Mark Goodridge named Queen’s Counsel Barbados
Mark Goodridge mugshot
Barbados Lawyer Wanted For Beating Of Teen – Thoughts Of Racial Tension, White Privilege & Black Attitudes
Customer heading off to Miami thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 15, 2015 – The Barbados grand prize winner in CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s recent “Give More, Get More” promotion is looking forward to enjoying a trip for two to Miami.
Mark Goodridge, 62, was presented with his prize recently at the bank’s Warrens branch. Recalling how he reacted to news of the win, Mr. Goodridge said, “I was very shocked because I never expected to win, to tell you the truth. I did know there was a competition but I didn’t know what the prizes were.”
The long-standing customer said that he finds the bank’s credit card products easy to use. “They are also accepted wherever you go, which is a big plus.”
Mr. Goodridge, an attorney-at-law, isn’t sure when he will take his trip to Miami but said that he and his wife were looking forward to visiting three grandchildren there. Along with the trip for two, Mr. Goodridge also received hotel accommodation and US$500 spending money. He thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for the “courtesies it had extended over the years.”
Our police should be dismantling the gang leadership, not giving them status.
by Passin Thru
I read in the Nation that the police are brokering a meeting between the leaders of two rival gangs, to arrange a ‘truce’.
This is a huge mistake by the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The gangs are fighting over criminal profits and turf, areas of influence and gang status in the community. Any truce would have to involve establishing geographical boundaries for gang activities. After all, it’s a turf fight about criminal profits. What are the police thinking?
Are the police going to broker a deal where gang members stay in one are to work their crimes, and not interfere with the next gang’s turf?
This is a huge mistake that gives status to gang leaders and gangs, and unfortunately shows how impotent the police have become in the face of a crime wave the likes of which this island has never seen before. Guns, Guns Guns and our police strategy is to assist gangs to carve up territories? This is INSANE!
Our police should be causing havoc in the gangs, arresting the leaders and making criminals fear extra police attention that gang membership brings. Our police should be dismantling the gang leadership, not giving them status.
From the Nation…
AFFECTING A TRUCE between the leaders of two gangs is high on the agenda for community policing.
Head of the Chapman Lane and New Orleans Mobile Unit Sergeant Jamal Mohan said the two men are known to have a major influence on the youth of the area. Mohan was speaking earlier today at the launch of the second phase of the Reading and Learning in Harmony programme which is being done in conjunction with the Pan-American International Insurance Corporation. He said the truce would redound to making the community safer. (YB)
Nation: Police want truce between gang leaders
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
“The police said I might not be able to see my son if I pursued charges.”
special by Dentella Dorma Marie Hoyos
I once loved the little Rock but after being raped here literally and figuratively it has changed for me. I have kept so much pain buried inside and at some point you become like a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker blows a gasket. The water is boiling and those boils are tears of a tormented traumatized soul.
I never like to talk about this but will shortly after I was separated from my husband in Barbados. I watched my mother die suddenly in front of me in a home utilities some were turned off. Doctor Richard Corbin in his own words. “Mrs. Hoyos has been under tremendous stress and the sudden death of her mother is related to her divorce.”
Then after my mom died which was the first devastating blow of many. I was dealt another blow. As I was left to fend for myself . I hired some workers to do work on the beach home. I paid them what they asked and they worked late one evening. They knew I lived alone and my boyfriend was gone. I went to rest as I had hired them for a week. I was subsequently assaulted in the very home that I am in now. I had a boyfriend at the time that was supportive and comforting after this hellish ordeal. I can’t believe I am one of those one in four women stats but I am.
I often tried so hard to bury that pain and it comes back when I least expect it and like flood gates of hells fires have been opened. With the help of this boyfriend ( We ) found one of my attackers. He can confirm this and would and has and remains a close friend. The police said I might not be able to see my son if I pursued charges. Documented. I was so confused. What do I do? Catch 22… do I bring justice and not see my son. What was I to blame that I hired some bad workers? Unknowingly recommended to me, this what is being laid at me.
So somewhere my attackers are walking free… Free to harm again. Free to hurt another’s heart. For any tears any woman has if she is assaulted and I did not get them locked up I feel just as much at fault and blame. If I had only been stronger and had the courage and conviction to pursue a criminal case.
… continue reading the story of this courageous woman at Sheri Veronica’s blog Raped, beaten and robbed in Barbados
Recipe for Social Disaster
Combine a broken court system with understaffed, under-trained & underfunded police force. Throw in some crook politicians, a general rise in societal violence, and mass unemployment.
Bake for a year in the hot Bajan sun. Top with some drug profits and rum.
It’s a wonder that the Royal Barbados Police Force was able to hold the serious crimes rise to only 14% over 2014.
Lord, we better get some mass job creation ’bout this place and soon.
Nation: Police chief confirms rise in crime against Bajans
“The bottom line is that we were terrified, and vowed never to explore anywhere near that part of the island again.”
Comment on TripAdvisor by Canadian tourist MelvaOntario_Canada, January 8, 2015
“Just got back from an amazing trip to Barbados. The only negative part was that we ran into the Boscobel toll gang. Reading some of the accounts I have read online, I think we got off pretty lightly, but it was still a pretty scary experience. Steer clear of Boscobel unless you want to get mugged!”
Comment on TripAdvisor by UK tourist wintersun2010, June 27, 2012
“This has been happening in Barbados for many years. It happened to us near north point in St Lucy same thing, road closed etc. Lost money and a camera.”
Comment on TripAdvisor by UK tourist footychick, June 18, 2009
Barbados Police helpless to stop Boscobel Toll Gang
The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” has been terrorizing and extorting tourists and outsiders for at least ten years. Thousands of tourists have been accosted and frightened into paying money to pass.
Hotels and car hire agencies regularly warn tourists to avoid the Boscobel area, lest the tourists be frightened when the gang blocks the road and demands money to pass. As they do each and every day at the “TEE” intersection.
These thugs have been subjects of discussions at Trip Advisor and other travel forums for a full ten years. Writing to a Canadian tourist in 2010, Prime Minister David Thompson declared the matter closed, telling the tourist “I believe that this matter has been investigated and I have certainly received no other negative reports.”
The Prime Minister unfortunately was either uninformed or shining on the Canadian – because Toll Gang activity continued and grew.
Boscobel, Barbados – home turf of the Boscobel Toll Gang Continue reading
Dear Barbados Free Press,
Or should I say “Dear Lord, OH LORD!”
Is there something I’m missing about living on this rock? Have you ever seen and heard of so much violence?
Neipaul Trotman (above) is shot and murdered at Fitts Beach in broad daylight at 11am while playing with his infant son. A dozen tourists witness his execution. Then a day or two later Cyprian Payne was sleeping when somebody firebombed the home. The man comes out to fight the fire and is shot numerous times, and is hanging onto his life by a thread at the hospital.
We built a pedestrian overpass at The Pine so that folks could safely cross the ABC highway and now thugs are throwing concrete building blocks onto the vehicles below. There have been several serious incidents and injured motorists.
A week ago Dwayne Johnson was traveling in a ZR van when he had words with another man. Only words. That man shot him in the back right in the ZR van!
Am I going crazy, or is this island going crazy? It never used to be like this.