Monday 16 July, 2018

Traumatic video hurting loved ones more, police issue a plea

Scene in Swan Street today.

Scene in Swan Street today.

Police are tonight asking people to stop sharing the traumatic video from today’s fatal stabbing incident in Bridgetown.

“Think of those young children.”

This is the plea of the Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss since persons have been sharing a video showing a dying mother at the scene of a crime.

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In the video, it can be seen that persons tried to restrain two young children, a boy and a girl and get them away from the body and area.

Police are withholding the victim’s identity still at this time. She is 36 years old and was at her place of employment, at #41 in Swan Street. The salon is located in Mandela Mall. She was a nail technician.

Calling on persons to refrain from sending the video around via WhatsApp and other means, Inniss said:

“We always ask persons who are using social media,… please bear in mind what the family are going through particularly those young children and other close and extended family members. It is very hurtful. It is very traumatic and we advise people to desist from doing things like that.

“What they are doing is not helping the issue at all and it is sad that people would take pride in circulating videos like that under those tragic, tragic circumstances.

“We are pleading with those persons to desist, have some sort of humility, have some sort of morality and understand that it is not just about them in the world, but they are hurting the families and loved ones and we don’t want that. We can do without that!”

On Facebook, some people have taken the stance not to share or even view the horrific video. Some Barbadians have posted statuses saying how disappointed they are in the fact that people recorded the video in the first place and secondly they are saddened that people would share such. Many of these individuals in their statuses are calling on Bajans to "do better".

If people wish to help, police are urging any witnesses to come forward and give assistance as investigations into this matter continue.