Crime worry

Another shooting prompts call for urgent intervention

While another shooting victim clings to life following a gun attack in the early hours of this morning, the Barbados Christian Council has expressed concern that too many young men appear to be “trigger happy” and called for urgent intervention to turn the situation around.

Chairman of the Council Monsignor Vincent Blackett said this evening that it appeared the crime situation, and particularly gun violence, was out of control.

He raised the alarm after 28-year-old Cyprian Payne was shot multiple times, around 3 a.m, while at the Happy Cot Road, Bank Hall, St Michael residence of his girlfriend.

Cyprian Payne
Cyprian Payne

His girlfriend’s mother, Sonia Parris-Headley, told Barbados TODAY she heard someone screaming “fire, fire, fire!” and realized there was a blaze in her verandah before shots rang out and Payne lay injured outside.

“Right now, I kinda shaken because I have never experienced anything like this. My daughter is pretty shaken . . . He is out of surgery but he is critical; he is in the ICU [Intensive Care Unit],” she said.

“I don’t even know what to do next. Until I can get good word on him, it is not gonna be good for me and my family.”  Monsignor Blackett expressed concern in an interview with Barbados TODAY that people seem to have no respect for life.

“We are witnessing a lot of people who are now trigger happy and something has to be done about it,” he said.

“A couple years ago we did have a look at crime in Barbados and the Council, the Police Commissioner, people from social work and other agencies came together. At that time, it was presented to us that things weren’t as bad as they looked, but since then things have changed.”

Blackett said what made the situation worse, was that people who witnessed criminal activity were fearful of giving evidence to law enforcement officials.

“We have to stamp this out because we have to become our brother’s keeper once more, as we did in the past. We need to get everybody to say ‘no to crime’,” the religious leader insisted.   

Monsignor Blackett said the Christian Council will discuss the crime situation at a special meeting to be held soon.

Meantime, director of the National Task Force on Crime Prevention (NTFCP), Cheryl Willoughby told Barbados TODAY that all stakeholders needed to work together to come up with a strategic plan to divert the youth from a path of crime.

“When you look at crime from a theoretical perspective, you will understand that crime is not a police problem. Crime was not created by the police, neither will it be solved by the police,” she said.

“Crime is a social problem and so, to get to the cause of crime, you have to address those underlying factors that are permeating the society.”

However, Willoughby did suggest that if Barbados’ murder rate was evaluated over a five-year period, it would be concluded that it was not spiraling out of control.

“It is not over and above what it was last year. We are still within that range that we normally see for a small society like Barbados.

“So I would not say there is a surge in these types of crimes, but what I would say is that they are occurring back to back, which would cause ordinary citizens to be concerned,” the NTFCP director said.

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21 Responses to Crime worry

  1. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe September 20, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Hope he pulls through

  2. Jason Cayenne
    Jason Cayenne September 20, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Would be better if they were work happy. This is what happens when you dont give them anything positive to do. 10 years of experience required my big toe.

  3. Gina Harewood
    Gina Harewood September 20, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I’m praying for him x

  4. Alleyna Brathwaite
    Alleyna Brathwaite September 20, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Youths being “trigger happy” didn’t only start this year, but while they were yet young, coming from broken homes and no proper father figure to help guide them into a proper path of life and a “trigger happy” youth is the result from a never-together family to begin with. Not saying this is why all the youths do it, but it is the majority. Some seem to have no goals or dreams or compassion for others or just plain common sense. So with all the councils and meetings, I hope yall start from the beginning of the problem, which is the home, have a plan that lasts and that is effective. I pray the young man pulls through and plz don’t look for revenge.

    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward September 20, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Alleyna I totally agree this wasn’t happening yesterday but now because it has increased for the worst and making the headlines they are now what you called “ALARMED” at the youth smh smh

  5. Diane Masey
    Diane Masey September 20, 2014 at 3:02 am

    How many is now just this year

  6. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley September 20, 2014 at 3:48 am

    It’s taken them a long time to realise this ! minimum of 2 years compulsory military service if you have no job at 18, that way they will also learn a trade and be off the streets

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase September 20, 2014 at 6:05 am

      Seriously?!?… this is Barbados not Israel.
      There needs to be stiffer fines and severe penalties for gun related crimes.
      The judicial system is a joke.

  7. Rev.Apostle W. Cumberbatch Barnett September 20, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Yes , I do Agree Alleyna Brathwaite , Sad as it is, most of this CRAZY and senceless and LAWLESS behaviour is coming from earrly and late CHILDHOOD , as we hear of poor parenting, dont care parents, LAWlESS parents , very poor PARENTS, all of these leads to what we are hearing and seeing in our little country today, ROBBERIES and VIOLENCE, MURDERS… it will not cease until alll the parents realise what is good and what is not good in and around our sociaties and teach their little CHILDREN the same , if not, those parents will be turning out more LAWLESS, dont-care, and VIOLENT ADULTS into our little WORLD…and we will have to LIVE or DIE with all of this going on around us…

  8. Karen Goodluck
    Karen Goodluck September 20, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Sometimes we don’t realize the gem that we have. We look at other nations and want to be like them. It come at a price though. It’s only later that we realize what a beautiful life we had. Yes I agree we need to give the youth something to do to be proud of. On a tour of ST.Kitts we were told they had the same problem. They opened up places for the youth to learn trades and just have a purpose and meaning, guess what? The crime rate dropped dramatically

    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward September 20, 2014 at 6:52 am

      The problem Karen is this they do have those options here for the youth but most of them want FAST MONEY

  9. georgia boxill September 20, 2014 at 6:22 am

    I totally agree with Alleyna

  10. Charles Lobin September 20, 2014 at 6:56 am

    What a load of foolishness I’m reading here, there are kids that come from broken homes, and use that to their advantage of making a great life, it’s all about the bad boy life style that’s taken over Barbados, they want fast money and don’t want to work for it, along with the drugs they are involved in comes the heartaches of parents and family members, they won’t work for anyone for $300 a week, when they can make that in 2 mins, but in the process put their families through what this and other families are going through, I think the law has to be revisited to make some kind of serious change, in my time of growing up we were scared of prison, now u read and hear of young men asking to go to prison, what’s that all about ? There’s a serious need for change before my little island don’t sink, where it won’t come back, we are depending on tourist they won’t come if this crime spree continue, law makers take a serious look at your law, and not just homes, because there are some good values in single homes, it has to be in the minds of the young men to look for better and not faster ways of life, with faster comes a quicker end.

  11. Nakita Carter
    Nakita Carter September 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

    This is clearly a case where that shooter wants Cyprion paralyzed…if they wanted hime dead they could have killed him …to me they wanted him to stuffer ( not being able to do what you love will break anyone’s heart ) This is just sad man but the fadda ain’t sleeping tho ,our little island gonna be in a bad state for a while because if all the wrong that people doing don’t fall on them ,it’s will fall on the generations to come because someone has to pay ….

  12. Terry Clarke September 20, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I am also decreeing that Cyprian lives and NOT dies……having lost my brother in November, 2013 by gun violence, I have a new perspective on life and how critical it is for us as a God conscious people, to put to death all this religious rhetoric I’ve heard spewing out of the mouths of the powers-that-be, and address this nasty issue with a fearless mindset and disposition. It has to die and it has to die now……we too like this comfort of praying, praying, praying, praying, my God, when I searched the scriptures, I see communities radically changing from badness to God’s goodness, but only when the people DO something about their epidemics……

  13. jr smith September 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    The question ,why is it so easy to acquire a gun/guns on this island, Why are these youngsters being shot, people are being shot as though , they are sent by some one to do this, most of the shootings are non confrontational , all, premeditated why.
    Why,Why,Why, because john owes harry money, because Lionel is dating john ex girlfriend, because peter disrespect James. because Samuel from St. john cross into St. George not knowing.
    people in Barbados wake up , this crime is being conducted and control by persons, who are home having a drink, while sending some little shit head out to do they dirty work, to control people and areas in bimshire.

  14. Realist September 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

    The youths are not “trigger happy,” they are “empty bellied” and that is why they are eager to fight and kill each other. A hungry man is an angry man, no prayer in adundance can cure the aforementioned. Trust me it is going to get worse; wait and see what happens aroung Christmas. In a land where there is no vision the people perish.

  15. jr smith September 20, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Crime in Barbados is being control. not at street level.

  16. Tony Waterman September 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is what i like about Barbadian Bureaucrats, they always seem to know how to SPEW OUT GARBAGE and get the Populace to listen to them.
    @ Director of the National Task Force on Crime Prevention (NTFCP), Cheryl Willoughby, here you are TRYING to tell ME/US, that if you take some useless Statistic and QUOTE””evaluated it over a five-year period, it would be concluded that it was not spiraling out of control.”” Well Mme. Director!!! you are proving that “” all stakeholders need to work together to come up with a strategic plan to divert the youth from a path of crime.”” Right now you are NOT on the same plane as the others involved with this Situation, WHY??? Just a few Months ago the Commissioner of Police (Ag) Told us that CRIME was Down, BUT MURDERS were UP. how does that correlate with you 5 year Statistical Evaluation. Lets call a spade a Spade here, perhaps you don’t want to put any PANIC in the Populace, but they do need to know the Truth, and the TRUTH is that “””GUN CRIME IS spiraling out of control.”””

    @Sharon Woolley!!!Thank you very much, that was my suggestion years ago (Minus Arms Training) Plus Technical TRADES School all situated in one Compound, and administered by THE BARBADIS DEFENCE FORCE, all these trigger happy Persons wold spend their next 5/10 years there in REHAB.

    We also are going to have to ACT like we are INDEPENDENT, and have laws that are suited to our Society, LIKE MANDATORY SENTENCING for POSSESSION of a GUN/AMMO, and MANDAOTRY SENTENCING for CRIMES COMMITTED with GUNS.
    Caught with an ILLEGAL GUN?WEAPON, 1st offence 5years, and it escalates with future offences, yes the legal FRATERNITY will cry FOUL but if the Government has any BALLS they will do what is right. No one wants us to have CAPITAL PUNISHMENT in BARBADOS/THE WEST INDIES, but THE ALMIGHTY US of A has up to now EXECUTED 29 PERSONS. what do they have that we don’t have??? POWER

  17. jr smith September 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Bajans is waiting for divine intervention, bring back benny hinn for $500,000 next time. waiting and praying.

  18. Joseph Harding September 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    There is no single answer to these crimes that are being perpetrated on others in my homeland.
    Some say it is because of broken homes, others say bad, nonexistent parenting, being hungry, being silly, etc, etc.
    Now I was born in the 1950’s and grew up in the age when food was scarce and money was like gold dust. Many nights my siblings and I went to bed hungry. We did not rob or kill anyone. Parenting in my day was not really parenting, in that parents especially fathers, had little or no time for kids. My kids are from a single parent home as I was residing in a foreign land. My kids are now in their 30’s and have never been in trouble with the law.
    Some of my friends grew up with their grand parents because mummy and daddy had gone off to England for a better life. We did not commit these sort of crimes.
    Today, there is the drug’s culture and with illegal drugs comes illegal guns. People think they need to protect their territory and cannot let others disrespect them, because they look soft to their peers.
    In my growing up days we were afraid of going to jail, we were afraid to bring shame on our families. We had respect for others and their property. Today these qualities are missing from our society. Until these are restored and the drugs trade is met with harsh treatment from the authorities this cancer will continue to erode our society.


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