Soldier dismissed from BDF
SOLDIER TIMOTHY BANCROFT was instantly dismissed from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) today after facing an internal court on three charges.
Yesterday, Private Bancroft admitted to two of three charges when his High Court-equivalent trial continued at the BDF Headquarters, St Ann’s Fort, St Michael.
He was released from his post with immediate effect for escaping custody from within St Ann’s Fort’s barracks, around 8:44 p.m. on November 28, 2013. The former soldier was also severely reprimanded for disobeying the Force Headquarters’ Orders by boarding a public service vehicle outside the BDF’s headquarters, an act considered to be contrary to the Standing Orders.
On the third charge of theft of a camouflage outfit which belonged to one of his fellow army men, for which Bancroft stood trial and was found guilty, he was fined 56 days’ pay.
Private Bancroft was represented by Sub Lieutenant Rita Evans and Captain Randolph Clarke, while Captain Sandra Blackman and Captain Julia DaBreo prosecuted during the hearing.
Magistrate Major Christopher Birch and his panel of Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Ryan Alleyne, Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Wesley Belle, Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Derrick Brathwaite and Sub-Lieutenant Jerome Belle determined the matter.
Last December, Lance Corporal Pamela Cox was found guilty of misbehaviour in what was then the BDF’s first court martial in 16 years.
She was sentenced to seven days’ detention in an army cell after the court heard that she was seen on Kadooment Day at the corner of Brighton and Black Rock, St Michael, “displaying conduct which was not in keeping with her status” while on extended sick leave.
However, due to health problems, she was to spend that time in the health services department.