Some lawsuits just aren’t worth it in Barbados
“Kiss yuh rasshole bitch. We will kill you while you are asleep. Lock your doors and windows real good.”
“Marjorie Knox… If we evah fine she anyway bout Barbados we gine bus open she fucking head wid a big rock.”
Some of the anonymous internet threats to murder witnesses in the Kingsland Plantation court case as revealed at Keltruth Blog
“For seven long months in 2007/2008 the official WordPress blog of the Barbados Labour Party linked to the BFPE blog (Barbados Free Press Exposed) that published threats against many people, including threats to murder Adrian Loveridge, to burn down his business, and to rape his wife.”
Readers of Barbados Free Press are well familiar with the story of the long-running court battles over the Kingsland Plantation Estate, and the many years of threats and violent incidents against Marjorie Knox, her family members and witnesses testifying for Mrs. Knox. Even persons who (to our knowledge) have nothing to do with the court case but were mis-reported as being involved were subject to threats and violence – as happened to Adrian Loveridge and his wife.
Member of Parliament Dr. Duguid even confirmed that some of the violent anonymous internet threats against the Knox family originated on a computer at the Barbados Parliament Members’ Lounge. Something to think about, for sure.
These threats and acts of violence at pretty well standard operating procedure for some in Barbados. Wunna be careful if suing certain cartels… because you are likely to find your house set on fire like this or this.
Even high court Justice Randall Worrell (above) is worried about a trend that is undermining our court system and threatening the very fabric of our society: witnesses don’t want to testify to the point that they are changing their stories or running off the island. Court witnesses in Barbados are very afraid.
When the police cannot or will not protect witnesses, can we expect anything else?
Now we read on Keltruth Blog that Kingsland witnesses were recently held at gunpoint and beaten in what looks like a continuation of the threats and violence against Marjorie Knox and her family, who are engaged in an ongoing court battle against powerful Barbados cartels.
Welcome to Barbados folks: a paradise for tourism, business investments and offshore banking…
… until it goes wrong and you launch a lawsuit to find justice. Then they burn your house, beat you within an inch of your life, fire you from your job, urge strangers to stalk you and threaten to rape your wife while your court case takes 20 years to get to trial.
That’s right. Twenty years for a court case to reach trial in Barbados.
Meanwhile, you had better watch your back…
It was Thursday, April 19th, another peaceful day in the country. Around one thirty in the afternoon, John K. casually drove into the front yard of Old Hanson House in the parish of St. George, Barbados. He stuck his key into the lock of the front door, totally unaware that he was being watched.
John went inside and picked up what he had come for. He called his sister on his cell phone. As he chatted, he walked out of the front door. He put the key in the lock one more time.
“DROP THAT PHONE!” A loud gruff shout shattered the tranquil scene. John turned to see a hooded face, with only two intense eyes visible. As his gaze dropped he saw something more scary.
John was facing the muzzle of a rifle. John’s heart was beating so fast, he thought he was having a heart attack. He kept talking on the phone to Jane.
Beaten with a 2 x 4
The masked intruder kept the rifle pointed at John with one arm, while he searched for a weapon with the other. He took up a tyre iron, but then discarded that for a 2×4 plank. He swung the 2×4 but John parried the blow with his hand.
John ran to the side yard where the dogs were. Desperately he struggled to release the latch to the gate, but it was jammed.
John felt a searing smash to the back of his head … he went down…
… Continue reading the Keltruth Blog news story Brutal Armed Robbery and Assault in St. George, Barbados