Call to consider non-nationals’ plight

In two separate cases last week, King’s Counsel Michael Lashley spoke of the need for a special desk or an officer designated to handle issues pertaining to non-nationals at Dodds Prison.

The senior lawyer first made mention of it before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes when he was representing Jason Paul Lutter, of Dover Court, Rushholm, Unit 1182, Toronto, Canada. Lutter pleaded guilty to possession, trafficking, intent to supply and importation of 18.04 kilogrammes of marijuana on April 19.

However, the medication which the 45-year-old labourer was required to use daily ran out, and initially he was told that neither the original nor any generic brand was available locally.

Lashley, along with attorney Kellyann Blackman, said they had reached out to the Canadian Embassy and Lutter’s relatives and friends in Canada to see if some medication could be sent to Barbados in quick time. (SD)

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