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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?

Barbados Murder Leroy Griffiths

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

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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American tourist disappears in Barbados

UPDATED: American visitor Rachel Hendrickson was found: safe and very happy. (How embarrassing!)  ;-)

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Where is Rachel Hendrickson?

The Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman. Missing is Rachel Marie Hendrickson, 45 years, an American visitor staying at a hotel in Silver Sands, Christ Church. She left her hotel sometime around 9:30 pm on Tuesday 8th January 2013, and has not been seen or heard from since. She was wearing a pink top and a khaki pants.

Anyone with information relative to the whereabouts of Rachel Hendrickson is asked to contact the Oistins Police Station at telephone numbers 418-2612, Police Emergency 211, or the nearest Police Station.

Tip of the bottle to The Bajan Reporter

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

Charles Leacock, DPP frightened of murder trials?

Charles Leacock, Barbados DPP frightened of murder trials?

“How does a child “accidentally” die from being strung up and hanged?  If this does not show clear intent to murder, then what does?”

Why did they burn the house?

Part 3 of 3 – a look at the Anna Druzhinina murder. Read Part 1 here.

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D

Persaud and McCollin both stated they burned the house to destroy the evidence. This statement is not supported by the facts which DPP Leacock failed to present.  John Jackson had taken five years to build a section attached to the old plantation house at the back, as a gift of love for his wife, Larisa.  It was a beautiful, large bedroom suite, surrounded by windows and a magnificent view of the ocean.  One had to climb a staircase detached from the main house to get to it.  Persaud knew of the significance of this new part of the house.  It was as far from the spot of the murder as one can get.  They did not burn it to destroy evidence. Persaud instructed McCollin to burn it as part of his revenge on John Jackson to inflict maximum pain.  McCollin started the fire by lighting the cover and sheets on the king size bed.  No fuel was used.

The other section they set fire to was the front bedroom where they lay Anna across the bed.  This, too, was not the scene of the hanging.  Petrol and diesel was poured all over Anna’s body with a 6” line of it on the rug and tile floor, leading out the door and 5’ across the balcony.  As the Jackson’s car came up the long driveway, Persaud told McCollin and McCollin lit a match to the line of petrol then hid in the hallway so that when the parents entered the house they would see their daughter’s body burning.  Evidence indicates that Persaud was positioned in the room adjoining the bedroom waiting with the spear gun to attack Mr. Jackson when he came to Anna’s body.   Fortunately, John Jackson got to Anna’s body before flames engulfed her and he stomped out the flames.  The spear gun malfunctioned and Persaud fled the scene out the back and over the balcony.  When McCollin saw Persaud leaving, he too left down the staircase, swinging his ax at one of the dogs as he made his escape.

“Persaud knew that Anna’s father had hanged himself at the top of the stairs when she was a baby in Russia.  Persaud’s revenge plan was to hang Anna in the same manner in order to inflict maximum pain to her mother and step-father.”

The new bedroom suite on the back was entirely destroyed.  The burning was part of Persaud’s revenge plan. They did not bother to pour petrol or light a fire in the part of the house where they knocked Anna down, tied her up, or carried her to stand on the paint cans. All evidence of the actual location of their crime remained untouched by fire.  This explanation was not presented to the Court as evidence.

Persaud, not McCollin, must have got the fuel cans because the three dogs (including a Great Dane and Rottweiler) would have attacked McCollin if he went downstairs to search for fuel cans.  Persaud was known to the dogs, but McCollin was not.  Also, it was pitch black and there was no electricity for lights in the storeroom.  Only someone who knew the house would know where to get the fuel cans.

Murder or manslaughter?

DPP Leacock stated, “We could not prove the necessary intention to kill, but placing someone, who is tied, to stand on a bucket is wanton and deliberately reckless.”  Leacock further stated Persaud placed Anna in “a situation where death is almost certain.”

The police statements stated that McCollin warned Anna that if she moved she would die.   They knew with a certainty that she would die because they admitted to telling her as much, and then they left her until she collapsed to her certain death.  How does a child “accidentally” die from being strung up and hanged?  If this does not show clear intent to murder, then what does?  Continue reading

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

“In 2012, Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock reversed the roles of McCollin and Persaud, portraying McCollin as the mastermind, saying he “instructed” Persaud to get some wire, and he “instructed” Persaud to get some paint cans.”

While sitting on the balcony waiting, they heard the paint cans fall.

When she collapsed, her death by strangulation did not come quickly.  Her body must have turned and twitched as is normal in a hanging death.  Since McCollin stated “She is not dead,” when she collapsed, Persaud had time to lift her body to save her.  Instead, he ordered McCollin to “Leave her.  That’s one less for us to deal with.”

If that isn’t murder, then what is?

Part 2 of 3 – a look at the Anna Druzhinina murder. Read Part 1 here.

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D.

Who surprised who?

In 2010 at the manslaughter trial for the accomplice McCollin, as reported in the local press, DPP Leacock stated Persaud and McCollin surprised Anna.  As they entered through the bottom of the house, they could hear her upstairs drawing water to water the plants. They surprised her in her bedroom at her computer.  McCollin stated in his confession that Persaud dragged her across the bedroom rug by her hair, put the noose around her neck, put his foot on her back, and jerked her head back and forth viciously enough for McCollin to state he was “frightened” from Persaud.  In 2012, DPP Leacock did not present these facts and reversed his statement, stating Persaud and McCollin were surprised by Anna.

Who was the leader?

In 2010, Andrew Pilgrim, Defence attorney for McCollin, said the facts “clearly revealed who was the leader and who was the follower. McCollin was led by the man [Persaud] and he was a secondary part of the plan.  He had no interest in the offence other than robbery.  He was told by the principal actor that he would get some weed whackers.”  McCollin states he was frightened of Persaud when he watched the manner in which he yanked Anna’s head back and forth with the noose around her neck.  DPP Leacock recommended 16 to 20 years for manslaughter for McCollin.  In 2010, after McCollin was sentenced for manslaughter, Leacock explained he had to accept McCollin’s manslaughter plea in order to have him testify as a witness in the murder trial which he promised for Persaud.  Yet, none of McCollin’s testimony was used and no murder trial was held.

In 2012, Leacock reversed the roles of McCollin and Persaud, portraying McCollin as the mastermind, saying he “instructed” Persaud to get some wire, and he “instructed” Persaud to get some paint cans.  In spite of clear evidence and statements to the police to the contrary, Leacock accepted Persaud’s plea that he never laid a hand on Anna, was not in the room when she was tied up, did not go to see her hanging when she collapsed off the paint cans, and did not search the house for items to steal.  Leacock recommended 25 years for Persaud, longer than he had recommended for McCollin the accomplice.

Was a towel tossed over Anna’s head?

Justice Crane-Scott stated in her sentencing, presumably from DPP Leacock’s representation,  that a towel was tossed over Anna’s head so she could not see.  Logically, this did not make sense.  In order not to see out from under a towel tossed over one’s head, the towel would have to be a large bath towel.  If that were the case, then how could the noose be tied without the towel interfering?  A common blue checkered kitchen towel was folded and tied tightly around Anna’s eyes catching her long hair in the knot.  When the Jackson’s found her, the towel was slipped down around her neck.

When they identified the knotted towel later at the police station, Anna’s hair that had been pulled from her head was still tied in the knot.  This evidence is not disputed. 

Why did DPP Leacock misrepresent the evidence and say a towel was “tossed over her head?”

Who put her on the paint cans?

In 2010, DPP Leacock stated Druzhinina was home alone when the two entered.  According to local press coverage, DPP Leacock stated they seized her, bound her hands and feet as she screamed and begged for her life.  But in 2012, Persaud’s defence attorney stated to the court “the facts reveal he [Persaud] wasn’t even in the room.”   Leacock did not contest this.  Continue reading

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Barbados murder of Russian teen Anna Druzhinina: Censorship and Travesty of Justice

Charles Leacock, Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions

Charles Leacock, Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions

“The disturbing question remains, why didn’t DPP Leacock press a murder charge and conduct a trial for the brutal hanging murder of the Russian teenager?”

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Barbados Murder: Anna Druzhinina

Part 1 of 3
By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D.
January 3, 2013
Barbados

On Nov. 8, 2008, Russian teenager Anna Druzhinina was brutally hanged in her home in Barbados one day after her 16th birthday.  Her feet and hands were bound behind her with electrical cable, she was blindfolded, gagged and put to balance barefoot on a metal paint can stacked on top of a plastic can.  A wire noose was tied around her neck and strung over a rafter.  The co-accomplices, Persaud and McCollin, left her to sit on the balcony and wait for her parents until she collapsed and hanged.  McCollin warned Anna if she fell off she would die.

DPP Charles Leacock did not present the available evidence in a murder trial for Teerath Persaud when there was overwhelming evidence plus testimony from the accomplice, McCollin, to demonstrate intention to murder Anna Druzhinina.  The disturbing question remains, why didn’t DPP Leacock press a murder charge and conduct a trial for the brutal hanging murder of the Russian teenager?

Guyanese Teerath Persaud, who was employed as a security guard by her parents at SO-LO wholesale food store in Black Rock, killed her along with his accomplice Christopher McCollin.  Anna had been known to Teerath since she was 7.  According to the court sentencing for manslaughter in 2010 of the accomplice McCollin, they went for “revenge and robbery”.

Teerath Persaud was allowed to plead to manslaughter and sentenced Dec 11, 2012, to just less than 21 years (plus time already served).  The parents and public had to be offended, prior to sentencing, by reading in the paper that Persaud went to steal garden tools and that Anna “jumped” to her death and accidentally died.  Does it take six hours to steal garden tools?  The garden tools, unlocked below the house, were untouched.

Read Justice Crane-Scott’s sentencing remarks at http://www.lawcourts.gov.bb/Lawlibrary/events.asp?id=892 .

After waiting four years for a murder trial, the DPP accepted a manslaughter plea from Persaud.  This is a travesty of justice and a dark day for Barbados.  The Nation News printed a two-page spread with 4 photos of Anna and the murder scene on Dec. 23, 2012, in both the hard copy paper and online at http://www.nationnews.com/index.php/articles/view/deaths-load/ .

On January 2, the Nation News story page would not load.  A Google search for the words “Anna Druzhinina Dec 2012 deaths load” listed a link to the story.  When pages are removed from the internet, Google saves the last copy or snapshot of the page in an archival file called “cache.”  The cache showed an empty page with the message “Preview not available,” proving that the page had been removed.

 It looks like ongoing censorship has been hiding this murder crime so as not to let the international press get hold of it.  Later in the day, the Nation News page was restored and Google cache showed the screen shot:

Anna Druzhinina 2 click photo for large

Coming in Part 2: Revenge or robbery?

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