AG: We are not as bad as Trinidad

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has suggested that Barbadians can take comfort in the fact that the island’s crime situation is no where near as bad as that of neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, which has recorded over 80 murders in just two months.

“There is an acceptance and or recognition in Barbados that crimes are solved,” Brathwaite said as he made reference to a video, allegedly of an incident in the twin island republic, which has been making the rounds on social media. During the brazen attack, which occurred in broad daylight, the victim was apparently shot multiple times by two men.

“You will not see that in Barbados, and part of the reason you will not see that in Barbados is, because we solve crimes. We lock up people for breaking the law, but if you live in a country that people believe that they can with impunity break the law and take life and that there will be no consequences that’s part of the reason why in some countries you see the kind of behaviour that you see.

“But in Barbados you know that we solve 90 to 95 per cent in particular of our homicides. So people don’t get away with the most egregious offences in this country and feel that they can commit them and disappear. That does not happen in our country,” Brathwaite insisted.

Last year, a total of 30 murders were reported on the island.

Insisting there was no “runaway crime”, Brathwaite told constituents at his first branch meeting for the year at his office in Belair, St Philip that there seemed to be a misperception of the situation in the country.

“What we are really seeing is a reversion to our 2013/ 2012 levels of crime in 2015,” said Brathwaite. He further argued that while crimes involving the use of firearms, as well as property offences were up, crime on the whole in Barbados was not out of control.

“The evidence will show we have not had a runaway situation with crime . . . we have what appears to be a situation where more of our young men are willing and or have been persuaded that they can use firearms randomly,” the Attorney General contended.

He also said he had been made aware of situations where “fellas at fetes don’t mind showing off their hardware etc.

“So it concerns us, and yes, we have an issue in that regard,” added Brathwaite.

32 Responses to AG: We are not as bad as Trinidad

  1. Kenrick Purcell
    Kenrick Purcell March 2, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Sir if that is your consolation then we’re in deep s@€t.

  2. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson March 2, 2016 at 6:25 am

    We are not as bad as TNT in the murder department ,but financially we are gone thank to your goverment

  3. Majella Marksman
    Majella Marksman March 2, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Trinidad started just like us, now they pass Jamaica, we’re closely behind

  4. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis March 2, 2016 at 6:28 am

    The worst Attorney General in Barbados history aka Mr Clueless

  5. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes March 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Why compare Bim to others? How are you going to reassure the people by making a statement like that? People want plans with actions that are going to show or have results.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray March 2, 2016 at 7:10 am

      As the man said we in like TnT, so we in to worried about a thing as long as he getting his month salary.

  6. Majella Marksman
    Majella Marksman March 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

    We let the child molesters and murderers go free, and put innocent people behind bars

  7. Angela Gray
    Angela Gray March 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong please. Trinidad has a population of 1.34 million. Barbados has less than 300,000. Trinidad had 80 murders last year, Barbados had 30. By my calculation, that means Barbados had 10 more murders per capita than Trinidad. But in the AG’s estimation, Barbados is not as bad as Trinidad. Really?

    • Kenrick Purcell
      Kenrick Purcell March 2, 2016 at 6:40 am

      He not factoring Per Capita…what a joke.

    • Deborah Hunte
      Deborah Hunte March 2, 2016 at 6:52 am

      You don’t need to be corrected. He needs to go back to the drawing board.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner March 2, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Angela Gray you hit the nail on the head with your stats I strongly believe ya should forward those said stats to AG/APC and PM because they don’t seem to know nothing.

    • Angela Gray
      Angela Gray March 2, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Rawle Spooner It’s not rocket science is it!

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner March 2, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Angela Gray no its not but we talking about politicians especially in Barbados.

    • Stefan Walcott
      Stefan Walcott March 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Trinidad 80 murders? ??? Am…no!

  8. Elicia Velonique Eccleston
    Elicia Velonique Eccleston March 2, 2016 at 6:41 am

    They are always comparing Barbados to countries with millions of ppl….as Angela Gray says do the calculation per capita

  9. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry March 2, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Seems clueless to me!!!

  10. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies March 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

    So we have to wait till it gets like Trinidad to b uncomfortable,stupseeee I don’t kno why deses people don’t keep out d media talkin when they don’t kno wha to say

  11. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray March 2, 2016 at 7:03 am
  12. Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall
    Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall March 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Some Bajan love compare themselves with other Caribbean country…

  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner March 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Typical politician but got news for ya AG Trinidad have over a million people much bigger landmass than Barbados so comparison about crime stupid, also Trinidad does not depend on tourism like Barbados it has oil.So AG and others like APC keep up the stupid comparisons to other Caribbean islands and Barbados will become just like Trinidad/Jamaica and Guyana its well on its way remember these said islands started out small politicians denied there was any problem and now look at the entire crime situation its totally outta control.

  14. Noel Jones
    Noel Jones March 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    The worst AG in the world clueless

  15. Sue Donym March 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Could we get the list of countries that we are not as good as? Oh, sorry you are concerned…. well that’s good enough for me… another great day in paradise!

  16. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne March 2, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Where on Earth did you come from, AG? It seems as though you have not done your research properly. Of course we are much more like Trinidad in terms of culture all the way down.

  17. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams March 2, 2016 at 7:25 am

    No one told me he was one of my runaway alpine goats…. per capita sir? You factored that in? Trinidad has over ah million people……wha sorta half ass article this is? And why you comparing us? Deal with we blasted issues…..30 is 30 too damn many….. sigh…..I feel like filing a no confidence motion against him.

  18. Terry Bee
    Terry Bee March 2, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Barbados doesn’t even feature and also during my research, when Barbados is mentioned, the murder rate per capita is far less than Trinidad or Jamaica, the most concern in this respect, should be shown to St Kitts with a murder rate of 38 per capita. So the attorney general maybe correct statistically.

  19. Max Carter
    Max Carter March 2, 2016 at 7:46 am

    yea right

  20. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister March 2, 2016 at 7:54 am

    We aint good either. Whe we can see pictures of young boys with guns and videos of young boys with high powered weapons and bullet proof vests…. We aint good… not at all. Quicker the AG and the others accept that fact then maybe something will be done about it.

  21. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 2, 2016 at 7:54 am

    When did T’dad become the new standard. Time was when this country was upheld as a model not for small developing states only but by more advanced economies. All of our gains achieved by hard working Barbadians over decades have been or is in the process of being eroded in eight short years by an inept DLP administration. Never in the history of this country have an electorate been so disillusioned by a govt that pretends & portends to be a party of the poor when in truth they are nothing more than a collection of selfish individuals whose motive it was to gain power solely for the trappings of office.

  22. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch March 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Forget about Trinidad man let us address our own problem.

  23. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan March 2, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Mr. Attorney General, how can you compare Barbados to Trinidad which has a population of 1.3 people to our 300,000. Per Capita we are on par!


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