Attention Women’s Rights Advocates around the world.
Barbados women had better not withhold sex if they know what’s good for them
No, this outrage didn’t happen in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. It happened in the Caribbean island nation of Barbados where our Director of Public Prosecutions – DPP, Charles Leacock (above photo), dropped a charge of murder to manslaughter because the murdered woman had refused sex and therefore “provoked” her killer.
It’s even more sordid than that. The murdered woman couldn’t pay her rent and her killer had offered to pay the rent in return for sex. When she changed her mind to this extortion, she was beaten to death.
DPP Charles Leacock has a record for abusing women and the law
This is not the first time that DPP Charles Leacock has been caught excusing or participating in violence against women. When his tenant Ronja Juman fell behind on the rent, Leacock had his corrupt police officer friend raid Juman’s home in the middle of the night to terrorize Juman and her children. The police dragged her off half-naked to the police station where her vagina was searched for money and the lease agreement.
Yes, you read that correctly. The object of the raid and the search was, according to the faked search warrant, Juman’s copy of the rental agreement with Leacock. The police looked up her vagina for the evidence, but it was really all about teaching Leacock’s tenant a lesson. Now she and other single mothers know what happens when you don’t pay your rent to a landlord who is arguably the most powerful man on the island.
In another case when his corrupt police friend was charged with accepting bribes, DPP Charles Leacock secretly withdrew the charges as we and everyone else predicted.
Here is the full story of the latest outrage as printed in the Barbados Advocate. You should read the story at the newspaper’s website, but we print it in full because Barbados news media tends to modify or delete news stories to change history.
Women have a right to say no
I cannot believe what I am reading, in January 2011, the second decade of the 21st century.
That human rights can be so trampled and Barbados dragged back into the dark ages by a judicial officer so steeped in male macho culture that a woman desperate to pay her rent is lured to his house by a man who promises to help, then when she changes her mind about sex in return for the money, she is murdered and according to the newspaper report: “the Director of Public Prosecutions said he accepted a manslaughter plea based on provocation (my emphasis), because Griffith went to Pile’s home and when they were about to have sex she changed her mind and he got vex.”
He added that a jury properly directed could reach the conclusion that Pile was provoked, adding, “I have so concluded”.
The provision for a finding of manslaughter based on provocation is intended where there is a fight between two or more persons and one is killed. There is no evidence here that the lady offered any physical threat or provocation to her killer.
In all civilised jurisdictions a woman’s right to say no to sexual relations, even within marriage, is supported by the courts. If, at any time, she says no and sexual relations were forced on her it would be held to be date rape and the man would be prosecuted. In this case it is not a matter of rape, but murder and the DPP considers her changing her mind provocation to murder.
To suggest that changing her mind and saying NO to sex is PROVOCATION justifying MURDER is an absolute outrage! All Barbadian women and women’s organisations should speak out clearly on this matter and call on the Attorney General immediately to remove the Director of Public Prosecutions from duty.
How can any woman have confidence in a judicial system where the prosecution openly supports this position? Are we living in a prehistoric jungle where rape of women is considered a man’s right?
I wish my father, Dick Walcott, was still alive as he could have elucidated the legal position better, but there are many lawyers and female magistrates today who I am sure will understand the importance of this principle.
The very idea of a DPP expressing these sentiments in 2011 is atrocious.
Every woman in Barbados must protest and call for his removal and a clear statement form the Chief Justice, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police on this matter. Otherwise the courts will be giving free licence to men to murder a woman because she says no to sex.
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