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Three freed

THANK YOU JESUS! Those were the words of Gloria Furlonge yesterday as she held her brother Trevor Foster who was released after more than 24 years behind bars.Foster was also greeted by (from left) Sylvia Grechia (partly hidden), Terrell Grechia and brother Everton Collymore. FREE AS A BIRD: Joseph Jackman (left) was all smiles as he walked out of prison to meet this relative, who broke down in tears of joy yesterday. Hallam Benjamin walked out of Dodds Prisons with just a few personal items before driving away with family yesterday.

Fri, November 30, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Three men, whose death sentences for murder were commuted to life imprisonment, walked out of Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds as free men yesterday.

Trevor Foster, Hallam Benjamin and Joseph Jackman pushed the small gate at the prisons entrance just before noon and walked to freedom.

Within a minute of his exit, Trevor Foster, who was behind bars for more than 24 of his 57 years told of other men he thought deserved to be set free.

Foster said he was glad to be free, but was worried about at least six other inmates who are on remand.

“They have not been convicted or sentenced for any crime, but remain in jail,” he stated.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 10 months ago
Crime pays. Handsomely.
Ask these guys.

Laughing out loud at our Justice System.

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Posted by Snow Cone 1 year, 10 months ago
What about the victims?

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Posted by Orange Peel 1 year, 10 months ago
No man that kills another man or woman or child except in self defense should have his life spared.
The person that he killed would have pleaded with him to spare his or her life but he just killed them.
Why then should he think that he deserves to live. The Lord gives life and it is he only that knows when one will die.
I would go further and state that if it was left to me, any person that kills another one (again except in self defense) it should become mandatory that they pay that person"s burial expenses. After all they wanted the person dead so why should the families be burdened with unexpected expenses.
These criminals know that they can kill you, spend some time in jail and then fight all the courts of appeal to have they sentence changed. By this time they would have been incarcerated for about two decades and then it is time to be freed.
No one remembers the victim or their family.
It is about time this foolishness stop !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by sonia callender 1 year, 10 months ago
Somebody help me out here...who did they kill...and why are they out?...the online version is a very poor summary and says nothing....why are these people free? Is it for good behaviour, over crowding, good lawyers on the murderers side and the victims family too poor to hire a lawyer and have a say on these appeals... You've got to be kidding me... when not 1, or 2 but 3 murderers are let loose on the streets of beautiful Barbados... somebody wrong!
God bless Bim on this independence day!

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Posted by Pink Patterns 1 year, 10 months ago
From what I have read so far no one is will to support the three gentlemen who were released from prison for the crimes they have committed. So already barriers are beginning to build for them. I am hoping that the prison service, social worker and those involved have provided them with coping skills to deal with all the psychological and emotional stuff they will have to endure. Good luck to them.
I trust that families of the victims have healed enough to forgive them, as holding on to the past will only prevent them from moving forward with they lives. holding on the anger, unforgiveness and bitterness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to keel over and die. If it was your son, brother,father, nephew that was walking out the prison doors, would you not want someone to offer you(then) support? If it was someone related to you would you not be happy that they were getting they freedom? Does the government of Barbados have the funds to support these three aging men in prison? Are you willing to pay their medical expenses,clothing, toiletries, education, food and what ever else they need or is it time that they be freed and go look for honest work to support themselves? We always complain about "de men up in dey that living of de tax payers money". One more thing, two were freed early last year after serving long sentences in prison, i am just wondering have they committed any other crimes? Are they faces all over the newspapers? Shit happens. This is just me looking at it from it different point of view, I am not judging anyone. We are free to share our views.

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Posted by sonia callender 1 year, 10 months ago
Pink Patterns, you know what I think about your comment...honest hard working men and women of Barbados cannot find jobs...letting these 3 men out just mean that they will end up on welfare or doing criminal acts to get by, because believe me, when employers find out that they are murderers, they are not going to hire them and rightfully so - they did the crime, but didn't do the time...and yes, we can forgive, but people still need to be punished for the crimes they commit and if they got sentenced for life, life they should've done.. and by the way, you for one pink patterns is not going to hire them to sweep your me... because you will be the first one to think that you ent letting no murderer in your yard...

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