Category Archives: Crime & Law

Currency trader illegally made US$300 million for UBS Swiss Bank – He goes to jail, the big-shots keep their jobs and bonuses!!

UBS Swiss Bank Fraud

“But so far, no senior executives have been prosecuted in a scandal that helped shred public faith in an industry and has cost some of the world’s biggest banks and brokerages $9 billion in fines and seen 21 people charged…”

Oh my children; gather round and Daddy will tell you a story of how the world really works…

In 2006 Tom Hayes was an intelligent nice young man of 25 years old who loved the numbers of finance; so much so that UBS Swiss Bank hired him to be a yen derivatives trader for their Tokyo office.

And Tom did an excellent job for UBS – earning the Swiss bank over US$300 million dollars in three years and 45,000 trades. YIKES!

Excellent job except for one thing… Tom was conspiring with other people to rig the markets, and he sent out thousands of emails to do it.

Did his bosses know? Ha! Does cheese go well on toast?

Now Tom and a few other low level people will probably be going to jail.

But the bosses? Everything be so fine, just fine. UBS and Citigroup paid fines, but none of those bosses will go to jail or lose their jobs.

Children… this is the way the world is.

Same same in Barbados. Everywhere.

Say… do we have branches of UBS or Citigroup in Barbados? Really? Well…

Insight – How Libor whiz Rain Man became ‘the guy everyone was going to blame’

He was so obsessed with the numbers that he did not see his downfall coming.

The first trader convicted by a jury in the global Libor rate-rigging scandal was a maths whiz nicknamed “Rain Man”, who slept as an adult under a superhero duvet cover he had owned since he was eight.  Continue reading

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Barbados Police Officer shot four times under mysterious circumstances – Island news media silent

Sheri Veronica Barbados

Not one word in the Barbados newspapers

According to the talk in Bridgetown, four days ago Constable Jonathan Barrow was shot four times in the legs. He was treated at hospital where doctors recovered at least two bullets from the wounds. Barrow is now resting at home.

Nothing in the news media, but everyone is talking.

First to report the shooting was Sheri Veronica (photo above) of Naked Departure blog who ran the story on July 28th, and followed up with a mention on her Naked Departure Talk Show yesterday.

Officer Barrow was one of the police involved in the infamous Shanique Marie ‘finger rape’ case. His partner at the time, Everton Gittens, is currently in Dodds Prison on murder charges stemming from the shooting of two men attacking Gittens’ alleged lover.

So what’s going on and why isn’t the Barbados news media covering this story?

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Please save these children from their mother, Keisha Melissa Clarke

Barbados Stupid Slut keisha Clarke

28 years old, psychiatric patient and a mother of seven; this serial thief has nothing to offer her children or society

How many so-called ‘fathers’ do Clarke’s children have? Can she really name each man? Who are these low men taking advantage of such a pitiful creature?

The 28 year old “mother of seven” deserves to be pitied, but don’t forget to pity her children and Barbados – for it is the children and ordinary Bajans who bear the burden of so many stupid women like this one. “Single mother” ??? Let’s stop using that phrase and tell it like it is – stupid woman who doesn’t have enough sense to realize she’s being used, or to keep her legs closed.

My compassion for these women evaporated long since.

Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.

Robert

Mother of seven appeals to court for mercy

A young unemployed woman with a number of issues was jailed for a month after she admitted she had stolen money and jewellery from a man’s car over the weekend.

Keisha Melissa Clarke, 28, of Arthur Seat, St Thomas admitted to the offence and asked the court to be merciful on her. She was charged for stealing a pair of earrings and $87 belonging to Chris Clarke on Sunday.

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Clarke apprehended her and called the police. Continue reading

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An all too common story. Bajan expat sends money to build a retirement home…

barbados-construction

Dear Barbados Free Press…

A mother working in the USA  asked her daughter to supervise the construction of a property in Barbados, sent all money to that daughter at various stages of the construction from beginning through completion. The mother also payed the mortgage for the ensuing 20 years, returned to Barbados on holiday in the intervening years believing the property was in her name as indicated by correspondence.

Finally retired from her work in the USA only to find several years after that the property has been stolen (deeded)  by  that same daughter who registered the property in her name as sole owner. When the matter; supported by documentation is brought to the very law firm who did the original settlement find that the firm is unwilling or non cooperative or too embarrassed  to unmask the obvious fraud.

Leaving the victim, the mother, to seek alternative legal representation from other lawyers who take the case ask for a large sums of money with the promise to recover that property only to find that despite all the proof and supporting documentation of ownership nothing is done, 5 years on.

What would BFP’s readers suggest is the best course of action/suggestions to make this right?

* The photo has nothing to do with this story. Just a home under construction.

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MURDER: Child Care Board ignored 6-year-old’s broken fingers, blackened eye

Child Abuse Murder Barbados

Jahan King – When the Barbados Child Care Board failed to act, what chance did the little fellow have?

The latest from our friend at Focus Barbados tells the story of Jahan King. Poor little fellow was beaten and tortured and more than once when he came to school with serious injuries the school called Child Care Board, and the Board did nothing or worse: sent the child back to the home where he was beaten.

Warning: disturbing photos at Focus Barbados Jahan King: The child neglect and abuse culture in Barbados.

 

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What’s up with Mark Daghorn and Rising Records?

Mark Daghorn Barbados Music

Editor’s Note: The following is only one of many letters and complaints we’ve had in the last while concerning Mark Daghorn (photo above) and Rising Records.

We remind BFP readers that this was sent anonymously to BFP – an anonymous blog and should be taken with a big dose of salt.

We offer Mr. Daghorn or anyone the space to reply to these accusations publicly, in the same space and to the same audience.

Without further delay, here is one of the anonymous emails sent to BFP…

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF BARBADOS

FROM: http://www.facebook.com/MarkDaghornInfo

Mark Daghorn is/was known as the owner/director of Rising Records.  The UK based record label had a roster of over 40 bands and specialised in Heavy Metal, Hardcore, Death Metal, Black Metal & Grindcore.

http://www.metal-archives.com/labels/Rising_Records/260

Warning to bands about shady record label
November 29th, 2011, 02:29 PM

On Nov 29th 2011 a comment was posted to a music website by user Men With Ven claiming Rising Records was a front for a scam.  Within hours the story went viral and over the next few days various people who had dealt with Daghorn posted their own stories of dodgy dealings with him, corroborating the original posters ac­cusations.

http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/musicians-discussion/735127-warning-bands-about-shady-record-lab.html

Daghorn claimed the post was the working of a disgruntled band.  He responded to these accusations with intermittent threats of legal action whilst fleeing the UK for Barbados. He never followed through with any legal action as he threatened.

Daghorn then proceeded to establish himself in Barbados and people he owed money to in the UK were ignored, fired or offered more work which never materialised.  Continue reading

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Magistrate Douglas Frederick too weak, too timid to take on disrespectful police officers.

Barbados Magistrate Frederick Douglas

Accused waiting five and a half years for trial – Barbados Police don’t show for latest court date.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick lets them get away with it again.

Where was Sergeant Catwell?

The charges against the accused are serious. On January 20, 2010, police arrested Michael James Springer for having an illegal gun and ammunition.

Now, five and a half years later, our justice system is just getting to the preliminary hearing but the two main police witnesses didn’t bother to show up for court date known months in advance. One witness, Sergeant Catwell, was on holiday and, according to Station Sergeant Neville Watson, couldn’t be found. The other witness, Sergeant Leslie, was on a training course and so couldn’t attend at court.

Let’s just think about that for a minute, shall we?

Sergeant Catwell knew many months ago that the case was coming to court on July 8, 2015, but he went away on holiday anyway and “efforts to locate him had proven futile.”

Really? On this tiny rock, none of Catwell’s fellow police know where he is? Nobody knows his mobile phone number? Nobody left a message? Nobody knows his email address?

And what training could be so important as to cause a police witness to ignore the court? Sergeant Leslie couldn’t take a morning off his so very important training course to testify?

Obviously the two involved police officers do not respect the courts, the judicial process or their duty to Barbados.

Time for the learned judge to start issuing arrest warrants for police officers who thumb their noses at the court and the law.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick’s statement that it was “unfortunate that Leslie was away on training and was in High Court on the last occasion” is a capitulation to police disrespect of the courts. Magistrate Frederick looks like he is too weak, timid and fearful to uphold the law. Just a few days ago BFP reported in another trial Magistrate Douglas tossed a drug trafficking case when the police witnesses didn’t show up… but Frederick let the police turn their backs on the courts and never held them to account for failing to show.

And he just did it again…

No one-sided justice, attorney tells Magistrate

Terming it “totally ridiculous,” attorney-at-law Vonda Pile asked today that a matter involving her client be dismissed.

Michael James Springer faces charges of having a gun and ammunition on January 20, 2010. The 29-year-old lives at Headley’s Land, Deacons Road, St Michael.

When the preliminary hearing began yesterday, Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the court of the unavailability of the two police witnesses.   Continue reading

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