Worst nightmare

Victim’s family comment on accused killer’s bail

When Mercedes Gill received news today that the man accused of murdering her daughter had been granted bail, she felt as though “my daughter had been killed all over again”.

Gill’s worst nightmare came to life today after she found out that Sean Watson was now free after being released on $250,000 bail.

Watson had spent the last four years on remand at HMP Dodds, charged with the murder of Gill’s only daughter and his former wife Nicole Harrison-Watson on April 29, 2012.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY in an interview this evening at her home hours after receiving the shocking news, the distraught mother was in disbelief.

Here, Mercedes Gill and her grand daughter Samantha Harrison look at some of the photographs that were placed on Nicole Harrison-Watson’s casket four years ago.
Here, Mercedes Gill and her grand daughter Samantha Harrison look at some of the photographs that were placed on Nicole Harrison-Watson’s casket four years ago.

“Really and truly it made me feel like my daughter got killed all over again. Right now I’m feeling like the same way I felt those couple days after she got killed. I feel that same kind of sinking, empty feeling,” she explained.

“I don’t think he or anybody, not him personally, he or anybody that murders someone should get bail . . . I never thought he would have been out on bail.

“All like now I still have to remind myself that Nicole got killed and Sean is who [is accused of killing] her. It is still hard to digest after all of this time and sometimes it is unbelievable,” Gill revealed.

Gill, who leaned against her granddaughter and Harrison-Watson’s lone child Samantha Harrison throughout the interview, said she believed enough time had passed for Watson to stand trial.

She said she wanted closure to her daughter’s death.

“Furthermore, the trial should have been finished and he should have been sentenced. It isn’t even really about the bail, it’s just that it has been so long and there is no closure,” she told Barbados TODAY.

“He had been remanded for so long I felt that they should just have called the case, given him whatever time they were going to give him and call it a day.”

Gill recounted the sinking feeling she had in her stomach when she got the dreaded and unexpected news earlier today.

She said she was overcome by a flood of emotions.

“I just had this sinking feeling in my stomach and one of my friends called me and told me that he had been released. Last week, I had heard that he was getting bail, but I was just in denial,” she noted.

A clearly frustrated Gill said what made it an even tougher pill to swallow was the fact that no one saw the need to notify her or her family of Watson’s impending release.

She said had it not been for that phone call from her friend, she could easily have come face-to-face with her daughter’s alleged killer while out shopping or paying a bill.

“I have no control over whether he is granted bail or not, but I’m saying that someone should have turned up at this door and said to me that ‘the guy who [is accused of murdering] your daughter is out on bail,’” Gill complained.

“If people didn’t tell me I wouldn’t have known, so I would have been walking down the street, or going in the bank, or the supermarket or something and there he would have been in front of me, and that’s not fair. It’s not fair. We have rights too.”

Gill’s granddaughter Samantha, who was a teenager at the time of her mother’s death, told Barbados TODAY the news of Watson’s release brought back all of those dreaded memories.

Like mother, like daughter, like grand daughter. The three shared a close bond and friendship.
Like mother, like daughter, like grand daughter. The three shared a close bond and friendship.

“It brought back every single emotion that we would have been feeling when my mummy died and the couple days after. I was hearing something about it last night, but when I heard it today I just went into a state of shock. I knew it was coming but you could never be prepared for something like that,” she said.

“I never expected this to happen. I never expected a man could [be accused of killing] my mother . . . and people could sympathize with him and give him bail,” said Samantha who feels she has been robbed of a lifetime of memories with the woman she loved.


8 Responses to Worst nightmare

  1. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson April 13, 2016 at 12:16 am

    an eye for an eye

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 13, 2016 at 2:02 am

    He kills someone, placed on remand for 4 years, and the system finally comes around to deal with the case by granting, yet again, another murder accused bail? Are we missing something here? Because, I thought that with all the flack that the juicial process have been getting from the CCJ and Barbadians fed up with the administration of justice that a case like this would have been long dealt with. Now the system came right back to slap the family of the victim in their face with yet another bail grant to someone who murdered another person.

  3. Brewster April 13, 2016 at 6:58 am

    So this family had no right to know that he was out on bail? I don’t know what kind of judicial system this is. Does this mean that in the case of a murder witness for example, unknown to them a person could then take revenge if their identity was known? Where is the protection for these victims?

  4. Carson C Cadogan April 13, 2016 at 7:31 am

    You all seem to forget that he is ALLEGED to have committed a crime. Nothing has been proved in a Court of Law.

    Therefore he is INNOCENT until proven guilty. As long as he meets the conditions for bail, he is a fit candidate for bail.

    In granting him bail the Law of the land is being applied.

  5. Carson C Cadogan April 13, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Some people in Barbados seem to be in the dark as far as the Bail act is concerned.

    It is the duty of the news media to enlighten the darkness of these people. Barbados Today would do well to not just publish these occurrences of Bail but to also publish the Bail act so that people ignorant of its scope may be edified.

  6. First Lady April 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Mr Carson Cadogan If it was your mother, sister or daughter or even a very dear friend would you still be saying these things who feels it knows it and trust me I know how it feels

    • Carson C Cadogan April 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      It would not change anything.

  7. Carson C Cadogan April 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    News from Guyana today:

    “BREAKING NEWS – TRIO IN BRITISH TEEN MURDER GRANTED BAIL – Krystal Thomas, Sisanie Henry and Jahmil Sinclair the trio charged for murder of British teen Dominique Bernard have been granted bail in the sum of three hundred thousand dollars each. Bail was granted today after a petition was made before Judge Priya Sewnarine Beharry in the high court today.”

    Notice that they are two WOMEN involved.


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