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The List: major drug dealers in Barbados who work with corrupt police, politicians

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Drug dealers, corrupt politicians and bad cops

Who made this list?

Sheri Veronica, that’s who. And she ties it to vote buying in Barbados elections.

That woman has stones.

And she’s pretty too!

Sheri Veronica’s blog: Barbados: Bad cops, Corrupt politicians and drug lords

 

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Secret Withdrawal Of Bribery Charges Against Barbados Cop Stinks Of Corruption At The Highest Levels

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Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock has been in the news again lately – so we’ve revisited this past story of his corruption and unethical behaviours like using the police to threaten and extort a woman who owed him a private debt – and then withdrawing corruption charges against his same police friend.

Unlike the mainstream Barbados news media, the blogs don’t let unresolved news stories fade away. We’ll keep bringing this back into memory until this place cleans itself up… and until our corrupt DPP resigns.

I love my Barbados – but I hate the corrupt and incestuous cartel that seems to run everything.

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Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Barbados News Media Remains Silent

On September 16, 2008, Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn (sometimes spelled Paul Vaughan) was charged with corruptly accepting $56,500 in bribes between December 1, 2004 and April 30, 2007 from Evadney Cindy Bushell in return for protecting her from prosecution for selling pirated DVDs.

We said at the time that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock would eventually withdraw the criminal charges against his old friend, Sergeant Vaughn, because the two corrupt public employees had previously been involved together in the Ronja Juman scandal. In short, Charles Leacock had Sergeant Vaughn and his goon squad arrest Ronja Juman in the middle of the night and subject the terrified woman to a vaginal search – over back rent she owed Charles Leacock. There was no way the DPP was going to continue the prosecution of a man who was his friend and a co-conspirator…

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Report: Seven Barbados police officers arrested in drug racket

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Good for the cops for cleaning up their own mess. Will the officers ever come to trial? The record of similar arrests fading into nothing doesn’t make me an optimist…

AS MANY AS SEVEN police officers ranging in rank from special constable to sergeant, were being questioned up to late last night in connection with a suspected illegal drugs racket.

According to sources, the breakthrough started after investigators, acting on a tip-off, discovered a quantity of marijuana in the possession of one of the officers, who was subsequently taken into custody over the weekend.

… see Nation News

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Barbados Police need to watch CSI crime shows!

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“DNA evidence? Hair and semen samples? What’s that?” says the Commissioner of our Police

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In the wake of yet another world-wide embarrassment for the Royal Barbados Police Farce, Commissioner Darwin Dottin is desperately performing damage control. Again.

Dottin is becoming pretty adept at damage control: too bad he can’t devote the same amount of energy to managing major crimes – then he wouldn’t always be in this position.

This time it’s about Derick David Rudolph Crawford who languished in jail for two rapes he did not commit, or so say the two victims. Next time it will be about some other person who our police beat a confession out of or planted evidence on. It is a wonder the police bothered arresting Mr. Crawford at all but they needed a warm body to show the tourists. Crawford should consider himself lucky in some ways and don’t we all know it!

Video-taped confessions? What’s it take: a computer and an internet camera. Maybe a good old fashioned 8mm or VHS video camera, a $30 karaoke microphone on the never-never. Barbados police been talking ’bout video taping confessions for years. We’ve had studies, mentions in Parliament, statements from the COP and talk talk talk talk but never do. Why not? Police don’t want to, that’s why. Enough of the police force believe in the old way that if you beat a confession out of a man it’s still good because no man would confess to something he didn’t do. Some still believe that and they are ‘fast wit their fists and slow of their wits.’ That’s what they call them: fast fists, slow wits.

Dottin? He just need to go.

Fast.

Further Reading

Please visit The Nation to read the full article Case Study

Case Study

BY DAWNE PARRIS | TUE, DECEMBER 18, 2012 – 12:11 AM

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Darwin Dottin will today begin a series of meetings with officials within and outside the Police Force before speaking publicly on the dismissal of two rape cases against a man whose British “victims” had insisted on his innocence. Continue reading

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Barbados Police Inspector charged in court caper

Allegation: Court records shuffled about to let drug trafficker go free

Recently retired police Inspector Martin Jones was released on bail yesterday after being charged with perverting the course of justice. From the short Nation newspaper article it’s difficult to say exactly what he did, but it looks like some court files were deliberately sent to the wrong court and that drug trafficker Frederick Ryan Grant was not convicted because of this. In addition it is alleged that Jones “facilitated the process by which the order of the court for forthwith cost for trafficking was not complied with by Grant.”

Chief Justice Marston Gibson recently warned that the issue of ‘missing’ and  misplaced court files is a major problem in the Barbados courts, and in conjunction with other problems is creating chaos that threatens our international business sector.

It will be interesting to follow the Martin Jones case through court as I can’t recall ever seeing a Barbados Police Officer ever convicted of corruption offenses. They always seem to walk off free.

Further Reading

We encourage our readers to visit the websites of the Nation and the Barbados Advocate newspapers to view original articles – however we have to reprint entire articles at BFP because those two papers have a record for deleting articles and changing history to suit various government agendas.

Ex-cop on bail (read the story at The Nation here)

A retired police inspector accused of perverting the course of justice in a drug trafficking case was released on bail yesterday. Continue reading

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Zetas Drug Gang agrees with Barbados Police Commissioner: Social media, blogs, are bad!

Barbados Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin doesn’t mind telling anyone: he hates social media – Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs – all of it. Our top cop has spoken several times about his negative views on citizens who use social media, most recently a few days ago as documented at Bajan Reporter (story & video).

It looks like Commissioner Dottin has some support for his position from the murderous Zetas Drug Gang in Mexico.

The Zetas drug thugs don’t like social media either, so two days ago they murdered two bloggers and hung their bodies from a bridge to give citizens the message that using social media to communicate with each other about crime is a bad thing to do.

The bloodstained bodies of a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge in northeast Mexico Tuesday, along with threatening messages to people who report drug violence on social networks.

The messages lay near the two bodies, found half naked, alluding to websites set up for people to report drug violence in the area, police said.

“That will happen to all of them,” read the text of one message signed with the letter ‘Z’ usually associated with the Zetas drug gang.

… from the AFP story Hanging corpses carry threat to Mexico Internet users

Yup, both the Zetas Drug Gang and our Commissioner of Police recognize that social media helps to make their organisations accountable in society. Facebook, Twitter, blogs and discussion forums empower ordinary folks and makes it impossible for those in power to do what they want in secret. The drug gangs and the police can intimidate the news media and individual citizens – but they can’t stop anonymous social media from fairly revealing and criticizing abuses of power, corruption, incompetence, failures and the use of violence by gang members and police officers.

“Like the Zetas Drug Gang, Police Commissioner Dottin hates the lack of control over what people talk about on social media.”

Commissioner Dottin’s police officers have arrested journalists for reporting on police activities, roughed them up, seized cameras, erased videos and covered up police corruption. Barbados police of all ranks regularly intimidate the local news media – but they can’t intimidate anonymous citizens who responsibly use social media and the internet. Like the Zetas Drug Gang, Police Commissioner Dottin hates that lack of control over what people talk about on social media.

Barbados Commissioner of Police remains silent about police corruption revealed on social media

While we’re at it, we’ll reprint this September 10, 2010 invitation to Commissioner Dottin that lists some of the serious police abuses and corruption we’ve spoken about at BFP. So far Commissioner Dottin remains silent, except for his slamming of social media.

Dear Commissioner Dottin,

During your recent press conference, you alluded not only to a recent BFP story, but also to past internet “rumours” as you call them. In light of this we thought we’d mention a few of our previous articles and see if you could clarify the facts for Barbados citizens about police stories that the regular news media either wouldn’t cover or allowed to fade away unresolved.

Sir, this is your chance to specifically address anything that Barbados Free Press has ever printed about you or the RBPF (or anything else) and to speak directly to the same audience without our interference.

Commissioner Dottin, we promise that we will prominently post anything you write to us – unedited and without our comments. If you think any of our stories are inaccurate, upon your request we’ll post your response right with the story so everyone can read it. All we ask is that you send us an email from your RBPF email so we know it’s really you.

And, if there are serious errors in any of our stories, we promise we’ll make changes and publicly apologise to you, the RBPF and any officers we mentioned in the stories.

Here are some of the issues and our related stories that you might like to address. Please feel free to mention any others as well.

1. Bribery and corruption charges dropped against RBPF Sgt. Paul Vaughan (Vaughn) without explanation.

2. Barbados Police outright refusal to investigate arson, and threats of death, arson and rape against foreign investor and hotel owner Adrian Loveridge and his wife.

3. The Royal Barbados Police Force hired corrupt Florida Sheriff Ken Jenne and his associates to provide training and equipment to our police officers. This corrupt bunch got mixed up in kickbacks, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering – some of it in relation to work done for the RBPF.

4. Passersby and innocent people shot by Barbados Police officers.

5. Police Sargeant Paul Vaughan (Vaughn) collecting unpaid rent for Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock. A blank, pre-signed search warrant was used, and a woman’s vagina was searched for back-rent money.

6. Refusal of Barbados Police to investigate violent threats against witnesses in trial.

7. Failure of Barbados Police to implement a zero tolerance policy on spousal abuse, and to take spousal abuse seriously.

8. Failure of the Barbados Police to stop the Boscobel Road Toll Gang.

9. Failure of Barbados Police to uphold the law at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary & RAMSAR protected wetlands.

10. Barbados Police are a law unto themselves in respect of wiretapping phone calls. There are no controls and no oversight by the judiciary or any independent body.

Here’s the list again with links to our stories… >>> Continue reading

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Was Barbados denied DVD Region 1 Status because of Police Corruption?

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Barbados Police Intellectual Property investigator took $56,500 in bribes while US Embassy wondered why no enforcement!

WikiLeaks US Embassy Cable: Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Vaughan “limited success” stopping pirated DVDs, Intellectual Property

Two years before corrupt Sergeant Paul Vaughan of the Barbados Police Copyright Infringement Unit was arrested and charged with taking bribes to allow a counterfeit DVD “pirate” to operate, a US Embassy cable lamented the fact that he and the Barbados Police were unsuccessful in stopping the blatant copying of intellectual property like movie and music DVDs.

“Although he appears committed to his work, Vaughan has had limited success stopping IPR violators. Local music is often available only in pirated form and video store employees blatantly copy tapes behind the counter during working hours. Hopefully, the USPTO training will encourage Vaughan in his fight to better enforce IPR in Barbados.”

February 3, 2006 WikiLeaks US Embassy Cable:  06BRIDGETOWN232 (full text at end of post)

The frustration of US Ambassador Mary Kramer is plain throughout the February 3, 2006 cable. It looks like it never occurred to her that the reason why no enforcement was happening was that the DVD pirates were paying off the very police officer in charge of copyright violations!

Almost two years later on November 13, 2007 another US Embassy cable repeated the frustration…

“the government needs to improve its enforcement of the anti-piracy laws. For example, shops openly sell and rent pirated CDs, videos, and DVDs.”

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Sgt. Paul Vaughan arrested, charges later dropped by friend

Then in September 2008 the news broke that Sgt. Vaughan had been arrested and charged with with corruptly accepting $56,500 in bribes between December 1, 2004 and April 30, 2007 from Evadney Cindy Bushell in return for protecting her from prosecution for selling pirated DVDs.

Please note the very specific amount of bribe money that was said to have been paid over several years. They didn’t pull that figure from a hat, you know.

As we predicted at the time, Charles Leacock, our corrupt Director of Public Prosecutions later withdrew all charges against his friend Paul Vaughan and that was the end of that. An insider source even told us ahead of time that the charges would be dropped when things quieted down. (See our MUST-READ STORIES here, here and here).

By some strange coincidence, the corrupt Barbados news media seems to have removed all news of Vaughan’s bribery charges from the internet. What a surprise!

As to the result of the DVD Piracy charges against the shopkeeper, Evadney Cindy Bushell, well – we can’t find any record of those charges anywhere. Again, what a surprise!

Commissioner of Police Dottin remains silent amidst the stench of corruption

We can’t find anything to indicate what happened to Bushell’s DVD Piracy charges, so we’ll speculate that the charges were dropped in a tit-for-tat deal so Sgt. Vaughan could be set free too. That’s justice in Barbados for you… you’re okay if you have an ace up your sleeve – but it doesn’t look good to the rest of the world. If that’s not the way it happened, perhaps Commission of Police Dottin can finally explain to the public what did happen. (We’ll print his response unedited right here. We’re waiting, Sir!)

Corruption has consequences: Barbados wanted a change to DVD Zone 1 – DENIED

Barbados DVD players are “officially” set to Zone 4 (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and much of Oceania) but let’s face it, most homes have a Zone 1 player.

According to a WikiLeaks cable, Stuart Mottley led a group to Washington to ask for a change to Zone 1 (USA, Canada, Bermuda). The request was obviously denied and we have to wonder…

Was Barbados denied DVD Zone 1 Status because of corruption by Sergeant Paul Vaughan and the Barbados Police Copyright Infringement Unit?

“According to Vaughan, Stuart Mottley, brother of Barbados Attorney General Mia Mottley, led a group of Barbadians to Washington to lobby the MPAA for Barbados to be in Region 1 for DVD sales (same as the U.S.) instead of Region 4 (Latin America). (Note: To protect Hollywood’s system of varying theatrical release dates by country, DVD players and disks are restricted by geographical region. A movie that is out on DVD in the U.S. may have just been released in movie theaters in Europe. Ensuring that DVDs only function in their intended region helps movie studios maximize profits and avoid a situation where a new movie is simultaneously in the theater and available on DVD. End Note.) According to an American who owns a movie theater in Barbados, most people on the island own Region 1 DVD players so restricting DVD imports to Region 4 limits the legitimate DVD sales market.”

… from the WikiLeaks US Embassy Cable February 3, 2006 WikiLeaks  06BRIDGETOWN232

Full cable published below. >>>>>> Continue reading

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Private Conversation at the 175th Anniversary Church service of the Royal Barbados Police Force

Updated: December 29, 2010

An end of year reminder to our police, government and professional news media: Just because you ignore a story or let an unresolved issue drop, it doesn’t mean that Bajans don’t remember. With every new incident your credibility erodes a little more.

At the end of 2010, ordinary Bajans generally view their police, government and news media as unreliable and suspect. Will the situation improve during 2011? That’s up to the police, government and news media.

Another news story hidden from the citizens of Barbados…

On September 16, 2008, Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn (sometimes spelled Paul Vaughan) was charged with corruptly accepting $56,500 in bribes between December 1, 2004 and April 30, 2007 from Evadney Cindy Bushell in return for protecting her from prosecution for selling pirated DVDs.

We said at the time that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock would eventually withdraw the criminal charges against his old friend, Sergeant Vaughn, because the two corrupt public employees had previously been involved together in the Ronja Juman scandal. Continue reading

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Barbados Police Allow Thieves To Take Home Stolen Fish – No Charges

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GRAEME HALL NATURE SANCTUARY, INC.

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MONDAY, August 24, 2009
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Poachers Caught and Released by Police

On Saturday, August 15, 2009, a group of about 15 fisherman were found in the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary fishing illegally for its rare tarpon, the largest and most popular exhibit fish in the Graeme Hall wetland.  Five of the “ringleader” fishermen were caught and questioned by police and Sanctuary security personnel as the other ten fled.

Another incident like this happened in late March of this year.  In both instances police were called, but there was no immediate response, and insistent follow up requests by Sanctuary staff had to be made before they came.

As of Friday, August 21, police had not made any arrests or brought charges in either case, and in fact had allowed the fishermen to leave the Sanctuary with all of the dead tarpon.

According to Peter Allard, owner of the Sanctuary, the value and integrity of the Sanctuary investment depend on enforced protections of wildlife inventory.   The long term health of the Sanctuary also depends on the enforcement of Barbados’ pollution and other environmental laws within the Graeme Hall wetland and contiguous lands.

To protect his investment, Mr. Allard is making a formal request to the Government of Barbados that immediate criminal trespass, theft, and related environmental poaching charges be brought against all future violators and the ringleaders of the last trespass be immediately notified of this proposed action.

Allard noted that it is also an issue of protecting the last remaining biological reserves of Barbados.  This wildlife is part of Barbados’ natural heritage within the OS2 Natural Heritage Conservation Area, and is part of the international Convention on Wetlands Multilateral Environmental Agreement (RAMSAR) to which Barbados is a party.

The Sanctuary is also calling upon the Ministry of Environment and all conservation groups to increase their efforts to educate the mainstream public about the seriousness of wildlife and habitat protection in Barbados.

The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary occupies 35 acres of the 81 acre RAMSAR wetland at Graeme Hall.  The RAMSAR designation is associated with the 1971 RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands Treaty for internationally significant areas of biodiversity.

More information about the Sanctuary can be found at www.graemehall.com.

BFP Editor’s Note: The above media release was printed exactly as received via email from the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. Our previous articles about the lack of police response to crimes committed against the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary can be found at…

August 19, 2009: Barbados Police Again Fail To Uphold Law At Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary & RAMSAR Protected Wetlands

April 1, 2009: Barbados Advocate Covers Up Police Failure To Respond To Theft, Gunshots At Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

March 30, 2009: Another Reason Why Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin Should Be Fired – Police Again Fail To Answer Call For Help

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Barbados Police Again Fail To Uphold Law At Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary & RAMSAR Protected Wetlands

Barbados Deliberately Neglects Enforcement of Wildlife Laws on RAMSAR Treaty Protected Wetlands

On Saturday August 15, Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary personnel reported at least 15 people boldly fishing in broad daylight from the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary boardwalk.

The Royal Barbados Police Force were called but as usual they didn’t respond for hours. I guess the sanctuary people should feel honoured the police arrived at all because back in March the police didn’t bother coming and the staff had to go to the station to file a report even though gunshots and threats were part of the story. (See BFP’s Barbados Police Again Fail To Answer Call For Help)

So last Saturday when the police didn’t arrive for hours, staff eventually triggered the alarm to involve the private security company employed by Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.

Finally two police officers and two armed security guards arrived and caught the thieves red handed. Most of them ran off toward the end of the GHNS boardwalk towards the Migratory Bird Exhibit.  The last group who were the ones caught were older, and it is believed they are the ringleaders.

No Arrests, No Charges

According to our source, the police only warned the thieves that it was private property and told them they were not allowed to fish. This was despite the fact that the Graeme Hall staff informed police that they wanted the perpetrators arrested and charged.

The tarpon that the thieves were taking are not good eating because the waters of the ponds are polluted due to the government’s refusal to maintain the sluice gate that controls the flow of tidal water in and out of the wetlands.   GHNS staff members believe that the thieves may have been after the tarpons’ large and shiny scales which can be used to make jewelry.

Barbados Environment Disaster

Typical Lazy Police Officers or Police Carrying Out A Political Agenda?

Why did the police not arrest and/or charge the thieves? Were they being lazy or does it go much deeper than that?

There are powerful and corrupt people who want to see the end of the nature sanctuary and wetlands so they can profit from commercial development at Graeme Hall. This was true of the previous BLP government and it is true of the current David Thompson DLP government.

The current DLP government even changed the law to remove protection from two thirds of the Graeme Hall parkland. This change to allow commercial development on the parkland was initiated by the Owen Arthur government, but when Arthur was defeated, the DLP passed the legislation anyway because now their DLP friends (like Leroy Parris) would profit from the environmental rape!

You owe it to yourself and your children to read our background story Barbados Government Steals 2/3 Of Parkland For Developer Friends – Graeme Hall Environmental Disaster Continues

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What Happened To Bribery Charges Against Corrupt Barbados Police Officer – Paul Vaughn – Vaughan?

“The case against Sergeant Vaughn will be officially discontinued shortly…”

… Information provided to Barbados Free Press from a previously-reliable source.

Criminal Charges Against Corrupt Cop Made To Disappear?

Back on September 18, 2008 we told you how Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Vaughan (sometimes spelled Vaughn) was charged with taking $56,500 dollars in bribes to not prosecute a pirate DVD vendor. Vaughan was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. (BFP article: Corrupt Director Of Public Prosecutions Must Now Prosecute His Corrupt Police Friend For Accepting Bribes!!!)

We predicted at the time that the charges would fade into nothing until they died a natural death because of the special relationship between the crooked cop and the Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Charles Leacock – who in his private life is also a landlord.

Now an anonymous source who provided BFP with accurate information on multiple occasions in the past, informs us that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock made an order dropping all charges against Sergeant Paul Vaughn / Vaughan about two weeks ago. The source also says that the case will by officially discontinued shortly – but ever so quietly – at an opportune time.

Although this is an anonymous source and we still caution everyone to take any anonymous claims with a grain of salt, if it turns out to be for true, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least.

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan - Vaughn (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Why did Barbados Free Press predict that charges against Sgt. Vaughan / Vaughn would fade into nothing?

When one of Charles Leacock’s tenants couldn’t pay her rent, Sergeant Vaughan acted as strong arm muscle to collect the debt. As seen in the Ronja Juman case, Sgt. Vaughan would do pretty much anything to collect the money for his friend the Director of Public Prosecutions. When blocking the tenant’s car in her driveway didn’t work, Sgt. Vaughan paid a little visit to her son at school. When the tenant surrendered some jewelery, but DPP Leacock wanted more, the Sergeant conducted a middle-of-the-night terror raid on Ronja Juman’s sleeping family and then dragged her off to the police station for a vaginal search. No… Sgt. Vaughan had no expectation of finding either the back-rent money or the rental contract in Mrs. Juman’s vagina – it was all about terror, pressure and squeezing the money out of Mr. Leacock’s former tenant.

The court documents that show this to be true are posted online for all to see. You can view them in the BFP stories linked below.

January 30, 2008: The Strange Disappearing Court Cases Of Barbados – And How The News Media Keeps Silent

December 17, 2008: Was Corrupt Barbados Police Sargeant Paul Vaughan Extorting Bribes From Codrington Family’s DVD Store?

November 5, 2007: We Publish All The Documents: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal

October 12, 2007: Barbados Police Given Blank, Pre-Signed Search Warrants By Corrupt, Lazy Judiciary

September 24, 2007: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – Ordered Police Thuggery Over His Tenant’s Unpaid Rent – Night Raid, Woman Strip Searched Over Unpaid Rent!

Cop Charged With Accepting Bribes
Nation News, September 17, 2008

A POLICE SERGEANT who was once attached to the Copyright Infringement Unit appeared in District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with accepting bribes and perverting the course of justice.

Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn, 37, of Durette Gardens, Gemswick, St Philip, was released with a surety of $50 000 bail and has been ordered to hand over his travel documents to the court as part of his bail.

He will also be reporting to Oistins Police Station every Tuesday and Friday until his return to court on November 11.

Vaughn was not required to plead to the charge that being a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force, he did corruptly receive $56,500 for himself between December 1, 2004, and April 30, 2007, from Evadney Cindy Bushell as a fee or reward for forbearing to prosecute her for infringement of the Copyright Act.

He was also charged that with intent to pervert the course of justice, he committed a series of acts which tended to pervert the course of public justice in that he received various sums totalling $56,000 to protect Bushell from prosecution for Copyright infringement.

In May 2007, Bushell, 43, a business owner of 120 Maynards Road, St Peter, appeared before the Bridgetown Traffic Court, charged with knowingly for sale DVD copies of the movie Spiderman 3 which she knew or had reason to believe were infringing the movie’s copyright.

The wheelchair-bound woman is free on bail.

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Another Reason Why Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin Should Be Fired – Police Again Fail To Answer Call For Help

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How Many “Barbados Police Don’t Come” Stories Can You Tell? Here’s Another…

GRAEME HALL NATURE SANCTUARY INC

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Bridgetown, Barbados
MONDAY, March 30, 2009
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Sanctuary Threatened

[ Bridgetown , BARBADOS ]   Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary officials reported that a group of eight (8) men were caught stealing wildlife inside the RAMSAR wetland site on Sanctuary lands.

Police were called when the trespass was discovered last Wednesday, but there was no response.  The men continued to stay through the afternoon, while Sanctuary employees tried to calm the situation.

One employee reported that one of the men made personally threatening gestures as if he had a gun, and within the hour gunshots were heard coming from the Amity Lodge side of the wetland where the men were last seen.

The area is recognized by the international Convention on Wetlands as an area of significant biological importance.  Both the Government of Barbados and the Sanctuary own the lands within the RAMSAR site.

After taking an estimated 100 tilapia, the intruders told a Sanctuary worker that they had a right to access and fish in the RAMSAR-protected wetland since Government had announced a Bds $1.0 million budget for it.

Police and Defence Force patrols of the RAMSAR site have stopped since the Sanctuary closed in December of last year.  Authorities have not explained why this has happened.

There is deep concern that environmental pollution and other problems are escalating because of a lack of enforcement of environmental law in and around the Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetland.

“This is but one present-day example of a major threat to the wetland and the Sanctuary,” said one official.  “If a thousand people came to take what they want, there would be nothing left.  The wetland and the Sanctuary absolutely depend on legal and environmental protections from Government.”

A police report was filed on Thursday at the Worthing Police Station.

Barbados Free Press Take…

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary filed a report with the police? Waste of paper.

If anything the report should have been for Neglect By Police, but unfortunately that’s not a crime in Barbados – its a way of life.

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