Thursday 22 August, 2019

Court martial of BDF seaman adjourned

Barbados Defence Force (BDF) has advised that the court martial convened on May 8, 2019, has been adjourned until June 11, 2019.

The accused, Ordinary Seaman Tyrell Gibbons, is represented by Attorneys-at-law, Larry Smith Q.C and Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Rita Evans.

He is charged with committing a civil offence contrary to 76 (1) of the Defence Act Cap 159- wrongful communication of information contrary to Section 2 (1)(A) of the Official Secrets Act 1912, as amended by the Official Secrets Act 1920.

The case is being heard by President of the Court Martial, Lieutenant Colonel Athlene Branch, and members Lieutenant Commander Carson Hackett and Major Pedro Drakes. The Prosecutor is Lieutenant Jamar Bourne.

A second Court Martial will commence on May 27, 2019 at Hodgson Hall Conference Room, St. Ann’s Fort, The Garrison, St. Michael.

The accused is charged with two counts of communicating with the enemy contrary to Section 36 (2) of the Defence Act Cap 159; one count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline contrary to Section 75 of the Defence Act Cap 159; and one count of neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline contrary to Section 75 of the Defence Act Cap 159.

There are 20 spaces allocated to members of the public who wish to attend the Court Martial hearings. Interested persons should contact Force Adjutant, Lieutenant Commander Ryan Alleyne at 536-2341.

The BDF investigates all allegations of misconduct from its members, and will continue to hold it members to the highest standards of discipline and integrity. The alleged offences which are currently before the Courts-Martial are serious and will be treated in that manner.

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