Gang warfare threatens to sink the Jolly Roger
The man at the helm of the company that owns the Jolly Roger said he was frustrated with the recent gang-related shootings occurring around his business.
An angry Managing Director of Black Pearl Party Cruises Martin Bynoe simply wants those involved in the violence to get lost.
“Keep it in your community, keep it in your gang-infested lives; don’t bring it around my boat or my business.”
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Bynoe asked not to be photographed because he feared that he could become a target.
However, he was passionate in his criticism of the violence that has marred some of his activities. In the latest incident, three people were shot last Sunday while getting off the vessel after a cruise.
“What happened last Sunday was a gang-related incident, nothing to do with my boat. All the shootings which have happened are gang-related and they are brought here by people who live a gangster life,” an annoyed Bynoe said.
He added that it was affecting his business “terribly” because “the public is scared to come on my boat”.
Bynoe said he had done all he could to protect his property.
“My security on the boat is exactly what the police want. I have done everything the police have asked – from metal detectors to walk-through body scanners, four to six guards on every cruise – but these cruises are affected by onshore persons – people who wait for the cruise to come back in then to shoot at someone coming off,” he charged.
Within the last six months there have been three gun-related incidents surrounding the boat. In addition to Sunday’s shootings, in April, two men were shot after leaving a cruise aboard the Jolly Roger and on June 9, Rico Reid, 23, was shot and killed in Wharf Road before he was able to board the boat.
In Sunday night’s incident, Ronisha Wilkinson, a 17-year-old mother of Grazettes, St Michael was shot at the back of her head, while 19-year-old Kemari Lewis of Black Rock, St Michael was allegedly shot in the left shoulder and Kadeem Maycock, 20, of Baxters Road was shot in his left foot. They were all rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.
So frustrated is Bynoe by recent occurrences of gun violence that he is prepared to take a financial hit by suspending all night cruises.
“Although suspending night cruises would mean a 40 per cent decrease in revenue, I am seriously considering it,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“My greatest concern is that my crew and my captains are hurt by these gang-related shootings that are taking place around my business, I am very glad that no one died on Sunday,” Bynoe added.