Crown: Ince the mas­ter­mind

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - The Courts -

AN­DER­SON RYAN INCE was a mas­ter­mind and an op­por­tunist who took ad­van­tage of those around him and the Gov­ern­ment ser­vice.

That was the con­tention of Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions Donna Babb-agard QC as she gave clos­ing ar­gu­ments in the mil­lion-dol­lar theft case against Ince, a cler­i­cal of­fi­cer at the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal.

He is ac­cused of steal­ing $1 118 500 be­long­ing to the Black Rock, St Michael hospi­tal be­tween Au­gust 1, 2003 and Au­gust 1, 2005. He was also charged with money laun­der­ing, hav­ing en­gaged in trans­ac­tions to­talling $1 118 500 which were the pro­ceeds of crime dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Ince has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions.

Babb-agard, hold­ing up an English ap­ple, told the nine-mem­ber jury in the No. 2 Supreme Court yes­ter­day that Ince was a bad ap­ple who took ad­van­tage of the sys­tem.

“He has done the Gov­ern­ment ser­vice an in­jus­tice, and used the ac­counts depart­ment in the Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal as his per­sonal piggy bank ....

“He has in fact raped the Gov­ern­ment sys­tem in Bar­ba­dos . . .Over a mil­lion dol­lars has been stolen from the Gov­ern­ment of Bar­ba­dos. Do you know how much in­come tax that can pay? Or how many salaries that can pay?” she asked.

The lead pros­e­cu­tor urged the jury to only con­cern them­selves with ev­i­dence given from the wit­ness stand.

“We called 55 wit­nesses, six of whom were not called ei­ther be­cause they were over­seas or in­ca­pac­i­tated. Of those wit­nesses, 22 are tell­ers,” she said. “You only need con­cern your­self with what you heard from in­side that [wit­ness] stand.”

Babb-agard said Ince spent the money on peo­ple like his friends and fi­ancée Mar­sha Gill.

She added that he started steal­ing amounts of $3 000 and in­creased the sums as the days went by, tak­ing larger sums, some­times five days apart.

“Ev­ery friend he made, he made with an agenda in mind. Ev­ery friend­ship had an agenda, as he showed with his strate­gic al­le­giances. He did it to Ali­cia Col­ly­more, Ter­ryann Bade­nock, Mar­sha Gill and Mr Holder . . . . Mr Ince is the bad ap­ple in the Gov­ern­ment ser­vice of Bar­ba­dos, and I ask you to find him guilty of theft and money laun­der­ing,” she said.

How­ever, de­fence coun­sel Steve Gol­lop asked the jury to ig­nore all dis­trac­tions sur­round­ing the al­leged theft and money laun­der­ing of the $1 118 500.

“Be ob­jec­tive and fol­low the money . . . . Show that you are dili­gent in your in­ves­ti­ga­tions to show how the money got from where it should be to where it went . . . . Theft is still theft, but dis­abuse your mind of the fig­ure. Ig­nore the dis­trac­tions sur­round­ing the case, and look at the ev­i­dence brought be­fore you over the last three weeks,” he sub­mit­ted.

The at­tor­ney ar­gued that of the 44 cheques writ­ten, 42 were made out to An­thony Nurse and two to Ter­ryann Bade­nock.

“If you can­not show any con­nec­tion be­tween him and the money, you have to ac­quit him. While An­thony Nurse’s name was on 42 of the cheques, he is not be­fore the courts, al­though he is said to be a per­son of in­ter­est. In fact, ac­cord­ing to INTERPOL and Im­mi­gra­tion, he is in Guyana and can­not be found. There is no record of any at­tempt to ex­tra­dite Mr Nurse. There is no record of any at­tempt to find Mr Nurse. How­ever, there is a war­rant of ar­rest should Mr Nurse re­turn to Bar­ba­dos,” he said.

He also said that while Bade­nock’s name ap­peared on two of the cheques, she was not be­fore the court as a per­son of in­ter­est. She was, in fact, a wit­ness for the Crown, he added.

The mat­ter was ad­journed un­til Mon­day when Jus­tice Michelle Weekes is ex­pected to give her sum­ma­tion. ( RA)

to work with­out fear of mo­lesta­tion, ha­rass­ment; with­out any­body wanting to see your whole anatomy,” the min­is­ter stressed.

She added that by the same to­ken, the bill also seeks to pro­tect peo­ple ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against “friv­o­lous and vex­a­tious claims”.

Byer Suckoo said the leg­is­la­tion came af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with many stake­hold­ers. ( GC)

Please see also Page 16 for more Se­nate re­ports.

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