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Bahamians Sound off on Jailhouse Wedding

A jailhouse wedding made headlines on Monday after a man suspected of attempting to push more than $50,000 worth of drugs through the country was allowed to marry his fiancé from his cell.

The jail house wedding took place at the Central Police Station, were Kendrick Tinker married his fiancé while in custody.

On Tuesday the Journal spoke to a number of Bahamians who shared mixed views on the issue.

Carson Hepburn said the ceremony never should have happened.

“I’m still trying to get a grip on that as to what went wrong because that is history in this country, something like that should have never happened,” he said.

“Once the investigation is completed and the tribunal or the commissioner of police see where they were wrong, dismiss them from the police force.”

Randy Bowe shared similar sentiments.

“The jailhouse wedding speaks volumes of a number of ills in our society we have a break down headed now for a fail state, there are so many things that are so much more treacherous but I don’t think it should have happened in a democratic society where we believe in law and order,” he said.

“I believe they should be suspended with pay because I know some of them have families.”

A woman who wanted to remain anonymous agreed with the men that the wedding was out of order.

“My opinion is that once incarcerated you lose all of your rights so that should have never happened and the (assistant superintendent) I think he is wrong about it,” she said.

“If he didn’t know what to do he should have contacted his superior. The junior officers only followed directions from their senior officers so the senior ones should take more of the heat.”

Hanna Lewis said the officers deserved to be put on administrative leave.

“I think he was wrong I don’t think it was respectful to the Bahamas and the man who heads the police, that is totally out of order,” she said.

“They deserve that because they should know better.”

On Monday, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade spoke out against the wedding calling it “disturbing and embarrassing.”

He added that it was unauthorised and goes against everything the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) stands for.

Four police officers – an assistant superintendent, a corporal and two constables – were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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