From the Courts
September 9, 2011
Senior Magistrate recuses himself in Frederick’s case

The charges against a veteran attorney here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will have to be heard by another Magistrate, as Senior Magistrate Donald Browne has recused himself.{{more}}

On Tuesday, September 6, at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, Browne announced that he will not be able to preside over the case in which Bayliss Frederick charged, as he and Frederick have had a long-standing friendship.

“…When I came back home, I met Frederick and we became great friends. We nearly even went into a fishing business together…,” Browne noted.

Browne said he will be passing his recusal to Chief Magistrate Sonya Young, along with his reasons.

Frederick, 87 years old, is charged with using a loud speaker without lawful authority at Bay Street on March 3, 2011, during a New Democratic Party (NDP) protest in Kingstown. He is also charged with assaulting Police Inspector Calvin Glasgow by pushing him with his hands at Kingstown, on the same date.

Representing Frederick, attorney Kay Bacchus-Browne told the court that the matters are an abuse of process. She later stated she that would reserve her submission until the actual hearing of the matter.

Bertram Commissiong Q.C. and Samantha Robertson are the two other counsel in the matter.(KW)