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CCJ blasts Barbados over ‘cuss-out’

CCJ blasts Barbados over ‘cuss-out’
The Caribbean Court of Justice building in Trindad - FP

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The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has taken Barbados to task again for “a cuss-out in a schoolyard” landing at its steps 12 years after the accused was charged.

Earlier this month, the Trinidad-based court sent the case, involving Dottin’s Academy Incorporated versus Beverley Norville, back to the Barbados Court of Appeal, but not before once more chastising the country’s slow pace of dealing with legal matters.

Norville was charged with six offences in 2009, including use of indecent language, causing a disturbance and threatening to burn down the private school after it removed her son without returning to her the $5 000 fee.

Norville was convicted six years later in 2015, but never sentenced because she appealed and that case was heard in 2016 with a ruling four years later in 2020. The Court of Appeal, headed by then Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, found that Dottin’s Academy had no legal standing to bring charges against Norville. (MB)

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