Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

Another home firebombed

Family member was burned in yet another firebomb attack on a home.

There is no indication that this attack was related at all to the last reported incident. We wonder if this family is involved in a court trial, so if anyone knows please let our readers know. (Photo courtesy of The Nation “Shirnell Gill pointing to the blackened and broken window through which the Molotov cocktail was thrown.”)

Another family is living in terror after an unknown person used a Molotov cocktail to set their home alight. Do we have a problem on this island? What the heck is happening lately?

If we consider some news stories, we have to wonder…

April 30, 2012    Court witness held at gunpoint, tied up, beaten at home. Serious head injuries.

April 12, 2012    Firebombing followup: Barbadian businessman’s family still stalked

April 4, 2012    British tourists firebombed in Barbados: Mistaken identity over anti-government lawsuit.

August 17, 2011    Selective Denial, Cover-up by Barbados Commissioner of Police

October 10, 2010    Arch Cot Inquest witness intimidation: Professor Hans G. Machel reports intimidation, fears of arson, bodily harm, job loss against potential witnesses.

September 12, 2010    Two Barbadians arrested in mass murder fire.

November 6, 2008    Secret Documents Show How The Barbados Government Used The Military To Destroy A Canadian Investor

September 27, 2008    Threats Against Adrian Loveridge Continue – Barbados Police Continue To Do NOTHING

June 1, 2007     Arson, Burglary, Bedroom Spying – Three Separate Incidents Make A Bad Day For Fired Barbados Journalist Who Is Critical Of Government

Here are two stories from The Nation.

You should visit the paper’s website to read the stories, but we have to reprint them here in their entirety because that paper sometimes removes stories for political purposes…

Scary firebomb attack (Nation story here)

THE Gill family of Jubilee Gap, Martindales Road, St Michael, are living in fear.

One week ago, someone threw what is believed to be a Molotov cocktail into the house they are renting, injuring a family member, damaging furniture and clothing and leaving the house in an uninhabitable state.

And the family are so traumatized that they do not want to remain there but have nowhere else to go.

Shirnell Gill said her mother Marlene was sitting on a couch in the living room last Wednesday, when an unknown individual threw the fiery object into the house. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law

Congratulations to us! BFP published 4,800 posts

Okay, okay… self congratulations and awards are hardly modest, but as our sometimes friend Kurt would say: “Nevermind”.

I’d like to point out to Marcus and the rest of the world that the recent BFP post Grenville Phillips II: “I’ll run as a candidate for Parliament if …”

… is the 4,800th post since Barbados Free Press went live on January 17, 2006.



Filed under Barbados

Robert Ross: Courting Disaster – Justice Delayed in our Barbados Courts

Attorneys often unfairly blamed for delays in the courts

At the request of one of BFP’s prolific commenters, ‘Robert Ross’, we’ve opened a new page where Mr. Ross and others so inclined keep us all apprised of some of the court delays and other disasters in justice.

Mr. Ross is not a lawyer but in his own words was “in the law in my way for 44 years.” He obviously is still privy to stories and situations that the public doesn’t usually hear about. He also rightly observes that many of the delays are caused by the court system, but often it is the attorneys who are unfairly blamed.

Here’s the first contribution from Mr. Ross, and you’ll also find it at the top under the “Courting Disaster” tab. If Mr. Ross will continue to leave his work as comments or submit them via email or our contact page, we’ll be happy to maintain a central list of just how long folks have to wait for justice in our understaffed and inefficient Barbados courts.

robert ross
May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Due Process in this blog refers to delay caused by attorneys. I have some sympathy with that, though not in relation to the criminal justice system. I do recognise, of course that Due Process’ perception is a common one – and it is one fuelled by information ‘pushed’ by the Free Presses – which is sometimes very misleading.

I am not a practising lawyer – though I was in the law in my way for 44 years. I am saying this to make the point that I have no axe to grind. I do have access to information, however, which would not be accessible by those who are not lawyers. So on this question of delay, I intend to publish ‘delay’ situations as I meet them in the hope of achieving a better understanding of its causes. I will publish them in the most recent posts – if you will permit me.

Here are two cases which came my way today. Both relate to family matters.

Case 1 – Access

The case came up for hearing in mid-March. A Welfare report was ordered and the case adjourned till early April. At the April hearing there was no report. The case was adjourned till end of May. At the May hearing there was still no report. The same lawyers appeared on all three occasions.

The Welfare Department is over stretched and there was difficulty in locating one of the parties for Welfare to compile the report.. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Consumer Issues, Crime & Law

Religion, babies and global population growth: I couldn’t stop watching Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others — and how does this affect global population growth?

Once you are a minute into this, I doubt you’ll be able to turn it off… I couldn’t. Just wait until he gets to the moving trend charts. Brilliant!


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Religion