Terrath Persaud should have been hung. It’s what he did to Anna.
On May 5, the Court of Appeals of Barbados (in the new High Court building) will hear the appeal of Teerath Persaud for the length of his sentence for manslaughter of Anna Druzhinina. It took family friend, Amy Beam two years (and a new Registrar of the Court) to obtain the transcripts from the trials of the two murderers (McCollin and Persaud) of Anna Druzhinina; a popular and loved 16-year-old Russian girl who lived in Barbados and was hanged in her home November 8, 2008.
Appeals are heard by 3 judges, including the Chief Justice. Court opens at 9AM and is open to the public. Beam wrote about the murder of her friend, Anna Druzhinina, in 2013, after the manslaughter trial of Teerath Persaud was completed and he was sentenced to 21 years of which he has now served six-and-a-half years.
Counting one year as actually only 9 months for “good behavior,” Persaud could be eligible for release in under 10 years.
BFP published the story written by Dr. Amy L. Beam in 3 parts in 2013:
Barbados murder of Russian teen Anna Druzhinina: Censorship and Travesty of Justice
The Barbados Nation News also published the story which is no longer online, but the cache is still available here: Death’s Load
Zero Transparency or Accountability from Barbados courts…
One is not permitted to take notes or record in courts in Barbados, even public criminal proceedings. The press is gagged until after the trial is over. Then one cannot get any transcripts of the proceedings, motions, and findings.
Over a year later and I am still waiting on the High Court’s registrar’s office to provide me with DPP Leacock’s recommendations for sentencing of the two murderers of Anna Druzhinina, one in 2010 and one in 2012. They got manslaughter for hanging her.
So what is the definition of transparency?
Amy L. Beam, journalist and BFP contributor
Below article originally published on February 13, 2013…
Barbados Free Press
Censorship and a Travesty of Justice
By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D
As of today, I have waited over one month for the chief registrar in the court’s registrar’s office to provide me with the written statements of DPP Leacock in the sentencing recommendations for McCollin (2010) and Persaud (2012). In common parlance, this is known as stone-walling. Silence does not mean I’m finished with this issue.
Also, I was told at the court house that Persaud is appealing his sentencing.
So Barbados is a country with complete judicial secrecy. In the courtroom I was not allowed to have paper, pen, or recording devices. Now I have been refused ALL documents relating to both of the convicted men.
“The case is over, the verdicts and sentencing have been rendered, yet the documents are being kept secret. Does Barbados seal documents after a murder or manslaughter trial? Is the international community taking…
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