Chef shot outside Cin Cin
by Emmanuel Joseph
Police in Barbados are investigating an especially brutal murder and kidnapping, that forced the temporary closure today of an upscale restaurant on the West Coast.
The “execution-style” shooting death of 33 year old Kari Nolan Cumberbatch, a chef at Cin Cin By The Sea Restaurant at Prospect, St. James, is understood to have resulted from a domestic feud.
Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch said the tragedy occurred just after 10 o’clock this morning in the car park of the restaurant.
Reports are that Cumberbatch, the father of a young son, was “dropping off” another employee, with whom he was “friendly”, when a man pumped two shots into his body — one in the chest and a second, point-blank in his head.
Police said Cumberbatch, of 33 Fairview Heights, St. George, died on the spot.
The female employee, said to be one of the managers at the restaurant, was subsequently taken away from the scene in a vehicle, driven by a man, believed to be her estranged husband. That man, now in custody, was later held by police in a St. Michael community.
The St. Lucy woman, police explained, sustained an injury to her head and was taken to a private medical facility for treatment. Sources close to the investigations informed Barbados TODAY that police found out where the suspect was and went for him.
The body of the deceased remained in the driver’s seat where he sat when he was slain — covered in a white sheet. What appeared to be a woman’s hand bag, lay nearby outside of the car.
Wayne Cumberbatch, the victim’s father, tried to remain in control of his emotions, as he revealed very little information to this newspaper. However, Cumberbatch, who lived at the same home as his dead son, noted that he had called the “boy’s” grandfather this morning to wish him happy birthday, “then for this to happen”.
Fellow employees of the dead chef and wounded female colleague were visibly traumatised, as some could be seen either crying or otherwise grieving.
As police cordoned off the immediate area and passing motorists “crawled” along the bustling West Coast highway and peered curiously at the crime scene, management and staff huddled under a tree by the sea side aback the restaurant, as professional counsellors sought to console them.
A senior management official told this newspaper that the business would remain closed for the day because “we are too traumatised”.
“They are like family,” the official said.
As news of the tragedy spread, people converged on the scene to find out what had happened and to see the body.
Meanwhile, the management and staff of Cin Cin By The Sea Restaurant in a statement this evening, extended “our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kari Nolan Cumberbatch”.
The company said it was with a sense of sorrow that it expressed utmost regret at the senseless curtailing of a young life in the car park of their restaurant.
“The situation has impacted us all and our staff will be undergoing counselling prior to our re-opening,” added the statement. “The tragic events … will remain with us forever, as will our fond memories of Kari — a father, a son and a talented chef with a bright future. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by his untimely passing.” firstname.lastname@example.org†††††††