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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.
Minister of Transportation and Works Michael Lashley has called for a review of the Bail Act to deny bail to those who have been accused of murder.
Lashley, who is also an attorney, was speaking at the launch of the Grassfield/Duncans Neighbourhood Watch in St Philip over the weekend.
He said it was a personal view and acknowledged he would get “some flak” for it, but the Minister said murder-accused should not be on the list.
Here are some of the reactions by online readers.
Peter Quintyne: Hope his views don’t change next couple of years when he’s arguing for bail for a client who has paid him 20 or 30k.
Caroca Cabrinie: Good idea and we also need to go back to the Bible days and start stoning.
Lana Headley-Robinson: That is a good thought always wondered why individuals facing murder charges or attempted murder charges would be given bail considering how long they take to go trial in Barbados
Ace Beckles: As much as I don’t like killers on the street you cannot assume everyone charged with a crime is guilty. Leave it to the courts Minister Lashley.
Martyn Ackee Tree: When he is no longer looking for cheap points to make and returns to reality, I wonder how he is going to feel that in his cheap attempt to get noticed he is suggesting that murder is the only crime that you are guilty until proven innocent when our judicial system has always assumed the opposite.
Orville Hall: A simple accusation should not be enough to deny him/her bail … The courts must look at the totality of the situation, and come to a reasonable conclusion about whether or not to grant bail to an accused individual..
Andrew Power: Took them long enough... Common sense delayed is never common sense denied.
Lance Skeete: This must be the only good thing I ever heard you say. And I agree with you a 100%. Now let us put [it] into action.
Russ Orford: This is a good idea. However we cannot hold people in prison for four to eight years on remand and then finding out they are not guilty. The court system is too slow and the reason in many cases is the lawyers and the police not having their act together.
Toni Beckles: So will the bail of those who rape, especially who rape the underaged, be “re-examined” also?
David E Hall: Murder? When last was anyone tried for murder really? Almost all murder charges seem to end up as manslaughter.
Tanya Perry: Guess he forgets he will not always be a minister and as a lawyer he will need business.
Tonyette Sharpe: Bail is not granted to persons charged with murder in T&T (Trinidad and Tobago). Good idea for Barbados.