbados Political Scandals – Really! TWO Bajan Blogs Make WordPress “Top 100″ List Out Of 1.2 Million Blogs

It was only after Barbados Free Press broke the story in July and the other blogs came on board in August that Morris arrested and charged – after a month of BFP sounding the clarion.

What happened to the case?

Hey… who knows. The last time the Barbados media mentioned the case was on the day he was arrested over a year ago.

Further Reading

Jan 30, 2008 – The Strange Disappearing Court Cases Of Barbados – And How The News Media Keeps Silent

Jan 18, 2008 – Barbados Underground: News Media Charged With Dereliction Of Duty

Oct 31, 2007 – Roy Morris Rape Charge In Court Thursday

Aug 15, 2007 – Would Nation News Editor Roy Morris Have Been Charged With Rape If Blogs Hadn’t Broken The Story?

Aug 14, 2007 – Source: Barbados Journalist Roy Morris At Oistins Police Station – Arrested, Charged In Sex Assault Case

Aug 12, 2007 – Barbados Underground: The Demise Of Roy Morris Part One and Part Two

July 29, 2007 – World Is Watching Barbados Political Scandals – Really! TWO Bajan Blogs Make WordPress “Top 100″ List Out Of 1.2 Million Blogs

July 26, 2007 – Roy Morris – Nation News Train Wreck Continues

July 24, 2007 – Roy Morris Told To Resign From The Nation News ! ?

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