Forgive him, please!
BRADSHAW TO BE SET FREE
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.
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.
“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.