The Ministry of Justice says an investigation is being launched into the videotaping of Rushane Barnett by Justices of the Peace, while he was being held in custody.

In a statement yesterday the Ministry says JPs should perform voluntary community-based activities as the Custos may require.

This includes visits to prisons to ensure the rights of persons in custody are protected and their dignity respected.

However, it says notice is taken with great concern of a video being circulated on social media in which four JPs, one being a medical doctor, were seen questioning the condition and health of the accused Rushane Barnett whilst the engagement was being videotaped.

The Justice Ministry says the matter will be fully investigated under the auspices of the relevant Custos Rotulorum.

It says if the investigation shows breaches of the Justices of the Peace Act and any JPs Code of Conduct there will be consequences.

The ministry says checking on the well-being of accused or detained persons is an appropriate role and duty of specified JPs who form part of a visitation lock-up-prison committee.

However, any engagement in activities, including videotaping is inappropriate, and should not be done.

In addition, the Justice Ministry says it is inappropriate for JPs to be present during a medical examination.
Twenty Three year old Barnett stands accused of murdering a mother and her four children in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon.