The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Barbados, Bishop Jason Gordon, no longer has an assault charge hanging over his head.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today dismissed the case brought by Junior Blackman last December after the 41-year-old altar server voluntarily indicated that he was no longer interested in pursuing the matter.
When the case first came up for hearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court back in March, Trinidad-born Gordon had pleaded not guilty to the assault charge and was granted $3,000 bail.
Today, the Bishop’s attorney, Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC, appeared with Shelly Seecharan. Sir Richard said he was “indebted to the informant for taking the high road in this matter and not offering any evidence”.
Sir Richard also noted that both the Bishop and Blackman “had dedicated their lives to the service of the Catholic Church and for them the Church’s welfare was the paramount concern.
“In that context they met and in a spirit of brotherly love, they have reconciled and agreed to work together in the continuation of the Church’s important work,” Sir Richard said, while thanking Blackman’s attorney Vonda Pile for her cooperation and support in the matter.
On this basis, Cuffy-Sargeant dismissed the case.