“The police said I might not be able to see my son if I pursued charges.”
special by Dentella Dorma Marie Hoyos
I once loved the little Rock but after being raped here literally and figuratively it has changed for me. I have kept so much pain buried inside and at some point you become like a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker blows a gasket. The water is boiling and those boils are tears of a tormented traumatized soul.
I never like to talk about this but will shortly after I was separated from my husband in Barbados. I watched my mother die suddenly in front of me in a home utilities some were turned off. Doctor Richard Corbin in his own words. “Mrs. Hoyos has been under tremendous stress and the sudden death of her mother is related to her divorce.”
Then after my mom died which was the first devastating blow of many. I was dealt another blow. As I was left to fend for myself . I hired some workers to do work on the beach home. I paid them what they asked and they worked late one evening. They knew I lived alone and my boyfriend was gone. I went to rest as I had hired them for a week. I was subsequently assaulted in the very home that I am in now. I had a boyfriend at the time that was supportive and comforting after this hellish ordeal. I can’t believe I am one of those one in four women stats but I am.
I often tried so hard to bury that pain and it comes back when I least expect it and like flood gates of hells fires have been opened. With the help of this boyfriend ( We ) found one of my attackers. He can confirm this and would and has and remains a close friend. The police said I might not be able to see my son if I pursued charges. Documented. I was so confused. What do I do? Catch 22… do I bring justice and not see my son. What was I to blame that I hired some bad workers? Unknowingly recommended to me, this what is being laid at me.
So somewhere my attackers are walking free… Free to harm again. Free to hurt another’s heart. For any tears any woman has if she is assaulted and I did not get them locked up I feel just as much at fault and blame. If I had only been stronger and had the courage and conviction to pursue a criminal case.
… continue reading the story of this courageous woman at Sheri Veronica’s blog Raped, beaten and robbed in Barbados
Recipe for Social Disaster
Combine a broken court system with understaffed, under-trained & underfunded police force. Throw in some crook politicians, a general rise in societal violence, and mass unemployment.
Bake for a year in the hot Bajan sun. Top with some drug profits and rum.
It’s a wonder that the Royal Barbados Police Force was able to hold the serious crimes rise to only 14% over 2014.
Lord, we better get some mass job creation ’bout this place and soon.
Nation: Police chief confirms rise in crime against Bajans
“The bottom line is that we were terrified, and vowed never to explore anywhere near that part of the island again.”
Comment on TripAdvisor by Canadian tourist MelvaOntario_Canada, January 8, 2015
“Just got back from an amazing trip to Barbados. The only negative part was that we ran into the Boscobel toll gang. Reading some of the accounts I have read online, I think we got off pretty lightly, but it was still a pretty scary experience. Steer clear of Boscobel unless you want to get mugged!”
Comment on TripAdvisor by UK tourist wintersun2010, June 27, 2012
“This has been happening in Barbados for many years. It happened to us near north point in St Lucy same thing, road closed etc. Lost money and a camera.”
Comment on TripAdvisor by UK tourist footychick, June 18, 2009
Barbados Police helpless to stop Boscobel Toll Gang
The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” has been terrorizing and extorting tourists and outsiders for at least ten years. Thousands of tourists have been accosted and frightened into paying money to pass.
Hotels and car hire agencies regularly warn tourists to avoid the Boscobel area, lest the tourists be frightened when the gang blocks the road and demands money to pass. As they do each and every day at the “TEE” intersection.
These thugs have been subjects of discussions at Trip Advisor and other travel forums for a full ten years. Writing to a Canadian tourist in 2010, Prime Minister David Thompson declared the matter closed, telling the tourist “I believe that this matter has been investigated and I have certainly received no other negative reports.”
The Prime Minister unfortunately was either uninformed or shining on the Canadian – because Toll Gang activity continued and grew.
Boscobel, Barbados – home turf of the Boscobel Toll Gang Continue reading
Dear Barbados Free Press,
Or should I say “Dear Lord, OH LORD!”
Is there something I’m missing about living on this rock? Have you ever seen and heard of so much violence?
Neipaul Trotman (above) is shot and murdered at Fitts Beach in broad daylight at 11am while playing with his infant son. A dozen tourists witness his execution. Then a day or two later Cyprian Payne was sleeping when somebody firebombed the home. The man comes out to fight the fire and is shot numerous times, and is hanging onto his life by a thread at the hospital.
We built a pedestrian overpass at The Pine so that folks could safely cross the ABC highway and now thugs are throwing concrete building blocks onto the vehicles below. There have been several serious incidents and injured motorists.
A week ago Dwayne Johnson was traveling in a ZR van when he had words with another man. Only words. That man shot him in the back right in the ZR van!
Am I going crazy, or is this island going crazy? It never used to be like this.
No arrests reported
Brian 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?
The last anyone saw of this case in the Bajan news outlets was when Lawyer Philip Vernon Nicholls was freed on bail for Money Laundering and Theft of $675,000 from a client. Nicholls was due back in court on February 25, 2014, but the news media didn’t cover that appearance. Can anyone advise what happened?
Or… is this yet another case of charges being dropped for no reason?
Here’s BFP’s original November 2, 2013 article when he was released on bail…
Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:
Prominent Barbados attorney-at-law Philip Vernon Nicholls is free on $200,000 bail and will return to court on February 25, 2014 to face charges of money laundering and theft of $674,172.
The offenses are said to involve a foreign real estate client – a method of stealing money that seems all too prevalent amongst Bajan lawyers. (Check out some of BFP’s past stories on this topic: here, here, here, here, here, here and here – get the picture?)
In the past many Bajan lawyers bought their way out of similar theft charges. Until recently most of these complaints were dealt with internally by the Barbados Bar Association until the volume of thieving lawyers walking free so undermined the reputation of Bajan lawyers that the association and the police were forced to really do something. Still though, most lawyers end up buying their way out in a…
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On Saturday night, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a Brooklyn, New York town hall meeting that although there have been publicised isolated incidents, crime is not running rampant in Barbados.
Folks in Grape Hall might have a different opinion because you can’t leave a shirt hanging out to dry without keeping an eye out for it, and it’s not wise to walk in the evening unless you are in a group or sure of yourself. Five years ago things were different. Tell me if I’m wrong! While a few Brit tourists have said very public goodbyes to Bim, most don’t write letters when they make that decision.
Looking at some of the headlines from the 24 hours after Mia’s message, and knowing how things are – you have to ask yourself if Mia and some of her fellow political class really believe what they say publicly. Or, do they think they can ‘solve’ the crime problem by denial?
Nation News: Mottley: No rampant crime.
Telegraph UK: Briton fatally stabbed in Barbados
Nation News: Guns Ablaze