Victim speaks of vicious attack

The 51-year-old Jamaican man who had his left hand severed in an altercation with another resident of Storey Gap, Codrington, St Michael on Monday, is fighting for his life in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

When a Barbados TODAY team visited his QEH ward this evening, a tired-looking Delroy Scarlett was fully laid up in bed, with the left hand fully bandaged, the fingers on his right hand visibly swollen and several tubes connected to his body. However, he still mustered enough courage and energy to speak, saying he was thankful to the Almighty for sparing his life.

Delroy Scarlett
Delroy Scarlett

Despite his obvious pain, Scarlett also joined with his friend Ash in recalling the circumstances which led to Monday’s nasty fallout between the two neighbours.

Based on their account of things, it was the neighbour who was “jealous” of Scarlett because he was progressing and making something of his life.

“He is wicked man! He has a lot of dirty ways and is not well liked in the community,” said the angry friend, in reference to Scarlett’s alleged attacker.

In contrast, he described Scarlett, who is known throughout his district as Yardie,  as a “hard worker”, saying, “all he does ever do is work”.

“He clean the ground all behind the mango tree and work the land and plant his food and survive,” Ash told Barbados TODAY.

Without getting into the details of Monday’s altercation, Scarlett also revealed that his attacker used to sell his produce, which included pumpkins, yams, peppers and okras that he planted, but wanted to keep all the money to himself.

The Jamaican man, who does steel and metal work and many other odds jobs, also told Barbados TODAY that he was in the process of renovating his home himself.

However, following Monday’s attack in which his hand was severed aboved the wrist and his left leg was partially severed below the knee, he may not be able to resume working for a while.

Scarlett’s recovery process looks to be a lengthy one, given that he also suffered deep lacerations about his abdominal area and on his left shoulder during what was said to be a cutlass attack. Today, the non national, who has no family in Barbados, was anxious to get his cellular phone back from the QEH nurses so he could inform his relatives in Florida of the incident.

Up to Tuesday evening, police were yet to bring any charges in connection with the incident. However, they said a man remained in custody assisting them with their investigations.

17 Responses to Victim speaks of vicious attack

  1. Smiley July 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Speedy recovery and I am praying that the family overseas will send for you since you have no one here. Speedy justice also.

  2. BIG SKY July 13, 2016 at 2:33 am

    The police have not yet brought charges yet because they eyes are on you hoping you will survive and so they will not have the charge the person of interest with murder.We will pray for you,you have been done an injustice,left disable with no family members here and no true way now to earn an income.We will pray for you.

  3. Sherlock Holmes. July 13, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Why was this done,

    Why was this interview conducted in such circumstances? From what i can see here it appears it was done from his hospital bed,was this the proper thing to be done

    Was conducting this interview from this man’s hospital bed the appropriate thing to do? Furthermore anything he would have to say would be definitely material to his case and one should not be placed in a position whereby one’s case can be or should be compromised,interviews of such nature should only be conducted by the police who are investigating the case. I maybe wrong but it seems as though in the zeal for stories there are at times bad judgement calls,which can create more problems rather than good.This gentleman was probably in so much pain and discomfort,i wonder if there are no longer policies at the hospital regarding visits,it surprises me that the media as it appears was able to gain such access, anyway i wish this man a speedy recovery and i hope all goes well for him.

    • harry turnover July 13, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Sherlock Holmes……who said it was an interview ? In a Case like this that involves injury the ONLY INTERVIEW is when it is done by the POLICE.
      Whatever he said, whoever he said it to if not to the POLICE CANNOT be admissible in Court.
      His friends went to look for him in Hospital and he told them what happened so what is wrong with that ??
      Do you know how many murder victims name their attackers BEFORE they pass away ? even then the Police then have to do their own investigations.

  4. h. calndre. July 13, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Sherlock Holmes, what’s wrong with interviewing the victim at the hospital or you think they should wait and see if he should succumb to the injuries.

  5. Sherlock Holmes. July 13, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Case in point Tony there is nothing before the courts as yet,as you have put it,so care must be taken that in his state of mind nothing is said by him that could have an effect on the out come of his case.@H CALNDRE the persons conducting the interview were not police officers,and certainly no one would wish for him to succumb to his injuries. In such circumstances my opinion is only the relevant authorities should be allowed to see him at this point in time and as far as i am concerned apart from relatives and maybe close friends,that is the police.

  6. Harry July 13, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I agree with Sherlock most inappropriate to interview this poor man in Hospital surprised it was allowed.

  7. Sherlock Holmes. July 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Harry Turnover please turn over a new leaf and try to understand what i am alluding to, anything he says can be construed as evidence plain and simple. Therefore care must be taken by those who are in the media when they are interviewing victims of criminal acts.

    • harry turnover July 13, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      “anything he says can be construed as evidence plain and simple “… CORRECT !!….BUT ONLY if it is said WITH THE POLICE PRESENT….ANY other evidence before ANY OTHER PERSON is known as hearsay,which if you don’t know and it appears that you don’t is not admissible in a Court of Law..
      So Sherlock Holmes try not to pretend to know the whole Law regarding EVIDENCE and INTERVIEWS…you only know half of the Law…the other half you don’ know how,when and where it is applied.

  8. Sherlock Holmes. July 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm


  9. Sherlock Holmes. July 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Listen Mr turnover why do you think that at particular times a gagg order is issued by an officer of the court ie.. a magistrate or Judge.This is basically because there is a need to protect the credibility of the case at hand and whether investigations are on going or the matter has reached the stage of the court. If you for one moment do not believe that attorneys at law do not read statements in the media for their own benefit then you are fooling yourself,and just as the crown will prosecute,attorneys represent the accused. Certain statements were made during this interview that are material to this case whether you deem it as hearsay evidence or not and if for one moment you believe that i am not aware of what i speak,well i will not try to convince you as i can see such is futile.

    • harry turnover July 14, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Sherlock Holmes stop ranting and raving with your rhetoric…a gag order is issued by an OFFICER OF THE COURT ….YES !! Mr. Holmes….BUT the matter IS NOT YET BEFORE THE COURT.

      When the POLICE interview a person they usually say ‘ do you have anything to say,and if you do they usually caution the person by saying ANYTHING YOU SAY might be used as evidence in a COURT OF LAW …OR you can exercise your right by remaining silent.

      I never said that Attorneys do or do not read statements in the media all the rhetoric that you rant about….that WAS NOT the point.

      Listen… the ONLY OFFICIAL EVIDENCE is EVIDENCE FROM THE POLICE…. your words….” Certain statements were made during this interview that are material to this case “… you know that ? were you there ? bring your proof…that IS HEAR SAY …and ANY JUDGE MAGISTRATE OR LAWYER would tell you so.Any body can say ANYTHING at ANYTIME.
      A man was arrested …DO YOU THINK THAT HE WAS ARRESTED BY WHAT WAS SAID IN THE PRESS ???…the Police obviously INTERVIEWED ,investigated and arrested

  10. Sherlock Holmes. July 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    First thing first that is when the police is interviewing an accused person and that caution you used is based on American law,we operate by rules known as the judges rules and the caution is not administered to a complainant, i do not know who have been fooling you that you know something about the law,the caution is administered to a suspect who has been accused of committing an offence,it is posed when the accused person is first told of the offense and later when there are formally charged, you need to do your research and stop parading as though you know of what you speak.,evidence is also obtained from witnesses Einstein and it is used corroborate evidence obtained by the police,and by the way a person can write their own statement if they so desire,and the caution that is administered to an accused person being interviewed concerning a matter which it is suspected that they have been involved,reads you are not obliged to say anything but whatever you say will be taken down in writing and given in evidence, that is the caution used before a person is arrested and formally charged.Now see if you can understand this the victim was interviewed by the media,and it was him that i was solely referring to,and i clearly stated that given the circumstances whereby he was obviously sedated,and in pain it was not the appropriate thing to do lest he said something that could have compromised his own case.

  11. Sherlock Holmes. July 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Forgot this critical part……so let me make the correction,should read you are not obliged to say anything unless you wish to do so… it relates to the caution.

  12. harry turnover July 15, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Sherlock Holmes WHY do you like to engage in a whole load of RHETORIC ALL THE TIME ??
    Can’t you UNDERSTAND that ,,,that article carried carried by Barbados Today CANNOT be used as EVIDENCE IN A COURT OF LAW ????…IT CANNOT !!!
    Maybe the POLICE here don’t read you your rights…BUT THE SAME PRINCIPLE IS APPLIED HERE.IF I am CONSTANTLY telling YOU that the ONLY OFFICIAL EVIDENCE TAKEN DURING AN INTERVIEW is the one CONDUCTED BY THE POLICE is admissible in COURT… would ONLY MEAN that ANYTHING he says to the POLICE would be used as evidence in COURT ….and that applies to the victim as well as the suspect.
    You said the suspect is NOT caution and read his rights here I don’t know ……BUT the end result IS THE SAME…..THE INFORMATION TAKEN BY THE POLICE and NOT BARBADOS TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL EVIDENCE that the COURT WILL LISTEN TO….lord have mercy !!…you head hard man !!
    “EVIDENCE is also obtained from witnesses Einstein and it is used corroborate evidence obtained by the POLICE ” and da en what I did telling you ALL THE TIME?. EVIDENCE…. OBTAINED FROM THE POLICE………NOT BARBADOS TODAY !..obviously it doesn’t occur to you EINSTEIN that the EVIDENCE obtained from witnesses will
    would have been gathered by the POLICE and NOT BARBADOS TODAY.
    Man you gine round in circles ALL THE TIME and coming right back at what I have been saying from day ONE….EVIDENCE OBTAINED BY THE POLICE….ya gine soon get giddy and fall down.

  13. Sherlock Holmes. July 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I said the complainant is not cautioned, i said that an accused person is cautioned,or in your words read their rights.Read again carefully and you will understand a thing or two about the procedure.

    • harry turnover July 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      You gone now from EVIDENCE INTERVIEWS and the Police to who the Police cautions now,when that is NOT THE TOPIC.

      .READ my latest post in an UPRIGHT POSITION cause ya like ya reading it hand standing on what I said about the Police cautioning people.

      Sherlock Holmes ya GIDDY …go and drink some peppermint tea and lie down and sleep.


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