Allegation: Court records shuffled about to let drug trafficker go free
Recently retired police Inspector Martin Jones was released on bail yesterday after being charged with perverting the course of justice. From the short Nation newspaper article it’s difficult to say exactly what he did, but it looks like some court files were deliberately sent to the wrong court and that drug trafficker Frederick Ryan Grant was not convicted because of this. In addition it is alleged that Jones “facilitated the process by which the order of the court for forthwith cost for trafficking was not complied with by Grant.”
Chief Justice Marston Gibson recently warned that the issue of ‘missing’ and misplaced court files is a major problem in the Barbados courts, and in conjunction with other problems is creating chaos that threatens our international business sector.
It will be interesting to follow the Martin Jones case through court as I can’t recall ever seeing a Barbados Police Officer ever convicted of corruption offenses. They always seem to walk off free.
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Ex-cop on bail (read the story at The Nation here)
A retired police inspector accused of perverting the course of justice in a drug trafficking case was released on bail yesterday.
Martin Jones appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, and after strong objection by his attorney to a proposed condition by the prosecution, the former lawman will not have to present himself to a police station.
Jones, of Wilcox, Christ Church, was not required to plead to the charge that between October 24, 2009, and March 10, 2010, he committed a series of acts, which had a tendency to pervert the course of justice, in that he facilitated the transfer of the criminal case against Frederick Ryan Grant from District “B” Magistrates’ Court to the District “A” Traffic Court, which resulted in no criminal conviction for trafficking being recorded against Grant.
Jones was also accused that between October 24, 2009, and March 10, 2010, he did a series of acts which had a tendency to pervert the course of justice in that he facilitated the process by which the order of the court for forthwith cost for trafficking was not complied with by Grant.