Fernella Wedderburn, Author at Barbados Today

Author: Fernella Wedderburn

CJ wants hurricane-ready courts

The Chief Justice, a child of the 1955 hurricane, Janet, recalling fresh images of the most recent cylcone’s onslaught on a Caribbean neighbour, has declared that the judicial system he leads has not been proactive in its hurricane preparedness. And Sir Marston Gibson has announced that he is taking steps to have that rectified especially […]

Gavel to gavel

Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson has set a “two to three-year” goal to “wrestle” the approximate 1000 backlog of cases in the island’s judicial system to the ground. “We are going to have five judges to be assigned to be criminal court and . . . two additional acting judges. We have two judges who […]

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Pilgrim happy with new judges

Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim has lauded the choices of new judges to sit in the Court of Appeal and the High Court in a bid to tackle the backlog of cases in the country’s judicial system. Pilgrim who has been a strong critic of the delays in the system told Barbados TODAY he was “hopeful” […]

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Attorney jailed for stealing client’s money

Vonda Pile seriously breached the position of trust placed in her as an attorney-at-law when she stole thousands of dollars belonging to a former client and for that she will spend three years in jail. Madam Justice Pamela Beckles handed down the ruling this morning during a 15-minute sitting in the No. 5 Supreme Court […]

‘Caught in a lie’

Two years after being charged for rape an elderly man’s accuser withdrew the allegation after a DNA test proved that he was not the father of the child who was said to be a product of the alleged crime. And this has prompted attorney-at-law Damien Sands to issue a strong appeal for people to stop […]

Withdrawn

Prominent businesswoman Ram Mirchandani has withdrawn her challenge to a court order that her Casa Grande Hotel pay thousands of dollars in arrears to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA). The hotel which trades as Knitwear Ltd, at Oldbury, St Philip, had its water supply turned off since last November. Lawyers for Mirchandani yesterday withdrew an […]

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Flawed justice

The Court of Appeal has taken responsibility for “systemic failures” in the justice system but attorney-at-law Arthur Holder has described the situation as simply “woeful”. In handing down a 94-page decision today, following an over three-year delay in an appeal decision involving two Guyanese drug convicts, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson stated that the long […]

Guyanese drug convicts head home

The Court of Appeal today varied the sentences of two Guyanese drug convicts and sentenced them to time served. The order handed down by Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson saw Lemme Michael Campbell and Rohan Shastri Rambarran walking out of the Whitepark Road, Supreme Court complex, accompanied by three immigration officials and an official from […]

Storm Watch – Tropical Storm Dorian 8p.m. update

A Tropical Storm Warning in this case means that tropical storm conditions are imminent or already occurring. At 8p.m. Tropical Storm Dorian was centered near 13.0N, 59.1W which means that the center of the system is about now, passing to the south of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95km/h), with tropical-storm-force winds […]

Storm Watch – Tropical Storm Dorian 5 p.m. update

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are imminent within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours. Tropical Storm Dorian gradually approaching Barbados. At 5p.m. Tropical Storm ―Dorian was centered near 12.7N, 58.8W or about 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph […]

Man facing firearm and ammunition charges

A 34-year-old man has been charged with gun and ammunition offences. He is Darien Frederick Lester Bailey, of Lot 206 Sweet Pea Drive, South Ridge, Christ Church and South View, Christ Church. Bailey is accused of having possession of the illegal items on August 20. According to police, officers of the Anti-Gun and Gangs Unit […]

Storm Watch – Tropical Storm Dorian 2 p.m. update

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are imminent within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours. Tropical Storm Dorian continues to track west-northwestward towards Barbados. At 2p.m. Tropical Storm Dorian was centered near 12.5N, 58.3W or about 95 miles (155 km) east-southeast of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds are […]

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Christ Church man remanded on gun and ammo charges

An alleged gunman from Christ Church has been remanded to HMP Dodds. Romeldo Ricardo Mayers, 20, of Block 3D Pleasant Hall, St Matthias appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister earlier today charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition without the valid licences to do so. He was not required to plead to the indictable August […]

Storm Watch – South, east brace for ‘Dorian’

If you live in the south and east, you may already be battening down for approaching Tropical Storm Dorian following an appeal by Prime Minister Mia Mottley and other officials for residents to be prepared. Long queues and crowded aisles were found at Emerald City Supermarket in Six Roads and Popular Discounts at Kendal Hill […]

Storm Watch: Tropical Storm Dorian, 11a.m. update

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Barbados A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are imminent within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours. Tropical Storm Dorian continues to track west-northwestward while slowly strengthening. At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Dorian was centered near 12.3N, 57.7W or about 135 […]

Prison officer granted bail

Prison Officer Cathy-Ann Elizabeth Blunte was granted $2,500 bail today when she appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Ian Weeks this morning. It is alleged that the 46-year-old, of Skeetes Road, Jackmans, St Michael, on August 22, without lawful authority brought into Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds five bottles of tattoos ink, a prohibited article. She pleaded not guilty […]

Attorney bailed

Theft accused attorney Hilary Jeffery Nelson, who is facing a single charge of stealing thousands of pounds sterling from a British client, was granted his pretrial freedom today after being described as a “text book” candidate for bail. The 74-year-old Bagatelle Terrace, St Thomas resident found himself on the wrong side of the law with […]

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