Former cop Jasper Watson passes away
Former Superintendent of Police Jasper Watson, widely acknowledged as one of the finest detectives produced by the Royal Barbados Police Force, is dead.
Watson, 80, of Wanstead, St James, passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday evening after a lengthy illness.
He had suffered a stroke recently and had only been released from the hospital Wednesday before returning there yesterday.
Watson, who spent most of his years attached to the Criminal Investigation Department, and also served as one of the Force’s most astute court prosecutors, is credited with successfully investigating the murder of former Grenada Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and several of his political colleagues.
Following Bishop’s assassination in 1983, Watson was detached to the Spice Isle as the lead investigator. His probe into the killings subsequently led to the successful prosecution of former deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard and 15 other accused implicated in the bloody coup.
A prolific reader in criminal law, Watson’s opinion on court procedure and criminal law was often sought out by young attorneys practising at the Magistrates’ Courts.
Funeral arrangements are to be made.