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Eleven years for Dangerous Driving Death charge to come to trial in Barbados

ZR Death Driver had 197 prior driving convictions!

Sometimes you read the papers and you just don’t know what to think. Laugh at the absurdity of our so-called justice system? Cry for our people who are so inured to low performance by the public sector that they can’t recognise what standards are acceptable? Become angry that our leadership spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a bloody cricket oval but can’t be bothered to protect citizens from chronic dangerous or drunk drivers?

Today’s unbelievable-except-this-is-Barbados-where-such-things-are-normal story concerns ZR route taxi driver Cyril O’Bryan Archer who drove his vehicle so dangerously fast on February 8, 1999 that he killed Errol Thornhill. Archer’s trial for causing death by dangerous driving was held yesterday and he plead guilty to a lesser charge of dangerous driving.

That’s right folks – it took eleven years for a traffic death charge to make it to a trial.

Meanwhile the accused Archer racked up almost two hundred traffic convictions and up until yesterday was still driving on our roads and endangering our friends and loved ones.

Oh well – what do you expect? This is Barbados and we should feel lucky the driver was ever charged to begin with and that it only took eleven years to come to trial. I mean, the last few times we reported on justice delays it was 18 years of condo hell, and child-rape charges dropped after 10 years, and more child-sex charges took 7 years to come to trial, and a foreign resident who purchased land in Barbados can’t get title or deed for 34 years, and…

… and I’m getting tired of listing all the stories again, so I’ll just send you to a BFP story from last August where we listed a dozen or so examples of justice delayed in Barbados…

Typical Barbados Justice System Follies: Another Police File “Missing” at Director of Public Prosecutions Office

So… almost two hundred driving offenses convictions and eleven years to come to trial – and the Nation News and The Barbados Advocate report it like “what can you do?” and such performance from the courts and the police is normal in Barbados.

Because… it is.

Here’s the piece from the Nation News. You really should read it at their website – but you know it’s going to disappear so we’ll print it here too. Continue reading

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