official welcomes public participation in crimes’ inquiry
26th July 2000
By Nigel Regan - Bermuda Sun
SUPREME Court judge Stanley Moore is encouraging widespread participation in
the upcoming inquiry into how serious
crimes are investigated and prosecuted in Bermuda.
Justice Moore was responding to comments he read, online, in a Bermuda Sun
interview with Don Dovaston, the former British deputy chief constable who
will also be sitting on the inquiry.
In that interview, Mr. Dovaston said David Middleton, the father of murdered
Canadian teenager Rebecca Middleton, could rest assured the bungled
case would not be diluted during the inquiry.
Speaking from the Bahamas yesterday, Justice Moore said: “I have read the
Bermuda Sun on the Internet and I am aware of what Mr. Dovaston said.
I don’t wish to disagree with anything he said — he has
expressed himself in his own way — but I would like to emphasize that the
commission has terms of reference
and we’d like to try and
follow these as best we can.”
Justice Moore said he was fully aware the inquiry was sparked by the Middleton
case but added that it is not the only case
under the microscope.
“I, too [in addition to Mr. Dovaston] have been doing some homework. I have
read a fair amount of background material and there’s more I’ve got to
read before I come to Bermuda.”
Calling himself “media friendly,” he added: “I am hoping that as many
individuals and organizations as wish to be heard can be accommodated.
Requests have already gone out for written submissions and we will try to make
ourselves available to as many groups as would like to speak to us.”
Justice Moore, whose daughter Susan
works at Bermuda’s Women’s Resource
Network, is no stranger to the island and as a former Attorney
General of Montserrat, he says he understands the context in which overseas
“I bring to this inquiry some background experience in working in an
overseas territory,” he said. “By and large the standards they are
expected to maintain are so much higher than, say, newly independent
He added: “I’m a hard- working person. This is a serious inquiry and the
commission has to approach it seriously. There’s a lot of hard work that has
to be done.
“The commission has been set up by the Governor as a response to genuine
public concern and my hope is the report we produce will contain
recommendations that will help to address whatever shortcomings exist.” The
inquiry starts on August 7.
is a difference between ‘don’t wish
to disagree’ and the categorical ‘don’t’
disagree. Strange that Mr Moore should choose those words (assuming the
reportingto be accurate) with regard to Mr Dovaston’s comments.
which of Mr Dovaston’s comments does Mr Moore take issue with?
the working partnership already questionable?
comments by Mr Moore suggest, Mr Dovaston’s remarks conflict with the terms
of reference. Can Mr Moore not
assure the island that the enquiry will
follow the terms of reference?
the terms of reference will define ‘serious’, with regard to crime?
But what about crime itself? What will the definition extend to - drugs,
assault, burglary, I trust someone will look beyond the obvious and consider,
for example, the miscarriages of justice and oppression present within the