Man Arrested For 12-Year-Old Traffic Offence

July 11, 2012

A 63-year-old man appeared in Magistrates Court this morning [July 11] after being arrested for a traffic offence that occurred over twelve years ago.

Mr John Jordan was picked up on an old arrest warrant dating from June 2000. After spending time in Police custody and appearing in court, Senior Magistrate Archie Warner dismissed the charge and freed Mr Jordan, saying that it would not be fair to proceed with the matter.

Noting that he had been arrested on an arrest warrant originally issued in 2000, Magistrate Warner asked Mr Jordan where he had been in all that time. Mr Jordan said that he’d been in Bermuda the whole time, and that he last been in Court in 2007 on a minor traffic matter and was unaware of this or any prior matter.

Checking the files, the Senior Magistrate said that it appeared that Mr Jordan had been charged in June 2000; had not appeared in Court because he was in hospital on the date he was due to appear; and that a warrant for his arrest had been issued in June 2000.

Ordering that the charge be dismissed, the Magistrate told Mr Jordan that he was free to go.

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  1. Claudio says:

    meanwhile, murders and pedopiles roam free. it is as if the police do not want to go after serious criminals. Why dont you make known gang members lives difficult?

  2. Family Man says:

    Are the police void of any common sense? To hold a 63 year old man in police custody over a 12 year old traffic warrant is beyond stupid.

    • SS says:

      Is it ever stupid! Just have to shake your head on this one!!!

  3. andre says:

    Are you serious! And I guess BPS you would want 100% support form him thereafter?

  4. Terry says:

    Well the warrant was such.
    Should have been released and the senior officer have contacted Police Prosecutions and stated ‘No Further Police Action.
    This can be done instead of wasting the courts time.

    But the law is the law it just how it is handled.
    Blessed day to all.

  5. Opressed says:

    More fodder from the “Land of Stupidity”

  6. second says:

    Oh come on now!! Common Sense is a gift for sure. Let’s catch some criminals!

  7. The Defender says:

    The BPS dropped the ball on this one 12 years ago. I agree with Magistrate Warner. NEXT!!!

  8. WOW says:

    Did anyone at least tell this gentelman “IM SORRY!” One night in jail is no easy thing for a 63yearold man who seems to be of no menace to the public!

  9. WTF says:

    The police dont have any discretion when it comes to certain Warrants. The warrant is signed by a magistrate and the police are commanded to bring the person before the courts. The only person that can release him from custody once the warrant is executed is a magistrate. The person has the ability to contact a lawyer in order to try to arrange a release by the magistrate. The police did their job. Too bad that the guy had to stay the night in jail, but that’s life.

  10. betty Rech says:

    20 years??? how can this be should not have happened… someone has to be responsible for this. This man had to go through unnecessary humiliation… while more serious crimes are happening…

    • SMH says:

      Dont make me laugh. What calculator did you use or what article did you just read. I read 12 years LMAO

  11. john doe says:

    you all are not being fair, the police are doig their jobs and have put numerous criminals before the courts and got convictions. The police dont have the authority to pick and choose who to arrest when a warrant is issued. It may seem like common sense but they dont have the luxory to excercise it. In regards to that persons humiliation, he alone committed the offense so dont blame anyone else for it.

  12. Observer says:

    Can someone please explain to me about the over 7 years law, and being exempt from prosecution depending on the charge and whether or not it applies to this situation. Also, this gentleman was 63 years old or was it a typing error indicating he was 36 years old. Where is the logic her? Even if the officer could have used descretion and asked the gentleman to kindly come to the station within 24 hours because of the period of time passed. We all know that BPS has a job to do but it also requires common sense. I am sorry BPS butlooking at this, It is another situation that doesn’t do much for your credibility.

  13. Victor says:

    Whoever arrested that man should be a damn shamed of themselves! Point blank period! I don’t even care about the facts. You’re all wrong! Good ruling Hon. Warner…

  14. street wise says:

    Isn’t there some sort of Statute of Limitations here? A 20 year old traffic warrant… c’mon now, seriously?!! SMH

    • SMH says:

      LMAO!!!! Another one saying 20 years. Where did you & betty Rech go to school. I dont want to send my 3 children to that school

  15. SMH says:

    We Know about the 7 years so I’m sure the police know too. So why. Plus chances are the prosecuting officer doesn’t work for the force anymore and probably doesn’t live in BDA anymore so they can’t do anything. Ohhhhh here they go now 12:55am two police scramblers flying pass my house going no where. Cant they put a quietre baffle in those mufflers!

  16. Liz says:

    Hmmm if he was a teenager I wonder if this judge would have let it go. Man goes to the Hospital and what had no time to call the courts to reschedule. I forgot myself and call prosecutions and they rescheduled no problem. Wow if he was a teenager he would have locked him.