Neil Row, the Former Deputy Speaker, was granted bail on Monday

By Recardo Mendez Published on October 24, 2022
Neil Row, the Former Deputy Speaker, was granted bail on Monday
(BARBADOS) FORMER DEPUTY SPEAKER of the House of Assembly Neil Rowe was on Monday granted bail in the sum of $10 000 and one surety after he was charged with rape.
Rowe was arraigned in the Oistins Court on Monday morning, charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a female last month.
Rowe, the two-time MP for St Michael North West, was not required to plead to the charge that he raped the woman on September 18th this year.
The politician was represented by attorneys Roger Forde (KC) and Safiya Moore.
Following no objection from the prosecutor, acting Inspector Peter Barrow, Rowe was granted $10 000 bail with one surety by Magistrate Deidre McKenna on his first appearance and the matter was adjourned until January 30th next year.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley named veteran MP Cynthia Forde as the new Deputy Speaker of the House, effective from tomorrow.
Rowe arrived at Oistins in a police vehicle at 9.31 a.m. and was flanked by three members of the Barbados Police Service as he entered the court.
A flurry of activity met the accused man outside the court, where journalists had gathered.
Rowe hid his face under a blue scarf as he entered the court wearing a white shirt jack and navy blue pants.
Also at court for support was the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Labour Party, Pat Parris, and other party members.
After arraignment, Forde told reporters he had grave concerns about information regarding the case, which had been placed in the public domain via social media.
The veteran lawyer said such leaking of information, some of allegedly from the contents of a police station diary, could prejudice the position of any females in Barbados who wanted to make reports to the Barbados Police Service.
“It’s not fair to women in Barbados,” Forde told the court.
McKenna told the attorneys present she was sure the Commissioner of Police, Richard Boyce, would take note of all that had transpired and take any necessary action.


Recardo Mendez

Recardo Mendez

Sports Reporter

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