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Only seven years for child sex assault to come to trial – Barbados Child Care Board worker found “not guilty” by jury

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Child sex assault took only seven years to get to trial

At least we’re making progress. I guess. But maybe no progress because the Pastor Jippy Doyle child rape trial took seven years to start and that was years ago with nothing getting better.

Bajans have seen child sex charges delayed for ten and eleven years, and then binned for lack of timely trials. (See Another child rapist goes free and No trial for ten years) We’ve seen a dangerous driving death charge take eleven years to come to trial, with the accused ZR driver having 197 prior driving convictions! Or how about a condo dispute taking nineteen years in courts.

Today’s story is about an accused who did not come to trial for seven years on child sex charges. Any way you look at it, that’s not proper justice for anybody… 

THE MAN WHO had pleaded his innocence for the past seven years was freed of an indecent assault charge this evening.

Clifton Wycliffe Mottley, a 52-year-old general worker of the Child Care Board, was accused of indecently assaulting a seven-year-old girl, by slapping her on her buttocks and rubbing her vagina at a flea market of the Church Village New Testament Church of God in St Philip, on October 27, 2007.

The girl, along with her mother and three other Crown witnesses had testified against Mottley, while evidence and his own statement from the dock showed that he had insisted on his innocence from the day after the alleged incident until today. When the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” after deliberating for 90 minutes, Justice Margaret Reifer told the Chapel Land, St Philip man, “a jury of your peers has acquitted you.You are free to go.”

… read the whole story at The Nation News

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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
@ BFP

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

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Justice Now! calls public meeting tonight about delayed justice in Barbados

Justice Now!

The public is invited – especially persons with unresolved cases before the courts of Barbados for five years or more – to a meeting at St. Mary’s School.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 – 7pm – St. Mary’s School

You are requested to bring a photocopy of the court docuemtn shwing the case number and the year filed.

Call 423-6126 for further information.

Bro. Courtney Selman of Prayer Warriors International will bless the gathering.

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