“It did concern me that other British tourists who were staying at the hotel were completely unaware of what had happened. I am not saying it was deliberately suppressed but it doesn’t excuse the fact that no tourists were told about it..”
“There need to be warnings to British tourists that there are armed robbers operating in West Coast Road.”
Update: Many Newspapers picked up the story including the Daily Express: Britons’ Shooting Terror At Celebrity Caribbean Retreat
Couple Robbed, Husband Shot Walking Back To Sandy Lane Resort
Not A Word In Barbados News Media – Visitors & Hotel Guests Not Warned About Nearby Shooting, Robbery
Hotel is popular with Simon Cowell & Other Celebrities
Suffolk barrister Andrew Thompson and his wife Isobel were walking back to Sandy Lane Resort after dinner on June 4, 2009 when they were held up by two men who had to dodge through busy traffic to reach them. Mr. Thompson was shot almost immediately after one robber demanded his wallet and the other snatched his wife’s purse. The shot ripped through his lower leg and caused major damage.
Mr. & Mrs. Thompson are veteran Barbados vacationers, visiting the island some 20 times and staying at Sandy Lane 10 times. They say they’ll be back – but they wish that someone had warned them and their fellow Brits that gunpoint robberies and shootings of tourists happen. They also complain that none of the other Sandy Lane visitors heard about it in the days afterward and so might have been at risk themselves while walking in the same area after Mr. Thompson had been shot and robbed.
The story only just appeared in the British news media some three weeks after the incident and, to Mr. Thompson’s knowledge (and our’s), has yet to be mentioned by the Barbados news media. (Dear readers: if the Thompsons & BFP missed coverage, please let us know and send us the reference.)
Memories of Murdered Canadian Tourist Terry Schwarzfeld
Back in March of 2009, Canadian tourists Terry Schwarzfeld and her daughter-in-law Lauana Cotsman were attacked and robbed on Long Beach on the Barbados South Coast. Sadly, Mrs. Schwarzfeld died from the beating after being returned to Canada in a coma.
Soon, Canadians were outraged to learn that many tourist robberies and rapes had been taking place at Long Beach but the Barbados news media, police and government hadn’t warned visitors even though the media and authorities knew of the ongoing danger! For an entire year or more the Barbados news media and authorities concealed a string of violent offenses at Long Beach and put many visitors at risk until one was finally murdered by the same serial criminal who was stalking the location.
In the ten days immediately following the Schwarzfeld murder, the initial response from the Barbados Government and the Barbados news media was to say nothing and hope it all went away. Only after the Canadian press criticized Barbados for a cover-up did the Barbados Government and our news media mention Schwarzfeld.
FACT: Barbados Authorities Learned No Lessons From The Schwarzfeld Murder
Here we are only a few months after Terry Schwarzfeld was murdered – and once again foreign news media is reporting that Barbados tourists and Sandy Lane hotel guests were not warned that a robbery and shooting of a tourist had taken place nearby!
Once again the foreign news media is reporting that Barbados does not warn tourists of dangerous areas where there have been recent or ongoing attacks.
Have we learned nothing? Barbados and other tourist destinations can no longer cover up incidents of robbery, rape, shootings and even murders as was done in the past. Can you image what the foreign press would be saying if another Sandy Lane Resort guest had been shot or murdered in the same area after the first shooting – and the hotel guests hadn’t been warned of a recent incident?
This is the internet age and information cannot be contained. As Barbados Free Press has stated time and time again…
“…the international traveling public will accept a few unfortunate tourist incidents – but only if there is not one hint of a cover-up or sloppy, uncaring response. Everybody knows that trouble happens – and they also know that what happens after the trouble occurs is the true test of any organization.”
It is outrageous that once again the foreign news media is reporting that visitors to Barbados are not warned of recent shootings and robberies against tourists right where they are staying!
Here is the story from the Nation News about the despicable behaviour of the Barbados news media and authorities in covering-up the Long Beach tourist attacks for a year until Mrs. Schwarzfeld was murdered!
Long Beach robbery cases under review
A REVIEW of the investigations surrrounding a string of robberies at Long Beach, Christ Church, over the past year is under way.
Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin made the disclosure to the DAILY NATION on Saturday, responding to public concern as to why it took a while before lawmen held anyone in relation to crimes on the deserted beach.
It was after the March 18 death of Canadian visitor Terry Schwarzfeld, following an attack on February 28, that police held an accused, charging him with offences dating back to April and July last year.
Noting that it was “a reasonable question” raised by the public, Dottin said: “These things happen in law enforcement. We are currently relentlessly examining the whole matter to see whether there were any weaknesses in our policing.
“We will certainly learn from the review that is being undertaken. But I want to stress it is a reasonable question.”
Schwarzfeld, 60, was walking along the same stretch of beach when she was attacked and struck in the head with a piece of wood and robbed. She died on March 18, two weeks after she was airlifted home in an unconscious state.
Luana Cotsman, Schwarzfeld’s daughter-in-law, was also assaulted during the attack but survived.
On March 25 police charged Curtis Joel Foster, 24, of Wiltshire Avenue, Bayfield, St Philip, in connection with Schwarzfeld’s death, the rape of another tourist and robberies. (TS)