Mother vows to take legal action

The mother of an accused man is threatening to take legal action against the Royal Barbados Police Force for mistreating her son.

An emotional Suzanne Gaskin, whose 23-year-old son Rico Coco Gaskin is accused of assaulting two lawmen last week during a police chase at Farnums Land, Chapman Lane, St Michael, told Barbados TODAY she has the video evidence to support her case.

Her son –– a former Junior Calypso Monarch –– was charged over the weekend with two counts of endangering life, two counts of assault and one count of criminal damage.

When the Lowthers Hill, St Patricks resident appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today, he was remanded to prison until February 9.

Suzanne Gaskin said she will do whatever she has to do to get justice for her son.
Suzanne Gaskin said she will do whatever she has to do to get justice for her son.

“It is hurting like it never hurt before,” Gaskin said of the treatment she said was meted out to her son by lawmen.

“If I, Suzanne Gaskin, have to spend my last cent, I have to get something called justice in Barbados, I have to. If it takes me until I’m grey and bending I am going to the end. He is a human being. Rico was not dragged up, Rico was brought up and [they] cannot expect to treat human beings like them treat Rico. No, it would not end here!”

A distraught Gaskin said she also feared that her son could die in prison from a gunshot wound to his shoulder which he sustained during the incident with police – a fear echoed by other Chapman Lane residents.

“What I am [fearful] about for Rico is going to prison with that bullet still in his shoulder and Rico still gets severe pain. There was a guy that went to prison a couple months ago with a bullet in his foot and he is dead. I do not want that to happen to my son,” she said.

Gaskin was referring to 21-year-old murder accused Renaco Callender, who died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 8, 2014.

Officials said Callender, who was accused of killing entertainer Irvin Fatman Weekes, died as a result of complications from colorectal cancer, but the family insisted it was caused by an untreated bullet wound to his left leg.

Yesterday, residents of Chapman Lane showed Barbados TODAY various areas that had been damaged by bullets during last week’s police chase in which Gaskin was shot. They have complained that police officers endangered the lives of their children who were playing in the neighbourhood when they discharged their firearms.

Rico Gaskin was remanded to prison.
Rico Gaskin was remanded to prison.

The residents continued to demand justice and accused police of targeting young men in their community.

When asked to respond to the allegations, police public relations officer Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch would only say: “There’s an ongoing internal investigation into the sentiments expressed by persons into the matter so I cannot, at this time, comment anymore on the situation.”

7 Responses to Mother vows to take legal action

  1. Katrina P Lewis
    Katrina P Lewis January 13, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Post the video

  2. BrooklynStake Shortt
    BrooklynStake Shortt January 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Two counts of endangering lives! It would seem that the persons to be charged for endangering lives, would have been the officers that shot into a crown of children and other innocent bystanders, who were socializing outside their homes. This lady should go to the area where he was shot, rally with other parents, hire a good lawyer and proceed from there.This young man did not seem to be wanted for some serious crime. They could have apprehended him on another occasion, in a more safe manner. If these officers continue to do mess like this, they are in for a serious 2015. There is nothing more dangerous than fedup people!

    • Ken Debajee
      Ken Debajee January 13, 2015 at 1:32 am

      brooklyn.. i hope you was there , now tell me again how bajan police shoot in a crowd of children sound like a real goat cunt remark, i’m hoping when the police read this, you get arrested for lying on facebook

  3. DAP January 13, 2015 at 4:53 am

    We must call a spade a spade yes you are the mother and he was brought up with great values,then became a man and got caught up in bad company,now question yourself he could of put your life in danger it might have been different it might have been someone that he did shit too shooting through your house because they could not get him.
    Why was he running from the police in the first place? i know you is his mother and you feel pain but you know the saying,hard ears you would not hear own way you will feel.

  4. Dani-L January 13, 2015 at 4:56 am

    It is a worrying trend when people in communities “hide up” criminals and then cry down the law for doing their job. Suppose Gaskin had a fire arm and shot at the police then what??? Would Gaskin be “scolded” like the police or be a “hero”? Stupse… it amazes me how narrow minded some people are… just remember the police who you curse are the same ones you will end up calling if you’re in distress. To Gaskin’s mother… her comments aren’t surprising this “he’s a good boy” mantra but if he was “so good” why he running from the law??? Do you really die from a bullet in your shoulder??? Come on now… that’s her son so I guess she has the right to “seek justice” needless to say but the law has to protect the society form these “good boys”!

  5. Donna January 13, 2015 at 11:28 am

    What happened, mum? What went wrong? Seems like your son had lots of promise. If he was badly treated fight for justice. Be prepared to fight until you are old and grey because justice is almost non-existent for the ordinary citizen of this country. To those who know this the threat of legal action is no deterrent since you could be in your dotage before the case is resolved You will need to be a pit bull, indeed! If Rico needs a turnaround in his life work with him. It is not too late to remind him from whence he came and who he used to be. Praying for you and for this jungle we call a country.

  6. blessed January 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    when the fellas were coming in chapman lane shooting bout like madmen all the same residents were begging the police to come down there….now they there trying to stop the shooting this woman vex……..amazing…..


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