Monday 28 September, 2020

Murders up in Barbados

Barbados has recorded eight murders for 2018, as of yesterday morning, Thursday, April 5.

This is almost a 40 percent increase over the number of murders reported by this same time last year. The Police Public Relations Officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss told Loop News that the number has risen "by three". In 2017, by now the island had recorded five murders. The number has almost doubled in the same four-month span.

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Inniss said at the time he could not say for certain if more of the murders this year were due to stab wounds, but he noted the last three murders were as a result of stabbings.

Over the last two weeks, Henley, St. John resident Jakeil Small was stabbed multiple times in The Pine, St. Michael on March 23, 2018, and rushed to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries. The police officer killed on the morning of March 26, in a stabbing incident in Kingsland, Christ Church, was 31-year-old, Shayne Welch. Then the next day, March 27, Kemar Gooding, 23 years of Ellerton, St. George, a ZR conductor by profession, was pronounced dead whilst receiving treatment at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Q.E.H after being stabbed during an altercation in the River Van Stand, Bridgetown.

Beyond this, Barbados' crime statistics are slightly down.

Revealing such recently was Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, responsible for Crime, Colvin Bishop. Highlighting the picture of crime in Barbados, he called on newly educated members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to help the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) reduce crime in all spheres.

He told the detectives, "The role of the CID is not only limited to investigations, it also deals with crime prevention."

Bishop shared that for the year 2018 the overall total number of cases of crime is more than 100 less than for the same period in 2017.

Besides murders which moved from five to eight in just over a week, in the areas of major crime, Bishop said at the time, the statistics were showing "a seven percent reduction in our crime." He went on to state that robberies were 56 compared with 60, rape 10 compared to 22, aggravated burglary nine compared with 12, theft from persons 24 compared with 33, commercial burglary 44 compared with 51 and other burglary was 219 when compared with 217 for the year 2017."

Barbados' murder hike is noted mere days after Britain also reports an increase in violent killings in London. London recorded its 53rd murder for 2018 this week. The 18-year-old, Israel Ogunsola was stabbed to death. Now, amidst the murder spike, there are calls for the Mayor's resignation.

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