Stabbing suspect in police custody
A man on the police wanted list is the suspect in the stabbing death of British national Brian Mulligan, a former Iraqi war veteran, who was fatally stabbed in Dover, Christ Church, last weekend.
Police public relations officer Inspector David Welch confirmed a man was in custody. Although he declined to disclose his identity, Barbados TODAY understands that 54-year-old Michael Oneal Beckles, who was on the police wanted list, is the man being questioned. He was nabbed by lawmen yesterday.
Mulligan, 28, was reportedly involved in an altercation with a man early Sunday morning when he was stabbed in the chest and subsequently died of his injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
A story published in yesterday’s Daily Mail of England said Mulligan, a married father of two, was in Barbados on a six-month contract as a telecoms engineer at telecommunications company LIME.
Mulligan served as a soldier for eight years and completed tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland before being medically discharged two years ago when he led a charge into an Iraqi house and an enemy grenade exploded close to him, leaving him 70 to 80 per cent deaf in one ear and severely deaf in the other. After his discharge, he became a communications engineer, helping install cable and digital communications networks at Heathrow’s new terminal before leaving for Barbados about eight weeks ago.
Mulligan flew to Barbados with other British engineers to begin a project, leaving his 28-year-old wife Jemma and children, aged seven and four, in Ashtead, Surrey, as he wanted to make a good life for them. His wife was too distraught to comment, the Daily Mail reported, but the Daily Mirror quoted his friend Anthony Sissons, who served in the army with Mulligan and was working with him in Barbados, as saying that he was “really big into his family and had loads of time for both his children”.
“He put all their needs before his own and wanted to make them have a good life; that’s why we came out to Barbados. He will be greatly missed,” said Sissons.
According to Sissons’ mother, who spoke to the Daily Mail, her son had gone out to watch the England-Italy Football World Cup match the night before the fatal stabbing.
“Anthony went back to where they were staying but Mr Mulligan and a few others went on to a nightclub when all this happened,” she said.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was aware of Mulligan’s death and was providing consular assistance to his family “at this difficult time”.
(Daily Mail UK/DP)