Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Homicides in 2020 down by almost 50 per cent compared to 2019

Barbados has recorded its 15th homicide for the year 2020.

Police Public Relations Officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss confirmed this figure to the media today (May 14).

Today, a triple murder pushed the island's stats to 15. The trio died in a home invasion at River Land in St Philip. The deceased were a 42-year-old mother Daile Sutton and her 24-year-old son Keno Sutton. Keno was a former student of the Garrison Secondary School, now The Graydon Sealy Secondary School. 

Family friend, 23-year-old Kyle Parris was found dead in the River Land residence as well when police entered the home and made the discoveries.

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By this same time last year, Barbados had recorded 25 homicides.

May 2019 started with two fatal shootings. On May 5, 2019, a fatal shooting incident occurred in a housing area along Country Road, St Michael. Eton Lyken, a 45-year-old father of four - three of whom are under the age of four years old, died in that robbery. Then on May 10, in Ruby Tenantry, St Philip, police responded to a fatal shooting scene. The deceased, whose lifeless body was seen on the ground after gunshots rang out around 8.30 pm, was Katani Callender. He was 29 years old and from Deacons Farm, St. Michael. 

Though 2020's rate is down from last year, this year's homicide rate still surpasses the tallies for 2017 and 2018 by this same time.

Barbados' tally for murders to date in 2019, has surpassed the figures for both 2018 and 2017. By the start of April 2017, the murder toll stood at five, and by April 5, 2018, the murder toll was eight.

Barbados is currently under a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, as part of the COVID-19 Directive.

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