Updated: December 29, 2010
An end of year reminder to our police, government and professional news media: Just because you ignore a story or let an unresolved issue drop, it doesn’t mean that Bajans don’t remember. With every new incident your credibility erodes a little more.
At the end of 2010, ordinary Bajans generally view their police, government and news media as unreliable and suspect. Will the situation improve during 2011? That’s up to the police, government and news media.
Another news story hidden from the citizens of Barbados…
On September 16, 2008, Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn (sometimes spelled Paul Vaughan) was charged with corruptly accepting $56,500 in bribes between December 1, 2004 and April 30, 2007 from Evadney Cindy Bushell in return for protecting her from prosecution for selling pirated DVDs.
We said at the time that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock would eventually withdraw the criminal charges against his old friend, Sergeant Vaughn, because the two corrupt public employees had previously been involved together in the Ronja Juman scandal.
In short, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock had Sergeant Vaughn and his goon squad arrest Ronja Juman in the middle of the night and subject the terrified woman to a vaginal search – over back rent she owed Charles Leacock – who was Juman’s landlord. There was no way the DPP was going to continue the prosecution of a man who was his friend and a co-conspirator in the illegal activities and abuses that happened to Juman.
We said the bribery charges against Sergeant Vaughn would be withdrawn and we were proven right.
The cowardly lapdog Barbados news media kept its silence about both the Juman and Vaughn corruption stories.