The country’s principal legal officer has backed a call by the Barbados Police Association (BPA) for bail for their colleague, Constable Everton Gittens, who has been charged with murder.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today criticized the continued detention of the police officer while other offenders such as “Lord Evil” was being granted bail.
Gittens, of Dash Gap, Bank Hall, St Michael was charged with the murder of Selwyn Blues Knight on March 15, last year, wounding Knight’s son Junior Knight with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him as well as recklessly engaging in conduct which placed Junior Knight in danger of death or serious bodily harm, on the same date.
In an address to the BPA, Brathwaite said he did not want to offend Knight’s family members, but “if you, for example, can release on bail someone who names himself Lord Evil, I see no reason why you cannot release Constable Gittens on bail.
“And I am not saying that because it sounds good; because the Commissioner Acting [Tyrone Griffith] would tell you that I have said on more than one occasion how sad I am that I’m sitting seeing others being released on bail and we have this chap allegedly in solitary confinement for his own protection. It is not a situation that I support, but again, it is not within my power,” the legal representative of the Crown said.
Brathwaite revealed his position on the matter after a “highly offended” BPA President Mervin Grace had complained that it was “heart wrenching, frustrating and demoralizing” that Gittens, who has been held since April 2015, remained behind bars.
“We are highly offended by his incarceration, especially in light of the fact that persons who are accused of murder in this country and have been granted bail before committing other offences, they are given conditions of bail and the same cannot be given for a respected, dedicated and competent member of the Royal Barbados Police Force,” Grace said at the association’s annual general meeting held at Prince Cave Hall at District A Police Station.
He told members that this state of affairs suggested that the people who the police protect and serve with their lives thought very little of the officers and their contribution to society.