Another home firebombed

Family member was burned in yet another firebomb attack on a home.

There is no indication that this attack was related at all to the last reported incident. We wonder if this family is involved in a court trial, so if anyone knows please let our readers know. (Photo courtesy of The Nation “Shirnell Gill pointing to the blackened and broken window through which the Molotov cocktail was thrown.”)

Another family is living in terror after an unknown person used a Molotov cocktail to set their home alight. Do we have a problem on this island? What the heck is happening lately?

If we consider some news stories, we have to wonder…

April 30, 2012    Court witness held at gunpoint, tied up, beaten at home. Serious head injuries.

April 12, 2012    Firebombing followup: Barbadian businessman’s family still stalked

April 4, 2012    British tourists firebombed in Barbados: Mistaken identity over anti-government lawsuit.

August 17, 2011    Selective Denial, Cover-up by Barbados Commissioner of Police

October 10, 2010    Arch Cot Inquest witness intimidation: Professor Hans G. Machel reports intimidation, fears of arson, bodily harm, job loss against potential witnesses.

September 12, 2010    Two Barbadians arrested in mass murder fire.

November 6, 2008    Secret Documents Show How The Barbados Government Used The Military To Destroy A Canadian Investor

September 27, 2008    Threats Against Adrian Loveridge Continue – Barbados Police Continue To Do NOTHING

June 1, 2007     Arson, Burglary, Bedroom Spying – Three Separate Incidents Make A Bad Day For Fired Barbados Journalist Who Is Critical Of Government

Here are two stories from The Nation.

You should visit the paper’s website to read the stories, but we have to reprint them here in their entirety because that paper sometimes removes stories for political purposes…

Scary firebomb attack (Nation story here)

THE Gill family of Jubilee Gap, Martindales Road, St Michael, are living in fear.

One week ago, someone threw what is believed to be a Molotov cocktail into the house they are renting, injuring a family member, damaging furniture and clothing and leaving the house in an uninhabitable state.

And the family are so traumatized that they do not want to remain there but have nowhere else to go.

Shirnell Gill said her mother Marlene was sitting on a couch in the living room last Wednesday, when an unknown individual threw the fiery object into the house.

Narrow Escape (Nation story here)

SHIRNELL Gill showing the cushion her mother Marlene was sitting on before a firebomb exploded at the family home, leaving her with facial burns a week ago.

The Jubilee Gap, Martindales Road, St Michael family has been on edge since the Molotov cocktail was thrown into the rented house in the early hours of last week Wednesday.

Gill and family are fearful of staying there, but have no other placeto seek refuge.

Police are investigating.

http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/scary-firebomb-attack/

http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/narrow-escape1/

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25 responses to “Another home firebombed

  1. 94

    This is nothing new. You want to go to court against de big boys? You should be prepared for wat happen at your home in de night.

    Too badd but that is de way it is.

  2. Anonymous42

    Check page 5 Barbados Today 30/05/12 edition Sabotaging Bim

  3. Anonymous42

    This is an extremely worrying situation.

    From FRI, MAY 25, 2012 – 12:12 AM
    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/city-fete-fright/

    “But they are afraid to speak out or even complain to the police because they believe they may be putting their lives at risk.

    Angry residents from the close-knit inner City district, who requested anonymity, told the WEEKEND NATION two former residents, who persistently complained to the police about the illegal activities, lost their homes due to mysterious fires.”

    The area at Lakes Folly, St Michael, known as “Gaza” where illegal fetes are being held every weekend.
    FRI, MAY 25, 2012 – 12:12 AM

    Residents of Lakes Folly, The City, are under siege from people holding illegal dub fetes in an area known as “Gaza” on Friday and Saturday nights.

    They are being bombarded by loud music blasting from oversized speakers, DJs spitting out profanities, intermittent gunshots, fights and vandalism of their vehicles.

    But they are afraid to speak out or even complain to the police because they believe they may be putting their lives at risk.

    Angry residents from the close-knit inner City district, who requested anonymity, told the WEEKEND NATION two former residents, who persistently complained to the police about the illegal activities, lost their homes due to mysterious fires.

    The fetes are held at a small wooden shop located at the back of the Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant but the majority of patrons, who usually number in the hundreds, congregate outside the shop.

    An official at the plant said they were baffled as to who had given permission for the shop to be erected there and for the fetes to be held at the location because the land was owned by Government and the structure was only put up after residents were relocated three years ago.

    “There are no toilet facilities on the premises. They throw their bottles and cups over our fencing. We have contacted the police about the problem,” the employee stated, adding that officials at the Ministry responsible for Water Resources Management were aware of the situation. (News Desk Exclusive)

  4. Anonymous

    An adopted criminal act by an individual emdoldened/enabled by the “softening” of our stance against criminal activity!
    While change is constant and we are often admonished not to cling to the past, I long for the days when we, district by district, presented an islandwide community. Let’s take it back!

  5. 189

    IF THIS IS THE START OF A WAR , LET IT BEGIN
    ONLY WAY TO CLEAN OUT THE HOUSE OF BLP AND DLP RATS.

  6. Mark Fenty

    @189
    Let me say this much, the late Nazi apologist Dr. Carl Jung has once said that, “When we understand the duality of our nature,our capacity for “Good”, as well as “Evil”, then we can understand and cope with the potential threat of those in Power”. The Hebrew Scriptures even tells us quite clearly, “Not to put any trust in no man for a piece of bread thou will transgress.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that I am. But it is my belief, that then it comes to those individuals who are the custodians, and defenders of the public conscience; we have to take them with a grain of salt. Because in so doing, we wouldn’t deceive ourselves into believing that there’re so far removed from betraying the trust, and conscience of the public.

  7. Mark Fenty

    @189
    Let me say this much, the late Nazi apologist Dr. Carl Jung has once said that, “When we understand the duality of our nature, our capacity for “Good”, as well as “Evil”, then we can understand and cope with the potential threat of those in Power”. The Hebrew scriptures even tells us quite clearly, “Not to put any trust in no man for a piece for bread thou will transgress.” Correct me if I’m wrong , but I don’t think that I am. Because it is my belief that, when it comes to those individuals who are the custodians, and defenders of the public conscience; we have to take them with a grain of salt. Because in so doing, we wouldn’t deceive ourselves into believing that there’re so far removed from betraying the trust, and consceince of the public.

  8. Tareddy

    Is one ting ta be malicious but another ta be real fackin malicious….dis was happen ta de latter. i wud bib a cocktail now..cheers

  9. 27times

    Firebombing witness homes is a tradition in Bim. Long time ago I learned don’t be a witness. Don’t get involved where you have to be a witness. Not worth it. Not worth putting your home at risk.

  10. M. Thyster

    @ 27times

    I have to disagree with you. Without witnesses the entire justice system and society fall apart. It is part of the duties and responsibilities of any citizen to be a witness and to tell the truth. Everything falls apart if no one is willing to be a witness.

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  12. Terry Wilcock

    How sad to see and hear about these incidents, as we love the island and its people so much. It is such a shame that the few are spoiling it for the many. I hope the authorites catch and punish the culprits in a hard and public manner. I do not like the idea of “making examples” but this type of news can only harm what is already a fragile situation. If these people are not caught and punished heavily visitors will soon look twice at an island that has such a superb reputation for peace and safety. They may be isolated incidents and should not in any way be seen as “commonplace”
    Best of luck in removing the culprits from society

  13. Clifford Hansen, Devon

    When the white plantocracy was in charge, uppity negros would feel the wrath for daring to question. Today we have the black professional politicians in charge and uppity negros still feel the wrath for daring to question.

    Nothing has changed except who’s in charge.

  14. Pieter Pieper

    “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out.Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.Then they came for the trade unionistsand I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.(Then (they came for me and ) there was no one left to speak out for me”.(Martin Niemoller —1892-1984.)For those of us who are afraid to DO THE RIGHT THING (speak out),one day the tables will turn.We’ll wish we had others who would come to our defence but it’ll be too late ! All our cries will be in vain ! All it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to see,say and do nothing!

  15. Mark Fenty

    M Thyrster
    Yes, in the ideal world it is the duty of every citizen to act morally for the betterment of society, I can buy that argument. But in the real world, surely
    this is not the case. Because if we are free to make our own choices, then we are free to decide whether or not we are going to involve ourselves in any given issue. “( It is a matter of Conscience)”The philosopher and utilitarian Jeremy Bentham, asked this question, “Isn’t it not liberty to do evil liberty, society of course must restraint the man from abusing liberty, but in so doing, doesn’t society takes away liberty from the bad man and fool who abuse it.” We are all free to act on our own moral imperative, if we so choose.

  16. Mark Fenty

    M Thyster
    Emanuel Kant eloquently articulates a concept which he called the “(Moral Imperative)”, and that is, “To doing the right irrespective of the consequences or difficulties one experiences in the pursuit virtue”. The “(Hebrew Scriptures)” also dictates a moral recipe which governs the
    life of the believer. But these two concepts which I’ve just enunciated are predicated upon Free-will. In other words, one can decide or refuse as he or she sees fit, to do what is right according to societal standards. But it is only the law of conscience that impels us to do the right thing. “(The Law of Conscience is in essence “God”)” But on the other hand, any decent person who is governed by a set of moral principles, or convictions; would act on those principles and convictions in an effort to do what is right for the betterment of the society. One would think I hope.

  17. Mark Fenty

    M Thyster
    Emanuel Kant eloquently articulates a concept which he called the “(Moral Imperative)”, and that is, “To doing the right thing irrespective of the
    consequences and difficulties one experiences in the pursuit virtue”. The “(Hebrew Scriptures)” also dictates a moral recipe which governs the life of the believer. But these two concepts that I”ve just enunciated are predicated upon Free-will. In other words, one can decide or refuse as he or she sees fit. Only the law of conscience impels us to do the right thing. “(The law of Con science is in essence “God”)” But on the other hand, any decent person who is governed by a set of moral principles, or convictions; would act on those principles or convictions in an effort to do what is right for the betterment of the society. One would think, I hope.

  18. Mark Fenty

    I’ve made a reiterated endeavor to argue the point that man is at liberty to decide a course of action which he deems fit. In essence, man is not holding to the religious, moral, and civil laws, even though there concrete consequences to be suffered if he refuses to observe them.

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  20. Mark Fenty

    We must hope for a better world, if we honestly want to see real change in the existing conditions. What goes in the our minds has the power to change the way we think, that way we believe, and ultimately the way we behave.

  21. Mark Fenty

    We must hope for a better world, if we honestly want to see real change in the existing conditions. What goes in our minds has the power to change the way we think, the way we believe, and ultimately the way we behave.

  22. Anonymous

    @ Phil Officer @ Phil officer
    I have never once claimed to be anything more than a man who wishes to express his opinion unshackled of ridicule. And it seems quite clear to me, that you have had a problem accepting that view. Phil, from the young child in our society today, to the decrepit old fogy confined to a wheelchair has been endowed with divine autonomy. It is call Freewill or Self- determination by secular standards. You can call it whatever you wish, that’s your prerogative sir. You know, I may not have the eloquence and metaphor to articulate the way you do Phil, but I do have an opinion, and I’m going to express it whether you like it or not my friend.

    You can characterize me anyway way you choose, that’s your right. But I consider myself a nonconformist in the true sense of the word. Listen friend! We’re fully conditioned or determined at all. But, we must make that determination to accept what we believe it truth in this world today. Some of us have given little or not thought to the customs, intuitions, and convictions which have shaped our ways of thinking about life in general. And this has proven to be a major defect in the way we understand the world in which we live. It is one thing to believe that our way in the right way, and quite another to think that our way is the only way. And this has led me to ask the important question, what has happened to the concept of intellectual freedom; that important ingredient that has produced the rare intellects such as, Socrates, in ancient times and Bill Gates in our modern times? Are we no longer allowed to express of our opinion unrestrained from the curtailment social conventional?

    Furthermore, it is an utter disgrace to be associated with some of those people who refers to themselves as the educated class. And can’t even have the intellectual equanimity to accept a different of opinion without vitiate others for doing so, shame on you. Being educated has little to do with being able to articulate oneself with grammatical precision, and more to do with the art of use what you have been taught in the halls of academia and applying it to real life situations. I can accept constructive critical analysis of a given point of view that seems less than valid. But, what I can accept people who for the lack of knowledge use insult and unjustified criticism to denigrate another intellectual stance. This kind of conduct really undermines the authenticity of what it means to be educated. I have one final request to ask of you Phil, could you kindly ask Anonymous, how long has he and the Devil been beer buddies?

  23. Mark Fenty PHIl

    It is me again Phil!

  24. David

    Pieter piepter

    What about the other news outlets in Barbados are their not reporting the news fair and without bias?

  25. David

    You people are some of the most pitiful group of individuals I’ve seen. But of course, you’re British so it is understandable now.

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