A fish cleaner has been found guilty of unlawfully killing Hazel Hinds on July 13, 2006, within the territorial waters of Barbados.
Hinds died after a boat which was steered by Martin Junior Husbands struck the one he was in, off Crab Hill, St Lucy. The deceased fisherman was from the same address.
Husbands, 49, had pleaded not guilty before Justice Margaret Reifer in the No. 2 Supreme Court but a jury determined today that he was. He has been remanded.
During the trial, pathologist Dr Stephen Jones said that Hinds died from a broken neck and even though he saw no external injuries when he carried out the post-mortem on Husbands, he later found injury to the spinal column and cord. There was a separation of the bones in one area of the spine as well as a fracture.
The boat owner, Richard “Big Joe” Symmonds, said that Husbands was steering the boat on that fateful day. Although he was on it as well, he never witnessed the collision since he was in the back of the boat cutting up bait. He came out front on hearing the impact and saw Hinds swimming in the water but “going down.” He recalled Husbands getting into the water and swimming toward Hinds.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Donna Babb-Agard Q.C, represented the Crown, in association with Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney. Husbands was represented by attorneys-at-law Gregory Nicholls and Oliver Thomas.