Forgive him, please!


One of Barbados’ most infamous killers is to be released from prison tomorrow after spending over 30 years in jail, some of it on death row.

And as Peter Bradshaw prepares to walk out of HMP Dodds, his 65-year-old sister Roseta Bradshaw is pleading with the family of his victim to forgive her brother.

Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw

Bradshaw, the notorious Winston Hall and David Oliver were convicted in 1985 of the murder of 74-year-old Francia Plantation owner Cyril Sisnett.

Superintendent of Prisons Lt Col John Nurse confirmed to Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the murder convict would be set free following review of his case by the local Privy Council.

“His case was reviewed and he will be released,” Nurse said.

However, he would not confirm reports that Oliver, whose death sentence was commuted to life, would likely be freed on Monday, saying it was not his style to expose prisoners by naming them and their time of freedom.

A 12-member jury convicted Bradshaw and Oliver on November 8, 1985, while Hall was on the run after escaping lawful custody.

Hall, who was convicted on January 31, 1990, had his death sentence commuted to life by the British Privy Council on August 17, 1998. Bradshaw’s and Oliver’s followed.

Their victim’s body was found at his plantation house in St George on December 15, 1984, by his gardener.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, QC, was the prosecutor in the murder trial.   

Hall gained notoriety by escaping from police custody on three occasions – the last time on August 29, 1985 when he, along with Bradshaw, Oliver and Denzil Roberts escaped from their maximum security cells at Glendairy Prison. Hall eluded and baffled the police for several years before he was shot dead on May 27, 2004 as lawmen attempted to recapture him in Horse Hill, St Joseph.

Tomorrow, the attention will be on one of Hall’s accomplice, Bradshaw, as he becomes a free man.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY in anticipation of her brother’s release, Roseta Bradshaw said though he had made a big mistake, he deserved a second chance at life.

And she pleaded with Sisnett’s family to forgive her brother, saying he had become a new man during his incarceration.

Roseta Bradshaw
Roseta Bradshaw

“I know in my heart, without a shadow of doubt that he has changed,” she declared.

Roseta said prison officials and prisoners alike had described Bradshaw as a role model who had developed a strong interest in walking with God, studying the Bible whenever he got the opportunity to.

She said she was informed early this morning by another sibling with whom Bradshaw will be staying that the youngest of their mother’s children would be released.

From that moment, the sister said she began thinking about the ways and means the family could assist with his reintegration into society.

“I notice that in the letters that he writes to me that he is very firm and he is a changed man. When what happened to Peter happened I was not in Barbados; I was living overseas. I raised Peter from very small so I became his second mother, his sister, his sister in the Lord and his friend.

“He tells me a lot of beautiful things in his letters and he is scripture based. I do prison Ministry and I heard from prisoners that he is well respected,” the sister added.

She explained that Bradshaw’s time spent in jail has been a traumatic experience for all his relatives. But she said their mother who passed away just over ten years ago, probably felt it most.

Roseta told Barbados TODAY since Bradshaw’s incarceration, their mother was not the same, and eventually, she developed heart problems.

She called on Sisnett’s family to consider that while the law made it clear that a man must face the consequences of his actions, God was forgiving.

“Please forgive him, he is changed man. Maybe when he made that mistake he was young and ignorant and maybe was led astray by bad company.

“But God always gives second and third chances. We as human beings don’t forgive one another, but God always does,” Roseta said, stressing that she knew Bradshaw would want to ask for forgiveness too.

Roseta said she was well aware that there may be some people in society who would continue to judge her brother who was featured in a documentary produced by the Government Information Service. However, she assured that his family was willing to accept him into their arms and lives.

“Never mind what happened in the past, he is our blood brother and we know that society would not accept him the same as before, but we cannot turn our backs on him. He has all our support, 100 per cent,” she said.

She indicated that the new journey with her brother would begin at the prison gates where she will be awaiting him with arms wide open.   

11 Responses to Forgive him, please!

  1. harry turnover March 12, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Cyril Sisnett didn’t get a second chance so why should he. Let him remain in jail with his bible, he is comfortable there.

    • Donild Trimp March 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

      If you are a Christian you have to agree with what the sister is saying.

      If you are not, then your opinion is also valid.

      I for one do not believe in forgiving murderers if the evidence against them is unshakable.

  2. Indignant March 12, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Shame on you Barbados Today, for making it seem that the only lives impacted by Bradshaw, Hall and Oliver were those of one family. What about all the others they terrorized in the early 80s? What about the guard who nearly died during their escape in 1991. What about the rape victims??
    I hope he is a changed man, but how dear you gloss over his crimes.

  3. pb March 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

    He has served his time.

  4. pjb March 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

    This man has served his time

    • harry turnover March 12, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      What time are you talking about ? he should have been serving the rest of HIS TIME ON EARTH in JAIL administering the word of GOD to the inmates and the ones to come.

  5. Peter Vaughan March 12, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I agree……let him be a role model in jail….yes …..the lord forgives…..understood ……so let the lord continue to forgive him while he spends the rest of his life in jail… mr sissnett is dead…..he did not have an option of life or death when presented with his assailant… let mr bradshaw remain where he is…..let him be of influence to those that are in jail for committing petty crimes and given short sentencing. Let mr bradshaw’s influence be a strategy used by the prison to deter current soon to released prisoners from returnin… no no……he should NOT BE RELEASED…

  6. Sage Christmas March 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Let us all forgive those who have done all manner of evil against us. It is true that this kind and loving family man may not be able to get a second chance at life here today, but some day he will rise to a better life in glory. Knew Mr. Sisnett as a little boy going to the Plantation with my dad. He was a very loving and caring person, he love sharing with others, many a tine I would leave the Plantation with things get gave me and my little brothers. It is sad that these three foolish boys at the time allowed the devil to fill their heart with greed and greed needed up causing them to murder. In all this we have to learn to forgive, it will be hard to do such, but we must ask God to help us to forgive. I know that it wouldn’t be easy for the family to do, but I am hoping that they would not allow this evil act to stop them from enjoying life. My hope is that Peter would come and make a big different in others life and make up for the evil that was committed.

  7. laura March 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    i understand he has done wrong the lord is who is the judge him not us and what he did was wrong but life goes on and look at the young ppl today and raping killer and robbing and is going to prison and doing they time and being release and going home to there family some of these same killers and y’all family so done judge he did his time and he is fit to be release so dont judge wen yall sons and daugthers r being charge for crimes there is not big crime or small crime (crime is crime )

  8. pjb March 13, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Does barbados not understand the meaning of the word rehabilitation? He has served 30 years, as he served his time at HMP,in the uk he would be lucky to serve 16/20 years,and be supported on his release. Religion appears to be the ends to everything in barbados.
    I do not underestimate the seriousness of his crimes.

  9. bajan2dbone March 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

    if you who are bashing him were in his shoes how would you feel, i believe some barbadians are too ignorant.


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