Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

BDF Media Release| May 21

Photography: BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force wishes to advise that the Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves has been adjourned and has not been dismissed.

The Convening Officer, The Chief of Staff – Colonel Glyne Grannum is currently reviewing the advice the President of the Court Martial, Major Alfred Taylor. The Judge Advocate Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney advised the President and the members of the Court Martial that the case has been prejudiced by the improper actions of the Nation News, Barbados Today and Barbados Advocate media agencies.

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The Judge Advocate explained that the panel in the Court Martial of Private Reeves R, comprising of five commissioned officers, is akin to the nine (9) or twelve (12) jurors in a High Court trial, who have been selected to decide on a verdict for the accused. Thus, when the Court Martial Panel was withdrawn, proceedings in their absence, must not be published or disclosed to them in anyway.

The publishing of Voir Dire proceedings is contrary to the Defence Rules of Procedure and also for similar matters heard at a High Court. Additionally, there was further direction to the stenographer, by the Judge Advocate, that the transcript should be edited or redacted to remove the Voir Dire proceedings. The media was present for these directions. These directions and the media practitioners’ knowledge of Voir Dire proceedings, should have guided the said members of the media in attendance at the Hearing.

The Covening Officer has however, at his disposal, the ability to dissolve this current Court Martial and convene a new trial at another date.

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

BDF Convenes Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves

Ordinary Court Martial Of Pte Raheem Reeves

BDF Media Release| May 21

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Headquarters Barbados Defence Force (BDF) will convene an Ordinary Court Martial, in the Hodgson Hall Conference Centre (HHCR), St Ann’s Fort, the Garrison on Friday 28 May 2021 at 0900 hours.

The accused, Ordinary Seaman Raheem Reeves is charged with 2 counts of Neglect to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline contrary to Section 75 of the Defence Act CAP 159. He will be represented by his personal attorney-at-law.

 

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The panel will comprise of the President, Major Alfred Taylor and the Members are Captain Michael Jules and Captain Patrice Cummins.

The Waiting Members are Captain
Michelle Thompson and Lieutenant Coast Guard Nakeida Gibson. The Prosecutor is  Captain Neville Corbin and the Judge Advocate is Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney.

The BDF investigates all allegations against its members and will continue to hold them to the highest of standards of discipline and integrity.

BDF FMT Receives Donation From US Embassy

BDF FMT Receives Donation From US Embassy

BDF FMT Increases Capabilities Through US Embassy

BDF Media Release| May 21

Photography: BDF Media

The Government of Barbados recently received a donation of twenty-seven (27) Pelican Cases from the Government of the United States of America, for utilization by the Barbados Defence Force Field Medical Team. Her Excellency, Linda Taglialatela, US Ambassador to Barbados and the Caribbean, made the presentation to
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Junior Browne Director of Operations BDF FMT. The presentation ceremony was held at the BDF FMT Newton Christ Church facility.

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H.E. Linda Taglialatela explained that the donation was aimed at augmenting the capabilities of the BDF FMT, while strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Lt Col Browne, on behalf of the Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, thanked the US Embassy for their timely donation, given the operational climate of the Force. He went on to mention that the cases will be placed into immediate use, mainly for the storage of pharmaceuticals, intended for rapid response and deployments. Lt Col Browne stated that, “this contribution will further strengthen the team’s capabilities to render medical assistance both locally and regionally.”

Ordinary Court Martial Private Shane Coulthrust

Ordinary Court Martial Private Shane Coulthrust

Ordinary Court Martial Pte Shane Coulthrust

BDF Media Release| April 21

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Headquarters Barbados Defence Force wishes to advise that the Confirming Authority, the Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, is reviewing the findings and the sentence of the Court Martial of Private Shane Coulthrust, pursuant to the Defence Act 159 and the Defence Rules of Procedures 1984.

BDF Convenes Ordinary Court Martial

BDF Convenes Ordinary Court Martial

BDF Ordinary Court Martial Convened

BDF Media Release| 19 April 21

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The Ordinary Court Martial of Private (Pte) Shane Coulthrust commenced today, Monday 19 April 2021 in the Hodgson Hall Conference Room, St Ann’s Fort, Garrison St Michael. Pte Coulthrust is represented by Attorney-at-law, Andrew Pilgrim Q.C

The Court heard opening remarks from Prosecutor Captain Neville Corbin, who set about to paint a picture of what the evidence presented will reveal. The Prosecution likened the road map of evidence to the notion that “you cannot run with the hares and hunt with the hounds”.

Chief Petty Officer Arlington Cadogan, Lieutenant Coast Guard Sena Price, Leading Seaman Ian Mitchel, Petty Officer Nicole Brathwaite and Sub-Lieutenant Alexander Kellman, presented witness evidence in the case.

The Court Martial will resume on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 9AM.

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The Charges:

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, collected 14 polythene packages, placed them on the ENDURANCE a vessel owned by the crown without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, transported 14 polythene packages to the Six Men’s St Peter area without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, transferred 14 polythene packages to the Fishing Vessel X17 which was moored in Six Men’s St Peter area without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, coopered with an unknown speed boat in the territorial waters of Barbados without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. DISOBEDIENCE TO STANDING ORDERS CONTRARY TO SECTION 47 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he on 19 April 2019, contravened Sec 1709.4 of the Barbados Coast Guard Standing Orders, an order known to him or which is reasonably expected that he should have known by using his personal cellular phone on board the ENDURANCE while on patrol on the 19 April 2019.
  1. DISOBEDIENCE TO PARTICULAR ORDERS CONTRARY TO SECTION 45 (1) OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, on 19 April 2019, being the coxswain of the ENDURANCE, deviated without lawful authority, from his patrol area in accordance with SBF Patrol Orders dated 19 April 2019.
  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. MAKING A FALSE DOCUMENT CONTRARY TO SECTION 69 (C) OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he being the coxswain of the SBF Crew on 19 April 2019, made a written report on 20 April 2019, to with his Patrol Report, with intent to deceive, failed to accurately account for all details of his patrol on 19 April 2019 while on board BCG vessel EDURANCE in the Territorial Waters of Barbados.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.

SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO SVG

SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO SVG

BDF Deploys Second Contingent To SVG

BDF Media Release| 16 April 21

Photography: Private Kyle Straker

The Barbados Defence Force in its commitment to the relief efforts for St Vincent and the Grenadines in the aftermath of the La Soufrière volcano eruption,  deployed its second contingent to assist our sister island.

Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum along with other senior command, thanked the troops for their braveness in the face of the unknown and commitment to duty in service to Barbados and its interest. Colonel Grannum went on the encourage the troops formed up to remain steadfast in their tasks for the greater good, relying on the time invested in training, in order to respond effectively to such incidents.

The maritime unit of the BDF, the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), will transport the contingent of the RSS, along with the members of the Caribbean Disaster Response Unit (CDRU) on board the unit’s offshore patrol craft (OPV). The CDRU comprises members of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) participating and member states. They will be responsible for the collection and distribution of relief supplies. At this time, CDRU members from Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago will travel with the BCG on board HMBS LEONARD C BANFIELD and RUDYARD LEWIS. It is expected that other member states of CDEMA will join subsequently. One BCG OPV will then sail to St Lucia to receive additional supplies for transport to SVG.

The BDF will also deploy a 30-man platoon as part of the Regional Security System contingent to support the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) with security operations. A 10-man section from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) will also be deployed.