Watchman harassed by search party members
As discussion continues about the massive search for missing woman Karen Harris last weekend, a watchman at Buttals Plantation in St George is reporting he was harassed by three members of the search party.
According to David Sam, the three men aggressively approached him and pursued him into a canefield last Friday night, never once explaining that they wanted to find out if he knew anything about Harris’ whereabouts.
“I was inside the hut and I see this light and when the light come down they spot the light in the hut so I got scared because I didn’t know what had happened. So after I saw the light go down, I said ‘well I goin leave the hut and go down by the manager’ . . . but the manager was sleeping hard,” he recounted.
Sam explained that on leaving the home of the manager whom he referred to only as Mr Ward, he was again approached by the three men in a vehicle.
“I ran, I ran inside the cane. So when I go down in the cane, they put more speed, they tell me ‘hold! hold! hold!’ so, I couldn’t do anything, I had to stop,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“I did frighten because after I ran the men still put on speed chasing me down with the van. I only had a flashlight, they see me with the flashlight you know and they still run me down. They must expect is watch I watching.”
The watchman, who said he was employed to oversee the plantation’s crop following a spate of robberies, further explained that the men did not inform him about what was happening at the time.
“Before they explain and tell me what happen, they asking me who I working for . . . I tell them that I working for Mr Ward. They ask, ‘who you?’ and I tell them. They ask me if I have a number for Mr Ward and I say ‘yes’.”
He said that the ordeal left him so shaken that he was unable to give the men the correct number at first.
Sam went on to say that it was only after he had given the correct number and the men were able to speak with Mr Ward, that the situation calmed down and he found out why they were pursuing him.
“They had me there hold up so long, I say to myself ‘but why they holding me up so long so for?’. But they didn’t tell me about this woman . . . so I did really frighten,” he said.
Despite the ordeal, Sam said he would continue his job as a watchman: “That wouldn’t stop me, man.”