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?


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Crime & Law, Police

54 responses to “British hero soldier Brian Mulligan stabbed to death in Barbados

  1. robert ross

    Well actually it was reported in yesterday’s Nation – briefly. But here’s the rub….police summoned an ambulance – there was NO RESPONSE and police “with permission” (eh?) took him to the QEH themselves/

  2. Mia

    Could it be that the fat cats on barbados have become less dependent on tourism (more on drugs & usury for instance) so things detoriating on the island might actually be part of their agenda.

  3. Kev Giles

    I have been coming to Barbados for 20 years as a single man, married man and now a family man. I was last on the island Feb 13 and although my love for your Island is truly in my heart, I could see that the Government has not got a handle on crime. Last year I stayed in the Gap and found myself and family getting a taxi from the (Excellent) Mexican restaurant back to Escape Hotel ,and as you know this is only a small walk. For the first time since 1992 I didn’t feel safe and for that reason only I found myself visiting Dubai instead of Barbados in February this year. Come on guys you need to sort your Island out, so we (the tourists) can return and feel safe again!

    More tourist = More jobs = less crime = more tax revenue for the island.

  4. Bajan Boy

    It’s amazing that an Island that needs the tourism sector to be healthy, does not see the PR disaster that potentially exists when it fails to address issues like this murder. It does not inspire confidence in Barbados’s ability to provide a safe environment for visitors. This Ostrich like approach exhibited by the Island’s leaders does not go down well, they may believe that by keeping a low profile any bad publicity may simply go away. The power of social media means that this incident has been publicised all over the world and potentially already damaged the image of the Island as a safe destination for visitors.

  5. Lord havemercy,Christ havemercy

    There are more questions than answers!.But we all know the health care system in Barbados is non- existent.Its seems the only people awake at night are the three Ts — Thieves,Taxidrivers and Tourists.. All others are unresponsive.

  6. Party Animal

    I get the feeling that we do not want Tourist, we just need to pull the Country down and become another Haiti.
    It is fast in coming. The Politicians Vendetta.

  7. FearPlay

    I am dumbfounded by the above remarks and more so by the slant of BFP on this incident. Why is it assumed that because someone whom happens to be a tourist dies as a result of an altercation suddenly Barbados, Barbadians, the Barbados Press and the Barbados Government do not care about tourism? Do the Police have a crystal ball that they can consult and IMMEDIATELY have a suspect to arrest? Was this killing condoned by Government? Thousands of tourist and citizens of their own countries are unfortunate to die every year at the hands of some low life criminal, the police do their job, the court does its job and justice is served. My deepest sympathy goes to the family of the deceased BUT please BFP, don’t decry and destroy this country for internet “hits” on the topic. Certainly you can better spend your time addressing some of the ills befalling Barbados at this time – like in the old days when you were in the forefront of highlighting dishonesty in government and its lack of performance. Where’s your Mojo?

  8. Websters from Sarnia Ontario

    Dear FearPlay,

    You should read some of the links in the Terry Swarzfeld murder and you’ll see that Barbados has a history of managing crime by not reporting it, or ignoring it. Things have been getting worse and worse on the island. That was obvious every year for the last ten every vacation. (Except this year because we did not go to Barbados for the first time in 11 years.)

    You should read BFP’s take on what your govermrent should do every time a tourist is injured or involved in a serious incident:

    I copied part of it here:

    Lesson one for Barbados therefore, is to realize that, once in a while, terrible things will happen on this island. Drunken teenaged tourists will get into cars with bad people while their school mates do nothing to prevent it, or the naive will go for a midnight swim in the surf – not thinking that hungry sharks come closer to shore for night feeding. These things will always happen no matter how much we try to prevent them.

    Lesson two for Barbados is that the initial police response to any crime or incident must be thoroughly professional – because the performance of our police, medical profession and other first reponders will be held up to scrutiny and compared against the best in the world. Any incident involving foreigners, no matter how major or minor, has the potential to generate international media attention under a variety of circumstances.

    Lesson three for Barbados is that 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.

    Lesson four for Barbados is that there should be a professional “international incident” response plan and policies in place. Perhaps 70% of our economy is tourist based in one way or another, and we should be responding to any incident with an attitude, resources and actions that show we care. For the police, that means that senior experienced officers are assigned from the first opportunity, and that senior management does everything it can to provide resources above and beyond the normal response. That might sound like a double standard when a victim is a tourist vs. a citizen – and it is – but the international scrutiny demands 110% and nothing less.

  9. Websters from Sarnia Ontario

    As BFP says, who knows what happened at this stage but the real story here is that a British visitor was stabbed and NO AMBULANCE CAME. How much time was wasted waiting for an ambulance that never came?

    Maybe the lesson here is that things are so bad that just like in any other banana republic, the rule is “never wait for the ambulance because you will die waiting. Get you or your loved one to a hospital right away by whatever means you can because the promised ambulance will not come, or might be nothing more than a pickup truck when it finally gets there.”

    Welcome to the new Barbados rule.

  10. Anonymous

    Once again I will use just one word Sad !! You are on the road to nowhere my lovely BIm

  11. Anonymous

    The Ambulance service in Barbados is just a pick up service… There are no emergency doctors or nurses on board to deliver any medication or any life saving actions to the dying person … So why wait for them … Dozens of if not hundreds have literally died waiting over the years !! Disgusting and shameful. Blp , DLP it makes no difference… Just a bunch of incompetent bumbling “Ministers” who talk and talk , and who DO nothing ! We are a lot more third world than we like to believe.

  12. Furious Resident

    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the wife and family of this gentleman. There is no excuse for this sort of thing to be happening in Barbados.
    However there are some issues i would like to point out .Firstly, the bar in question where he was drinking has been known to the people of Dover and beyond as haven for drugs for many years. Cocaine and anything else is freely available and rumor has it that the staff, the taxi drivers and the drug dealers all sell openly there. There is no security and it is usually manned by relatively young girls who really have no control.
    Secondly the incident happened outside the bar in Scotty’s next door which was closed at that point. Therefore the owner of the Gap Bar will simply wash her hands of it and say it happened elsewhere – nothing to do with her!!
    Thirdly the police do not police that area and the dealers and those wishing to do business with them hang out there all night every night. Most self respecting locals would not be seen dead in the place
    Fourthly no ambulance was available that night and by all accounts when the police did arrive they did very little to assist the situation.
    Tourists and locals should be free to walk around at any hour of the day or night free of harassment and fear of being killed. They are much less likely to feel threatened if these dealers, beggars, certain bartenders and taxi drivers are removed from the streets. All those tourism workers in these areas are duty bound to report people selling drugs and harassing tourists since it is killing our livelihoods. And the police are duty bound to do something about it. I see them every day bantering with the drug dealers like they were their best friends. This has got to stop and we have to clean up this island. We need street light that work and cameras that are strategically placed to ensure that the police can see what is happening and get there in time to sort out a problem.
    I fully agree with the concept that there are dealers on the street selling drugs because there is a demand for them .Remove the supply and the demands will change.

  13. Websters from Sarnia Ontario

    And how would a person new to the island (or even me after visiting 15 times) know that at this time of night, drug dealers and violent people hang out at the gap? Isn’t this the world famous Gap? One of the major tourist destinations on the island? How is a new visitor supposed to know it is dangerous?

  14. Anonymous

    The. Government. Should. Be. All. Shame. ! But. No. They. Don’t. Care. The. Law. Don’t. Care. ! As. For. The. Hospital. And. Medical. Care…..I. Give. Them. A. F……. And. A. F……again. And again…..its. A. Shame…..everything. In. Barbados. Needs. To. Be.. Up Graded. All. You. Get. From. Barbados. Talk. AND. More. Talk….

  15. anonymous

    Barbados police are a very bad joke. Barbados ambulance service is a worse joke. Third world is not even close as a description.


    The government is fraud , lawyers fraud, crook are in place doing what crooks do, but the biggest crooks are the DLP and BLP together as the Caribbean Crooks on NO Justice, Banks crook and building on trespassed lands with no clear title , So therefore from the ground up is fraud , When the tourist look in to the land sales and see no clear title , All hell will come out , even before the Bajan wake up and make fuss, Outsider will have to lead the way ,

  17. I simply cannot close my eyes for the night without expressing my absolute sadness and disgust at this recent violent attack on an innocent person, who whether he be a tourist or not has the right to LIFE and NOONE has the right to take this away. What a dreadful shock for his widow and family and how difficult life will be for them coming to terms with his sad loss. Life has its trials and tribulations but this one had no right to have taken place.
    What is happening to my beautiful island which I so proudly boast about when I am often asked where I come from. As a former representative as it were of this holiday paradise and as a former flight attendant for the then Caribbean Airways, many years ago, I can say proudly that crime was NEVER a problem for tourists. Now it is rampant, it would appear. It is totally unacceptable, accprding to what I read, that noone has officially come forward to offer condolences to this distressed family.
    Where are their hearts ? Does’nt anyone give a hoot ? These criminalistic incidents will clearly have serious repercussions on the B’dian economy as eventually word of mouth will stop visitors frm wanting to take their holiday of a lifetime in BGI. Then what ? These criminals should be found and made an example of, and the Barbadian Government ought to have the issue of the increase of crime on their list of priorities. To think that this young man was a war hero, had lived through a war (resulting in deafness,) and goes ALL the way to Barbados to be KILLED.!! At least in a war he knew who his adversary was. Here he obviously taken unawares, without even knowing who the ENEMY was. Totally disgraceful. No excuse can be accepted for this type of behaviour. What has happened to Barbados?

  18. robert ross

    On the police…I visited a certain station today to deliver a letter to the Magistrates’ Court adjacent. I went into the (police) office. There were roughly nine (no less) officers there who pretty well universally looked down their noses at me -well they always do that. It’s a way of making themselves feel important. An officer took me out to show me the Magistrates’ Court office. I then realised why they were all there together… GUESS …you got it…they were watching the World Cup. There was NEVER a better time for criminal activity in Bim.

  19. Arab The Ahab PBUH

    Jihad, Jihad! One less infidel to blow up! LOL

  20. St George's Dragon

    The rumor, which may be completely false, is that Mulligan was with some colleagues, they were doing a deal with a rasta guy, something went wrong and it got a bit heated. The rastaman drew a knife, Mulligan tried to stop the fight and he got stabbed. The rastaman is meant to have been picked up trying to leave through Grantley Adams. Street rumor – unchecked.

  21. Victor

    You start thinking to yourself “there should be CCTV cameras! The area should be intensely policed to protect the public! Known dealers should be left in jail! Visitors should be warned to be extra careful!, there should be special measures in place to respond quickly, press statements released asap. Special responses should be in place for such an incident. Even if it seems unfair to locals that tourists get special treatment as the damage to the tourist industry is so damaging to the economy! etc. etc.” Then you realise this will never happen in a country which is subsiding into a place where it is not safe to be out at night like other parts of the third world.
    We don’t have the facts yet but it seems as if the victim was not just another drunken yob tourist but a family man working in Barbados with a distinguished war record. It would be better to get some kind of statement from the authorities than nothing at all instead of leaving everybody wondering…and fearing Barbados as a destination.

  22. Credas

    Just to add to what Websters from Sarnia Ontario wrote; tourists will accept that they’re exposed to a a higher level of risk than at home, but not an entirely different level. Compare the UNODC intentional murder rate statistics for 2012 (per 100,000 population):

    Jamaica – 39.3
    St Lucia – 21.6
    Seychelles – 9.5
    Barbados 7.4
    USA 4.8
    Mauritius – 2.8
    Canada 1.6
    UK 1.0

    So Barbados really isn’t that bad (or wasn’t in 2012 anyway), but it’s not that far from losing its “safe” reputation with European visitors, at least.

  23. Sciswis

    I too love Barbados, but fear it is not safe anymore. I have heard that about the police, my nephew who lives there would love join the police. So far he has had no joy, and funnily enough I have never seen a white police officer ?


    barbados,,barbados.what have you done.????????
    so he was a tough guy from the army and all.but flesh against cold sharp steel is useless.
    i have seen these English people messing around or cursing the local Barbadian folks like they own the place.but i do not think it is such a good idea English.
    i am not saying this is good or by any means i agree with this atrocity.i am saying one day i saw English tourist on paynes bay [men] cursing a bajan fisherman in his open small boat trying to throw the net to get bait.and these 3 drunk fairly big English men on the beach hollering at him and telling him to f off and threatening him.the fisher man was just outside the buoys there to show where motors are not allowed.NOW SUPPOSED the fisher man had got mad
    and waited and watched and then?????????them all.
    just saying ENGLISH.nothing personal. just common sense.

  25. M T Pockets

    No Ambulance? I thought they just got 15 new tricycle ambulances from some Gulf state? I would have expected one to show up by noon at least.

    Many locals warned me about walking around St.Lawrence alone or late at night. Although i did anyway many times with no incidence, along with other said trouble spots. Also went late in the surf as mentioned above but no sharks.


  27. Sciswis there was one white police one time in my lifetime that i know of and that is more than 50 years , think he got stabbed and then retired to a desk ! Black in Barbados target whites mostly ! Local whites are hated by some just because they are White barbadian cause the masses are ignorant of the FACT that the IRISH were the first SLAVES and Indentured labour force and POLICE of Barbados !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If old man Farmer and Foster were around they would hang dem all !Best we can do in Barbados like White S.Africans is hope for US marshalls ?Canadian special forces Or English POLICE to Clean up BIMSHIRE Cause the Criminals are maybe cousins of the POLICE! CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT IN BARBADOS !

  28. Credas The Murder rate is TERRIBLE IN BARBADOS DON”T YOU WHITE WASH IT JACK ! USA GOT #!$,000,000.00 people and Barbados ratio is worse ! I was in BIM for 4 months last winter and it had 4 murders and about 10 shootings and stabbing , What You talking BOUT!

  29. HOPE THEY CATCH THESE NASTY ANIMALS SOON < I WAS ALSO ROBBED AT GUN POINT TWICE IN MY LIFE AND MY BROTHER AS WELL !THERE ARE TWO OR about 5 main spots to look foir these Bastards they are: Hole Town Gap 1 and 2 and villages nearby also , Nelson Street , Chapman Lane and St lawrence gap and surrounding areas and ST PHILIP as they come down from UP there and do there nasty crimes ! I would keep my guns loaded if I were you in Barbados !

  30. ASHTEAD mAN “SO Welch Lets see HIs photo WHO IS HE ? “

  31. Lee

    Like many others before I’ve been coming to your lovely island for years. I’ve travelled with groups of friends, with my partner and many times on my own.

    I can honestly say hand on heart I have never been offered drugs. Yes I see it going on around me, yes I hear tourists looking for it and yes I’ve sat outside that bar at 3am with my girlfriends on the way home from the gap, not wanting the night out to end. My point is that I get on with my life and let others get on with theirs. I feel safe and looked after by the people of Barbados some of whom I dare say others might look down their nose at. I take people as I find them and will continue to do so for as long as I can afford to travel. I can’t thank the people of Dover enough for the hospitality I’ve experienced these past 20 years xxx

  32. clair

    My heart and thoughts are with Brian’s wife family at this sad time.

    We as a family have just returned from staying in The Gap Barbados two weeks ago and am totally shocked at this news.
    There are drugs crime and what ever else happens at dark in the Gap like there is in most countries where the night life is after hours as Lee said above yes you do see it and you know its going on but if you stay away from it…. They get on with there’s and you get on with yours and i have always felt safe in barbados and find the locals really look out and after you as its only a small island and everyone know everybody.
    I love barbados love the people never felt as safe anywhere else.
    Hope this does not affect the good people in the community…………..

  33. Victor

    Claire, it’s not just about a polite “no thank you” when somebody offers you drugs, in the fond belief that they will then go away. You have to realise that many of the sellers are themselves on crack etc. at the time. Their response to your “no thank you” can be inordinately violent, as they shout you down the street as you walk away. They are not in control of themselves, needing money desperately to get another fix and can react madly to even a polite no thank you.
    I have been accosted on Swan Street many a time by mad-eyed nutters in broad daylight whilst just going about my shopping, they follow you, wobbling away. I’ve been offered crack outside Cave Shep, in Woolworths upstairs and at Fairchild whilst queuing for the bus.
    So it’s not just about avoiding hot spots like the Gap, late at night. It even happened to me INSIDE Popular.
    These addicts are on a roll, their only aim to score some cash to pay for more drugs. They are desperate and have lost all sense of reality. They are therefore really dangerous to visitors and locals alike.
    If you were an upstanding family man, with a distinguished war record yet deaf from your wartime work, and some nutter approached you trying to sell drugs, you might get impatient and angry and tell them to f off. Wrong move. You might be knifed to death.
    So what to do as a tourist? Bottom line is that you are not safe even in Cave Shep, Woolworths, Fairchild St Swan Street from the predations of these crack freaks. You’d always have to be aware that at any moment some nutter might knife you.
    Conclusion? Go to an all-inclusive for your beach holiday. Try to avoid interacting with locals.

  34. CJB

    Quote: “These addicts are on a roll, their only aim to score some cash to pay for more drugs. They are desperate and have lost all sense of reality. They are therefore really dangerous to visitors and locals alike.”

    So what are the authorities and the police doing to clean up Barbados from drugs and the nutters roaming the tourist areas? Its a small Island after all. Why isn’t the said bar in Dover raided and closed down? OBVIOUSLY THE POLICE ARE DOING NOTHING. Bribes perhaps? Aha – corruption emanating from the top down AGAIN – how else do people get rich?

  35. Victor

    I didn’t make it clear in my last post that the addicts who importune visitors and locals alike for cash are not the same as the dealers. Obviously the dealers already have drugs for their own use otherwise they wouldn’t be selling. But dealers send addicts to try to get cash from people or persuade them to buy, as paid touts, so the dealers themselves can keep below the radar. So if a penniless addict approached someone in an effort to persuade them to buy drugs, they might well not be the person who is running the deal, just a hapless pawn. Who cannot help resorting to violence, so needy for his next fix is he.
    IF the police attend a reported incident, the dealer has melted away, leaving only the tout to take the flack. Should that tout be interviewed at the police station, he may, under duress, name names but that’s where police corruption kicks in…
    In order to tackle the problem from the top down, large sums of money are needed to police the borders – the sea – and airports, identify and pursue and prosecute the importers and dealers and help the addicts, Obviously an independent commission needs to be set up to tackle police corruption. In an ideal world.
    But Barbados has neither the funds nor inclination to implement these measures, regardless of the fact that tourism, so vital to the economy, is damaged every time such an incident occurs.
    In a collapsing economy, such incidents cost the public and Government incalculably, directly affecting revenue and income to the island.
    As to visitors, I suggest they do their best to avoid areas like the Gap late at night. You are no longer a “”welcome guest”, more a “target”. If you want to visit an idyllic Caribbean paradise forget about going out at night and getting drunk, stay in your all-inclusive or your gated community and only run the risk of food poisoning!. In fact, go to the Dominican Republic to do so, where it is much cheaper.

  36. kentusmaximus

    i wrote about the gap on tripadvisor and name crack alley,
    i said on tripadvisor that the gap is not safe. imediately some
    tripadvisor expert cut down my comment and called me a fool
    then my post on the gap was quickly removed and tripadvisor
    experts or what ever dem is call dem pun the TRIPADVISOR
    tells all is well in the gap and have a good time and not to worry.
    do not try to write anything bad on the TRIPADVISOR site about barbados dem does get paid to premote places and tours in barbados so……………………………
    let dem learn the hard way.bunch of know it all jackasses.
    cause dem does come to barbados for 2 weeks every year for 20 years. yea whatever.

  37. Lee

    I couldn’t disagree with you more Victor. I have never been made to feel a target and always made to feel welcome – I am not at all interested in gated communities or all inclusive hotels – the crime I see in Barbados is no different to what’s around me in London each and every day.

    From the reports I’ve read Mr Mulligan might have been involved in some sort of altercation at 5.30am – he was hardly being pursued through town by a junkie trying to force him to buy drugs. Scaremongering doesn’t help the situation one little bit

  38. Victor

    Lee you obviously don’t know the island. There are far more murders per capita in Barbados than in the UK Google it. As long as people like you call this serious issue “scaremongering” and try to whitewash the problem, nothing will be done to stem the increasing tide of drug related crime in Barbados. It must be addressed and dealt with for the benefit of the economy.
    I got begged and offered drugs in Popular! Read my earlier post.

  39. Lee

    I know the Island very well indeed Victor. I don’t disagree with you that it’s a serious issue – my point is that it’s a serious issue the world over not just in Barbados. I am not calling the issue ‘scaremongering’. I agree that much needs to be done – but recommending that tourists stay away is not the solution. I tell people to exercise the same degree of personal security/caution that they would anywhere else in the world.

  40. clair

    I myself know this is a serious issue and something has got to be done……
    But google every place you take a holiday for crime you just would not get out of the U.K and all-inclusive in barbados whats the point there are so many places to experience and see thats really not my kind of a holiday each to there own i say. keep safe and stay away from trouble like i would say to anyone at home on a night out in manchester city centre even in the day too.

  41. glad to head michael O’neal Beckles 54 was arrested , wonder if it is the rite man though ! I hope so , Video cameras and police patrols on St Lawrence is the only answer and grab all the dealers and corrupt Taxi menb and Bar tenders , send them to Dodds for a few years and then restrict teir movement unless rehabilitated !

  42. Chris begs for kickback

    A wonder if this is the same Barbados I live in wunna talking about? Barbados is safe like New York and London this murder could have occurred anywhere else. It was nevertheless unfortunate and the police where able to capture the perp in less than 7 days.

  43. Chris begs for kickback

    @Barbadosredman, you commentary is alarmist in nature and not fair. How many visitors get rob or murdered in London or New York. You seem to relish in negativity and I suggest you will loose your credibility as an excellent historian if you continue with the gloom of unfortunate death of the tourist.

  44. @Arab The Ahab PBUH MUSLIM ASSHOLE! @Chris begs feedback , England and Europe and N.America are not a tiny Island that rely on Tourist ! Idiot! Ratio of Murders in Barbados Especially on WHITE tourists are higher than anywhere in the world ! Idiot!

  45. this one on here Arab needs uncovering as he is a Muslim Extremist in our midst , Barbados was founded by King james KJV ! So people like him need weeding out ! Wonder if its that muslim boy Houssin that went school wid way back when cause he was always a piece of work!ONE WORD

  46. Anonymous


    Furious resident, you are correct that an ambulance was not called for that night and the Police refused to help, while they and bystanders stood by and watcheda young Father of two die in front of them. I have visited the Island and would never go back !

  47. Anonymous

    I have been going to Barbados for 17 years I know the place where he was stabbed have been there many many times.the goverment police people of barbados do not give a fuck they will not see my money any more sold my condo at the crane local are fucking rude pricks by by

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  50. Anonymous

    It is 13 weeks on Sunday since Brian died and the pain for his family and friends is as raw today as it was then. Just because he was an ex soldier does not mean that he was some kind of ‘hard man’. He wasn’t! He was a loving, caring family man who was working in Barbados to provide for his family, he wasn’t on holiday. He had been watching the England game earlier in the evening and the reason he was in that particular bar was because it was very close to the accommodation that the Company had provided for the employees to live in. Brian was a very quiet, laid back man and in all the years I knew him he was never involved in any kind of fight or aggressive behaviour. All we can hope for now is that the BARBADOS legal system gives him the justice he deserves.