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.

Owner of the Jolly Roger Martin Bynoe says the recent gang-related shootings are affecting his business.
Owner of the Jolly Roger Martin Bynoe says the recent gang-related shootings are affecting his business.

“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.

Source: (KH)

5 Responses to Gang warfare threatens to sink the Jolly Roger

  1. Donna Harewood August 10, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Keep it in your communities???????? Soooooo…… you are saying you don’t care about those in the same communities who are innocent bystanders? Hmmmm……

  2. Richard BRAITHWAITE August 10, 2016 at 6:04 am

    The jolly Roger is a major tourist attraction….
    If the Rbpf …don’t get a grip on …GUN crime on the island….
    Tourist ….will look somewhere else…!
    In my opinion ….The government of Barbados…are impotent….!
    Earn your….salaries , and get a bloody grip ..
    on this…..nonsense….!!!!!!!

  3. Tony Webster August 10, 2016 at 9:53 am

    @Donna Harewood: lady, the comment which you take issue with, might at first glance seem callous, But waidaminit: do we not have many local communities, where not only is such crazy, “Wild West” activity common-place, but such is now ingrained, and “normal”… And indeed accepted by the residents ar such. All he is saying is that if there are citizens who are happy with such, to keep it there and do not endanger the lives of others in other places, who find such behaviors anathema to civilised human behavior, and a blot on the fair face of this country. If he closes down the Jolly Roger cruises, ask the employees if they have any comment to make. Better yet, ask those employees Right now, whose livlihoods are now threatened, if they find fault with mr.
    Bynoe’s comments.

    Ever heard of For God.’s sake, and your own edification, please look it up!

  4. Alex Alleyne August 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

    First we must look at which “communities” are supplying the guns . These fools that are out there blasting away are not the importers of weapons.

  5. J. Payne August 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Is de communities smoking the drugs which brining in the guns.


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