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British hero soldier Brian Mulligan stabbed to death in Barbados

No arrests reported

Brian-Mulligan-Barbados-MurderBrian Mulligan has been worth only a paragraph or two if that in the local news media since his stabbing death early Sunday morning at the tourist-popular St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. Today the British papers are full of his photos in Barbados and holding his new-born. (London Evening Standard: London father-of-two stabbed to death in Barbados)

At this point, who knows what happened? Mr. Mulligan was mostly deaf after having both ears ruptured by a grenade in Iraq. He had been here for a few weeks working for Lime Telecom.

One thing we do know though: this island does not feel the way it felt even five years ago, and ignoring the problem is no solution.

Today the world’s newspapers are full of Brian Mulligan’s death in Barbados, but once again a foreign national has died at a Bajan tourist area and we see nothing in our own news media. No words from the PM or the Tourism Minister. No press conference by the police to communicate that Barbados is horrified and doing everything it can to find the culprits.

Nope. None of that… while the world’s news media goes big on the story. Just like what happened when Canadian tourist Terry Schwarzfeld was murdered.

How long until our leaders recognize that you can’t hide stuff like this anymore?

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Barbados Attorney Philip Vernon Nicholls arrested for Money Laundering, Theft of $675,000 from client real estate deal

BFP:

The last anyone saw of this case in the Bajan news outlets was when Lawyer Philip Vernon Nicholls was freed on bail for Money Laundering and Theft of $675,000 from a client. Nicholls was due back in court on February 25, 2014, but the news media didn’t cover that appearance. Can anyone advise what happened?

Or… is this yet another case of charges being dropped for no reason?

Here’s BFP’s original November 2, 2013 article when he was released on bail…

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

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Prominent Barbados attorney-at-law Philip Vernon Nicholls is free on $200,000 bail and will return to court on February 25, 2014 to face charges of money laundering and theft of $674,172.

The offenses are said to involve a foreign real estate client – a method of stealing money that seems all too prevalent amongst Bajan lawyers. (Check out some of BFP’s past stories on this topic: here, here, here, here, here, here and here – get the picture?)

In the past many Bajan lawyers bought their way out of similar theft charges. Until recently most of these complaints were dealt with internally by the Barbados Bar Association until the volume of thieving lawyers walking free so undermined the reputation of Bajan lawyers that the association and the police were forced to really do something. Still though, most lawyers end up buying their way out in a…

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Headlines: Mottley says ‘no rampant crime’. British national stabbed to death at Gap tourist area. Pregnant mother shot.

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On Saturday night, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a Brooklyn, New York town hall meeting that although there have been publicised isolated incidents, crime is not running rampant in Barbados.

Folks in Grape Hall might have a different opinion because you can’t leave a shirt hanging out to dry without keeping an eye out for it, and it’s not wise to walk in the evening unless you are in a group or sure of yourself. Five years ago things were different. Tell me if I’m wrong! While a few Brit tourists have said very public goodbyes to Bim, most don’t write letters when they make that decision.

Looking at some of the headlines from the 24 hours after Mia’s message, and knowing how things are – you have to ask yourself if Mia and some of her fellow political class really believe what they say publicly. Or, do they think they can ‘solve’ the crime problem by denial?

Nation News: Mottley: No rampant crime.

Telegraph UK: Briton fatally stabbed in Barbados

Nation News: Guns Ablaze

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UPDATE: One month after Canadian tourist shot – no excuse for 1 hour ambulance wait

Somebody should be sacked

by Passin Thru

On March 12, 2014, four gunmen burst into a rented beach apartment at Bath and shot Canadian tourist Johnathan Huddle in front of his wife and 11 month old daughter. Fortunately Mr. Huddle survived – according to various reports because he and his wife are both trained soldiers with tours in Afghanistan.

On the good side, our Royal Barbados Police Force arrested three adults and one 15 year old less than two weeks later. Excellent work – assuming that they have the right thugs. (That is always a realistic concern in Barbados when a tourist is harmed. The police sometimes beat confessions from the ‘usual suspects’ by default.)

As bad as the story is though, the Canadian press is still playing up the fact that Mrs. Huddle kept her husband alive for AN HOUR that it took the ambulance to arrive.

That’s right: an hour for an ambulance to arrive when they knew that a tourist had been shot.

Concerning the hour for an ambulance to arrive, there are two messages that Barbados can deliver to Canada and our other tourism markets:

1/ This is acceptable and standard in Barbados, and tourists should know that if they get hurt it may take an hour or more for an ambulance to reach them.

or

2/ An hour is unacceptable, and the persons responsible have been sacked.

If Barbados doesn’t sack someone over this, then any assurances and apologies are pure cow turd.

Prime Minister Stuart… watcha gonna do?

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Gunmen ambush patrolling Barbados police – one officer slightly shot

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“One officer slightly shot” sounds a bit strange, but it’s just about what the police and papers are saying happened on Tuesday night. The story only deserves four sentences in the Nation and Barbados Today because that is all the information released by the police.

Think about that folks: Gunmen saw patrolling police officers, then started shooting in an ambush. If that doesn’t sound like Kingston, Jamaica I don’t know what does.

But the police and the news media are playing down the incident, I suppose because the injured officer was only ‘slightly’ shot.

Strange times ’bout this place. Sometimes I swear somebody stole my country and put this new one under my feet. It looks like the same old place, but it isn’t.

A police detective was “slightly injured” when gunmen opened fire on a group of officers last night.

Police public relations officer Inspector David Welch says members of the Criminal Investigations Department were on patrol in Chapman Lane, the City around 11 pm when unknown assailants shot at them several times before running away.

He said police returned fire.

The incident is being investigated.

… from Barbados Today Men Shoot at Police

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Barbados Labour Party organising protests against government

A train called CIVIL UNREST

A train called CIVIL UNREST

“Dear Barbados Free Press,

You should have been at the BLP meeting at St. George Secondary School. The Nation is soft selling the talk about marching in the streets. More nuff than talk is happening when former cabinet ministers telling people to organise marches.”

Received from an anonymous reader

‘Unrest’ word spoken again

Crime is already rising in proportion to the closed businesses and potholed roads. The Royal Barbados Police Force and the Defense forces recently increased crowd control training and joint practices.

The government hears it coming. Law enforcement and defense hear it coming. Private security patrol companies hear it coming.

Now you listen… Hear that train in the distance? It’s not so faint anymore, you can really hear it now. It’s coming…

Marching ‘may be only way’

Some prominent members of the Barbados Labour Party have come out in support of civil protest against the Government, despite recommendations to the contrary from the trade union movement.

During one of the party’s The People’s Assembly meetings at St George Secondary School last night, various speakers said taking to the streets in protest might be the only way for Barbadians to get their message across to the Freundel Stuart administration.

One such speaker was former Cabinet minister Anthony Wood, who said the imposition of university fees and the planned layoff of thousands of public servants were reason enough.  Continue reading

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How long since we had an actual MURDER TRIAL in Barbados?

Charles Leacock, DPP frightened of murder trials?

Charles Leacock, DPP frightened of murder trials?

“The Director of Public Prosecutions will probably justify each individual decision, but he cannot justify his overall cowardliness.

Folks, I woke up this morning and for some reason a fact and a question came into my mind:

Fact: All persons accused of murder in Barbados are allowed to plead guilty to a lessor crime. Always.

Question: How long has it been since we had a real murder trial in this country?

Whether you talk about Anna Druzhinina murder or the Camus Trendz firebombing mass murder or any murder in Barbados, one truth comes to the surface: DPP Charles Leacock always makes a deal in murder cases to allow the accused to plead to a minor offense.

NEVER do we have a trial.

WHY?

The justice system wants my respect? Then the justice system should get real or STFU!

The Director of Public Prosecutions will probably justify each individual decision, but he cannot justify his overall cowardliness.

Cliverton

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Murder of former Barbados Immigration Chief Kenrick Hutson now six years cold

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Six years ago on December 28, 2007, retired Chief Immigration Officer Kenrick Hutson, aged 74, was murdered at the front of his home on a Friday evening as his wife and daughter were inside.

The killer’s trail has long grown cold and the police question how a man who retired 14 years previously could have been an assassin’s target over something that happened while he was either on the police force or head of Immigration.

It doesn’t seem square though – a 74 year old long retired man doesn’t get shot down as he reads the newspaper on the verandah with family and neighbours right there.

The murder of a former Chief Immigration Officer raises all kinds of concerns and questions. Obviously a man of Hutson’s experience and service would have made some enemies in a post where he was in charge of Immigration processing, investigations, charges and deportations. But Hutson was retired, and presumably would have little input or influence into current immigration matters.

IF his murder is associated with his service as Chief Immigration Officer, it would seem that it was either revenge for some past action – or to prevent Hutson from testifying or revealing information about something he knew.

Somebody knows something. There was a reason for this murder.

After two years of intense investigation, the murder of retired Chief Immigration Officer Kenrick Hutson, still remains a mystery to Police Investigators. Kenrick Hutson was a family man, a father of three children and husband of Coreen for over 44 years. He had a reputation of being a true gentleman among his peers and was well liked in his community and club circles.

Friends and relatives can think of no incident during his tenure as a Police Officer and Chief Immigration Officer that can be attributed as being a motive for his murder, 14 years into his retirement. However, on Friday December 28th 2007, at 6.50 pm Kenrick Hutson was murdered at his home located on Butlers Avenue, Spooners Hill, St. Michael.

Investigations indicate that the assailant walked from the direction of Codrington Hill, turned left into Butlers Avenue and proceeded to the Hutson residence. At the time of the incident, Mr. Hutson aged 74 was sitting on his verandah reading the daily newspapers, when the assailant entered the yard through the open front gate, climbed the steps leading to the verandah and shot Mr. Hutson several times about the body. The assailant then existed through the front gate and was seen running along Butlers Avenue towards Codrington Hill.

The assailant was identified as having a slim build, and dark complexion. He was wearing a whitish shirt, dark coloured pants and a cap with the peak facing front.

Crime Stoppers: March 17, 2010

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Barbados thefts from vehicles with no sign of tampering: Could this gadget be on the island?

We understand that during the past few weeks the Royal Barbados Police Force has received several reports of thefts from late-model autos where there is no damage or other signs of forced entry. The police were blaming drivers for not locking their vehicles but the sudden rash of “no damage” thefts has officers thinking that some thing else is afoot.

From one news report online:

“Police across the country are stumped by a rash of car thefts. In surveillance video of the thefts, criminals appear to open locked cars with a mysterious handheld device. Nobody, not even the car manufacturers, knows how it works.

In Long Beach, Calif. The man walked up to the car, and used a small box to open it. Right next to him another man, also using a box, opens that car. The problem is they’re thieves without keys. Now they’ve swiped all valuables from the cars.

In Chicago, it was the exact same scenario. A man by a sedan unlocked it without a key. The alarm was disabled by some mystery device.”

Could these devices be here?

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Criminal Complaint filed with FBI against Barbados lawyer Malcolm Deane and others for “money laundering, fraud, theft and forgery” ??? !!!

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UPDATED: November 11, 2013 –

Would the person who sent this to us please send the email again including attachments. We had a computer accident. Thank you.

On October 1, 2012, Barbados Free Press interviewed Sherene Mongroo about her father’s death and the vultures who swarmed her family and took everything. We published our story Sherene Mongroo follows trail of money-laundering…

Then we saw a Caribbean News Now! article in July 2013: Barbados police join multi-million dollar estate fraud investigation.

Today we received an unsigned criminal complaint apparently made by Sherene Mongroo to the FBI.

Why was it sent to Barbados Free Press? Is it an accurate copy of a criminal complaint to the FBI? Was it really filed with the FBI? Does the sender lack faith that the Barbados Police are doing a good job investigating the alleged fraud?

It was sent anonymously, so who sent it to us?

Hey folks… like we say… take it with some salt.

But it makes for some very interesting reading.

Should Mr. Malcolm Deane or anyone mentioned in this complaint care to publish a response here at BFP, we will prominently display their response and publish it unedited.

Okay folks… pour yourself a good shot of Mount Gay and settle back for a read…

August 20, 2013

FBI Long Island Resident Agency 135 Pinelawn Road, Suite 350S Melville, NY 11747

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Criminal complaint – money laundering, fraud, theft and forgery

I. Complainant:

Sherene Mongroo-Parisi

I, Sherene Mongroo-Parisi, the complainant in this matter, state that the following is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

II. Alleged Perpetrators:

  1. Sasedai Kumarie Persaud
    6-7 Commerce and Longden Streets, Georgetown, Guyana
  2. Hari Narayen Ramkarran aka Ralph Ramkarran, Attorney at Law 2 Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, Guyana
  3. Debra Mary Rankin
    Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
    [Currently under arrest by the Cayman Islands police on suspicion of conspiracy to steal monies]
  4. Malcolm Deane, Attorney at Law
    Heritage House, Pinfold Street, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies Tel: +(246) 228 7900
  5. Weekes Kissoon Deane, Attorneys at Law
    Heritage House, Pinfold Street, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies Tel: +(246) 228 7900
  6. Ali Mudeen, CEO, J&T Bank and Trust Inc.
    Lauriston House, Lower Collymore Rock, St Michael, Barbados, West Indies Tel: +(246) 430-8650 / 1(866) 376-6230
  1. Errol S. Arjune, Director, Associated Brands
    PO Box 1138, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies Tel: (868) 675 8650 (W) / (868) 623 3520 (H)
  2. Delcita Austin
    PO Box N-10888, Nassau, Bahamas
  3. Ruth L. Elizabeth Robinson
    PO Box N-3546, Third Floor, Beaumont House, Nassau, Bahamas
  4. Bank of The Bahamas Ltd
    Shirley & Charlotte Streets, PO Box N-7118, Nassau, Bahamas Tel: (242) 397-3000
  5. Frank Ebanks, Wealth Manager
    FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Ltd
    PO Box 68 GT, 25 Main Street, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102, Cayman islands Tel: 345-949-7300
  6. FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Ltd
    PO Box 68 GT, 25 Main Street, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102, Cayman islands Tel: 345-949-7300

III. Background and Chronology

My father was Yusuf Mongroo, who was originally from Trinidad but established a well known and extremely lucrative business in Guyana called Horse Shoe Racing, an off track bookmaker. He also owned and raced thoroughbred horses in Barbados and the US.

My father also had a multi-million dollar account with First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) (Alleged perpetrator 10) in the Cayman Islands.

My father died in Guyana on August 15, 2010, at the age of 82, in highly questionable and distressing circumstances (see Document A – Death Certificate).

Although I am currently pursuing a legal action in the courts of Guyana in relation to my father’s estate and what purports to be his last will relating to his assets in Guyana, the circumstances of which are also under investigation by the Guyana police, this complaint is focused on fraud, theft and money laundering perpetrated in respect of my father’s bank account in the Cayman Islands, where the documentary evidence is currently most compelling and irrefutable.  Continue reading

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Murderer Leroy Griffiths heading home to Barbados?

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Back in 2002, Barbadian Leroy Griffiths was threatening a woman with a knife in a pub in Addingham, UK. When a young lad named Mark Webster stepped in to try and talk some sense into the man with the knife, Griffiths stabbed him to death for his trouble.

A bad bastard, that Leroy Griffiths.

Griffiths went away for ‘life’ but here we are 13 years later and it looks like he will be deported from the UK to Barbados, his ‘homeland’.

Welcome home, Mr. Griffiths. Seeing as how you’ve been deported from the UK six times in the past, we hope you won’t stick around ’bout hey.

Further Reading

BBC News: Dec 18, 2002 Murder verdict on knife killing

Ilkley Gazette, Sept 2013: Ilkley dad in emotional plea for son’s killer to be kept away

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Canadian tourists robbed at gunpoint in room. Sex assault upon wife as husband held at gunpoint.

Cheerful Commissioner Dottin comments on the recent tourist robberies

Commissioner ‘Do-nothing’ Dottin

Downstairs American couple also robbed at gunpoint

“Then he grabbed me inappropriately,” she said. “It felt like forever, but it was probably like a minute.”

“I’m laying there in my night dress thinking, ‘What the hell is going on?’”

The Nation News has withdrawn the original story from its website – probably to try to limit the public relations damage for the Barbados Tourism Authority – but that doesn’t stop the foreign press from reporting another violent gunpoint robbery of tourists in Barbados.

The Star newspaper in Toronto Canada is reporting that a Canadian couple was robbed at gunpoint in the Sea-U Guest House on Tuesday night. The wife was ‘touched inappropriately’ as the husband stood impudently by and made the wise decision to let his wife be sex assaulted instead of being shot.

From the news story the robbers would have kidnapped the couple had they had a rented vehicle. Another vacationing couple at the guest house was also robbed. They were from Virginia USA so the robbers took care of tourism from both the USA and Canada.

Our Commissioner of Police, “Do-nothing Dottin” had this to say about the tourist robberies… (nothing at all)

Meanwhile in other news two men shot at Barbados Water Authority employees last night, and a home was burned to the ground after someone tossed a Molotov cocktail.

Wonderful. Just wonderful. Just f’ing wonderful.

The local press can ignore violent tourist robberies all they want, but there is this little thing called The Internet where 90% of people research their vacations before deciding on the destination. When the politicians finally decide to care about the quality of life on this rock for all of us including the tourists, they can take a few logical steps…

  1. Fire Do-nothing Dottin
  2. Raise police salaries enough to attract the kind of police candidates that Barbados deserves
  3. Hire 100 new officers immediately to bring the RBPF up to strength.

Until all that happens and we see some improvements, be prepared to read more stories in the foreign press like this, while watching the tourism revenues tank…

York U profs robbed at gunpoint in Barbados

… from The Star, Toronto Canada Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Intruders in plaid shorts and bandanas entered their guesthouse and demanded money, access to the safe and a car, before doing the same in another unit.  Continue reading

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Customer says DHL Express showing “total disrespect” after electronics go missing from DHL’s security cage.

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Valuables stolen while in the care of DHL Express in Barbados – customer gets runaround

Alden Blackman is out Bd$1112.91 after electronics he ordered from China went missing while in the care of DHL Express in Barbados. These things happen and are happening more and more as the economy tanks and people are out of work, but Mr. Blackman’s complaint is that DHL Express in Barbados is not acting responsibly to replace the loss.

It all boils down to this: The equipment went missing after it arrived in Barbados and was in the DHL Express security cage. DHL Express should move quickly to make things better and they should be communicating frequently and accurately with Mr. Blackman, but according to Mr. Blackman he has been told that the claim process has started, but that’s not true.

It’s enough to drive a body mad. Whatever happened, you’d think that DHL Express would put somebody to handle this quickly. After a month of runaround Mr. Blackman has gone to his fellow Bajans to let them know that valuables get stolen while in the care of DHL Express and when that happens nobody at DHL Express cares enough to take care of the customer.

BFP will print DHL’s version of events if they want to email us at barbadosfreepress(at)yahoo.com

Here’s what Mr. Blackman wrote to DHL Express and the DHL Letter sent to the customer… Continue reading

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Crimes against tourists “Economic terrorism” but Barbados Bar Association says that’s not as important as everyone being shot in an equal manner

"The road is closed. I need ten dollars."

“The road is closed. I need ten dollars.”

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association wants special courts for tourist crimes – Lawyers say no way

by passin thru

We have a problem on this island right now – crimes against locals and tourists alike have skyrocketed, including street robberies where people are injured. Old folks pushed down for their bags or slammed in the face as the evil creatures grab their chains or tear off their rings. I heard one story a few weeks ago where the robber carried a small dishsoap bottle and shoved the old lady down breaking her glasses then out with the soap and rip off those rings. That’s getting vicious even for some of the badd boys on the block.

A single crime against one tourist is economic terrorism.

The badd boys on the block have to know that if they touch a tourist, the police are going to hunt them down and the court is going to give them double.

Lately two British tourists off a cruise ship got shot on a Sunday afternoon walking in the daylight. Word of that spread and the rest of the tourists headed back to the boat lickity split. Just like what happens when you drop an elevator full of people in New York City – businesses leave that office building, and they don’t renew their leases no matter how much you lower the rent. You can tell ‘em all the time that the elevators are fixed, inspected, repaired, replaced, brand new… tell ‘em what you want but once you drop an elevator full of people in New York City it’s all over for five years because so many other buildings rent office space and they haven’t dropped any elevators lately.

Barbados has dropped a whole lot of elevators lately when it comes to crimes against tourists. What you what? We got it! Unsolved rapes with the wrong man in jail for two years? Check. Tourists shot off the cruise boats or walking near their hotel? Check. Tourists beaten on the beach trying to stop a purse grab? How many you want? Boscobel Toll Gang? Still in business as strong as ever. Long Beach rapes for two years and police did nothing until some poor tourist died? We had that too and the police never did find who was torturing all those dogs and hanging them in the bushy ridge. A person who would do that to a dog is a big danger to everyone, but the police say “It’s only a dog”.

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), president Patricia Affonso-Dass says that a special court should be established for dealing with crimes against tourists. The Bar Association says that is unfair because it means that a crime against a citizen is then viewed as less serious.

Wide-eyed tourists are like little children and deserve more protection

I agree with the BHTA. Some crimes against certain victims are more serious. Crimes against children are always viewed more seriously because we know that the children can’t protect themselves as well as adults can.

It’s the same thing with tourists. They are like little children when they walk these fields and hills and streets and beaches and it is up to Barbados to protect them and look after them more than we normally do with adults.

And if we don’t look after the tourists specially, you know that St. Lucia or Cuba would be happy to take special care of them.

Winston Churchill once said “The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

I’ll change that and say that “The inherent virtue of equal status for all victims is the equal sharing of no tourist revenues.”

It’s the best I can do on a Thursday morning before work.

passin thru

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“With great sadness and best wishes” a British tourist says goodbye to Barbados forever

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Daytime tourist robbery costs us another loyal visitor

Dear Sir/Madam

I have today read the report of Barry Alleyne concerning the theft of jewellery from visitors and tourists. I believe the problem is far worse than perceived and is being suppressed/under-reported. I am not convinced that the police have any effective crime pattern analysis to know where they should be actively patrolling, advising visitors and undertaking their duty of protection of all people, and especially tourists.

On Friday 1 March 2013, in Bay Street near Harbour Lights, my wife was violently assaulted, injured and robbed of two valuable necklaces, by two young local low-life, cowardly, vile thugs. The police were less than effective in their caring treatment of my wife and their lack of effective evidence gathering left me less than impressed or confident in they had the resources or ability to gather evidence or investigate crime in a meaningful manner.

We have walked this route many times having been advised it was safe to do so. It can no longer currently be regarded as safe for tourists.

The disturbing aspect for Barbadian authorities is that this violent robbery took place in broad daylight, just after nine in the morning, during the rush hour with many witnesses. Some serious questions now need answering by the various Authorities and politicians.

“We have been coming to Barbados for many years since my wife loves the island and climate for her health, and loves the many friends and decent hard-working Bajan people that we have met.”

However, my duty is to protect my wife from unnecessary risk. It had been our intention to return to Barbados year on year for as long as we could afford it and were healthy enough to do it. We were already booked to come next year. I am now intending to cancel this with great sadness and it is likely we will never return. There are many safer places for tourists. I will be advising my extended family accordingly, as well as writing to the many contacts I have within the UK tourism industry including large Cruise companies, the UK police, Foreign Office and others.

This robbery, of course, is my main distress, but there are many other visitors who agree that other serious issues are fast going downhill here and need addressing. Continue reading

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All Sugar Hill Resort staff to be fingerprinted by police. No refusals allowed.

Barbados Police Fingerprints click image for police letter demanding staff fingerprints

Dear Barbados Free Press:

The police are requesting that all staff and contractors at Sugar Hill voluntarily submit for fingerprinting in relation to some break-ins at the resort. Is this legal? Will they also be fingerprinting guests who stayed at the resort? What about friends of owners? People eating at the restaurant during that time?  What will happen to the fingerprints?

This seems wrong and a bit racist. While it appears voluntary, there seems that there might be consequences if you refuse.

Has this fingerprinting been done before at other crime scenes? If something was stolen at a school will the police now be fingerprinting all students and all teachers? If something was stolen at Parliament, will Miss Mottley and Mr. Stuart “be first in line” like Sugar Hill Resort’s operations manager volunteers? Where is this going? Is this the new normal for the Barbados Police?

Concerned

The email from Sugar Hill Resort management…

From: sugarhill
Date: 6 March 2013
To:
Subject: RBPF Finger Printing Staff at Sugar Hill

Dear All,

As you are aware our file was passed to the Major Crimes Department in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). They have requested that all Staff with access to the Estate be finger printed as they are in possession of some forensic evidence, finger prints, from properties that suffered burglaries. See attached their letter of request. Continue reading

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Anna Druzhinina murder: Persaud appealing sentence, Barbados Court stonewalls journalist

Originally published February 13, 2013…

Anna Druzhinina Murder

Censorship and a Travesty of Justice

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D

As of today, I have waited over one month for the chief registrar in the court’s registrar’s office to provide me with the written statements of DPP Leacock in the sentencing recommendations for McCollin (2010) and Persaud (2012). In common parlance, this is known as stone-walling. Silence does not mean I’m finished with this issue.

Also, I was told at the court house that Persaud is appealing his sentencing.

So Barbados is a country with complete judicial secrecy. In the courtroom I was not allowed to have paper, pen, or recording devices. Now I have been refused ALL documents relating to both of the convicted men.

“The case is over, the verdicts and sentencing have been rendered, yet the documents are being kept secret. Does Barbados seal documents after a murder or manslaughter trial? Is the international community taking note?”

Further Reading

BFP articles by Amy L. Beam

January 2, 2013 Barbados murder of Russian teen Anna Druzhinina: Censorship and Travesty of Justice

January 3, 2013 The Anna Druzhinina murder – Part 2: “Leave her. That’s one less for us to deal with.”

January 9, 2013 The Anna Druzhinina Murder: Hanged by the neck until dead, body set on fire. “It’s not murder” says the DPP

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An embarassing moment for Police Commissioner Dottin

Clinton Norton: Sand in nostrils and mouth shows he didn't die indoors at the burglary.

Clinton Norton: Sand in nostrils and mouth shows he didn’t die indoors at the burglary.

Every once in a while the Nation or the Barbados Advocate or the CBC run a “feel good” story about our Royal Barbados Police Force – usually after some scandal that brings international attention to the failings of our understaffed, under-trained, under-paid bunch of temporary workers charged with keeping people safe on this rock.

“Of course Crawford confessed to a particular knowledge of the crime, who wouldn’t? How long could one man tolerate a serious beating at the CID?”

BFP reader Mark Fenty on Commissioner Dottin says accused rapist Derick Crawford confessed

The last big scandal was an innocent man Derrick Crawford jailed for two years waiting for his trial for the rape of two Brit tourists who said he wasn’t the rapist. Before that the scandal was the police covering up the “apparent murder” of Clinton Norton who was tortured to death and found with blood in his lungs and sand in his nostrils and mouth – dead inside a store burglary with no sand on the floor! Then there was the finger rape of Jamaican tourist Myrie and the Terry Schwarzfeld and Colin Peter murders and attending police foul-ups. We could go on and on but you get the message: our police aren’t exactly world class.

Let me translate that for you…

Now in the wake of the Derrick Crawford foul-up where the only evidence against him was a “confession”, Police Commissioner Dottin is in the papers telling police to “avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime,”

The real meaning of the Commissioner’s message to his officers?  “Stop beating confessions out of people.”

And of course in the news article there is the obligatory mention that videotaping of all confessions is coming “soon”. Sure! LOL!  Like it was coming “soon” 10 years ago!

Further Reading

Have a look at Barbados Today’s Uncouth SSU Cops, then…

We encourage our readers to go to the website of The Nation to read this news story, but we have to print the whole thing here because that paper has a history of changing the news. Read No need to rely on confession

No need to rely on confession

STRESSING the need to avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime, Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, has urged lawmen to remember the importance of science, technology and the collection of evidence. Continue reading

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