Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Some murders in Bahamas may be vigilantism
Published on June 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Artesia Davis
Nassau Guardian Senior Reporter

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Seven years ago, former chief justice of The Bahamas and then president of the court of appeal, Dame Joan Sawyer warned that vigilante justice would take over once there was a perception that the independence of the judiciary was gone.

Her remarks at the opening of the court of appeal’s legal year seem particularly prescient in light of the number of murders of people on bail or those who have been acquitted by the courts.

This year, two former murder suspects were themselves murdered after they were exonerated by the courts.

Other victims were murder accused who had been awaiting their day in court.

Bar Association president Elsworth Johnson said that criticisms of judges “can cause persons to lose confidence in the judiciary and that can be very dangerous. Any state where there is not the rule of law, you see anarchy”.

Johnson said politicians are being irresponsible when they blame judges for releasing people on bail when they are aware of the processes that dictate the grant of bail.

He said, “Public confidence in the courts correlates to the concept of the rule of law. Public confidence in the judicial system is what creates stability in a society, and we must be careful of comments about the judiciary.”

Johnson said the courts’ work would be easier if judges were afforded proper working conditions and judicially trained support staff.

Johnson said the courts must guard their independence, even if it means making unpopular decisions.

He said the courts would step in if the police or prosecutors fail to do their jobs to ensure justice.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said police are concerned about all murders. He said, while there have been retaliatory killings, for the most part people are allowing the judicial process to take its course.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian
Reads: 3187

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: