Monday 6 July, 2020

Grieving mother says her son was not a criminal

Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor

A grieving mother is hoping to clear her son’s name days after he was murdered. 

Barry Taylor, a 35-year-old resident of Shop Hill, St. Thomas was found lying along the roadside in Edgehill, St. Thomas on Tuesday night. Police believe Taylor died of apparent stab wounds, after he was discovered with a laceration to the neck.  

His mother, Joan Benn told Loop News in an interview she is certain her first-born son was not a criminal, neither did he associate with any known criminals.  

Benn explained, she had been made aware of a voice note circulating on social media implying that Taylor’s death was connected to the death of 47-year-old Corey ‘Yabba’ Parris of the same address.  

Parris was confronted by a gunman on Wednesday evening in the vicinity of Baxter’s Road, The City while driving a vehicle. He received multiple gunshots about the body and was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Benn said the voice note alleges that Parris and her son were “soldiers” of Andre Jackman who goes by the alias “Lord Evil” or “Punchies”.  

She told Loop News this information is not true. 

“My son is nothing like that. People that know Barry would know he would not be associated with no Lord Evil.” 

Benn said her son’s quiet persona is testament to the fact that he did not associate with, who she described as, “career criminals”.



{Pictured Above: Corey 'Yabba' Parris}


She said Taylor was a quiet and peaceful person who would only “speak when spoken to”.  

She admitted her son was struggling with a drug habit, however, she stressed he was not a violent person, neither was he known to be involved in any confrontation. 

In recalling the details of the night Taylor was killed, Benn said after she came home from work Taylor popped into the house for a brief moment. 

“He just come in and say ‘good evening Mummy’ and I say ‘good evening Barry’ and then he went back out.” 

She said he had given no indication that he was upset or feared for his life. She was later alerted by a neighbour that Taylor had been attacked and was lying in the road. 

Benn said the stress of losing her son in such a gruesome way has been made worse with the allegations that he was an associate of "Lord Evil".  

“You think that at this time that I grieving, I should have to be dealing with this?” 

The only connection between the death of Taylor and Parris, she asserted, was the address where the men originated from. She said the allegation that Taylor was an associate of “Lord Evil” as left a “nasty stain” on her family.  

Both Parris and Jackman were the subject of a wanted bulletin issued by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) back in December 2012. In October 2017, Parris and a New Orleans resident were jointly charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.  

When Loop News visited the family of Corey Parris, they declined to be interviewed.

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