Hang him, please!

As family members and relatives of the six young women who perished in the Campus Trendz fire nearly six years ago discussed today’s guilty verdict handed down against Jamar Dewayne Bynoe, they could not agree whether or not he should die by hanging.

And those in favour of Bynoe facing the executioner had little confidence that he would be put to death.

Bynoe, 25, was today found guilty of murdering Shanna Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding by setting fire to the Tudor Street boutique following a robbery on September 3, 2010. He was sentenced to die by hanging.

Following the verdict, Tiffany’s loved ones gathered at the Upper Collymore Rock, St Michael house where she lived with her grandmother Cecily Harding, who is abroad at present.

They were having a passionate discussion about the sentence, most agreeing that the convicted killer should not be allowed to live, even though they were cognisant that the last hanging took place here in 1984.

“He want hanging, but he ain’t getting hang. He going back to jail and that is home for he. After spending some time in there, he gine become a trustee.

Michael Harding was doubtful that a hanging would take place.
Michael Harding was doubtful that a hanging would take place.

“Eat bread, get fat, and live sweet off of taxpayers’ money. That is what he will get for killing six sweet girls that ain’t coming back to them family,” Tiffany’s cousin Michael Harding said.

Another cousin, Waveney Williams, was not in court when the verdict was handed down. She said she would have been there had she known about it because she wanted to see the face of the man who killed her cousin after he learned of his fate. Williams said nearly six years later they still mourn Tiffany’s passing.

“We miss Tiffany so bad everyday. She used to be here with we liming and thing. This is five years now we missing she. But, that is life. I have to call the aunt overseas and let her tell the grandmother [about the verdict],” Williams said.

Kellishaw’s aunt Althea Hadaway believes that justice would only be served if Bynoe were executed.
Kellishaw’s aunt Althea Hadaway believes that justice would only be served if Bynoe were executed.

Over at Wellington Street, The City, Kellishaw’s aunt Althea Hadaway pondered the verdict.

Like Tiffany’s relatives, she believed that justice would only be served if Bynoe were executed. However, she was doubtful.

“They don’t really hang in this country, so I am hoping that it actually happens because at least that would bring a little peace. He did this to people that were trying to do their job,” Hadaway told Barbados TODAY.

However, Doriel Skinner, the spokesperson for Shana’s family, was of the opinion that the convicted killer should not be hanged.

Skinner did not say whether or not he believed in the death penalty, but he felt the punishment would be greater and the satisfaction sweeter if Bynoe were to live with the burden of killing six young women for “a handful of dollars”.

“Let him live and suffer through it as these families are doing right now. Right now I don’t feel anyway for him, and that is from my heart.

“So hang him, leave him there, whatever. My concern is for Shanna’s family because they live with it everyday,” Skinner stressed.

It was Nikkita’s father Gordon Cummins who summed up the sentiments of those who feared that Bynoe would never be put to death for his crimes.

Cummins today recalled the last words his daughter spoke to him as she left their Shop Hill, St Thomas home that September evening.

“Dad I’m gone,” he repeated to Barbados TODAY as he deliberated on the time it took to get to this point.

And, Cummins concluded, the sentence was a waste of time.   

“Hang what? Them ain’t hanging them. Them up there getting treat good like the rest,” the father said.

“The sentence can’t take away the memory of she telling me she gone and then next thing I down Baxter’s Road and she in a building dead,” Cummins added.


3 Responses to Hang him, please!

  1. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne July 2, 2016 at 2:06 am

    There needs to be a constitutional amendment. There needs to be something added that persons on death row for longer than 5-6 years shouldn’t be construed as cruel and unusual punishment necessitating a commuting to life in prison. The thing is, appeals alone may take that timeframe and there shouldn’t be a rush to hang.
    Persons should have their time to prove why innocent or why judgement was flawed. However once time is up and no overturn has been done, the original sentence should still be able to be carried out.

  2. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke July 2, 2016 at 2:37 am

    We’re voting for constitutional reform and for constitutional hangings next general election.

  3. Kayai Kamara July 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

    As usual most people do not understand what they read in the Bible. Forgiving a person do not mean that the consequences of the actions disappear. When u kill someone the consequences continue to exist whether u are forgiven or not. The person remains dead, a child still have no mother or father, a parent still have no son or daughter, a family still mourn for a loved one. No matter how much you forgive, the consequences of the murder remain. I mean, forgiving do not mean that the bullet from the gun that is fired reverses & go back into the gun & the bullet-hole instantly disappear & the dead person gets up & walk again.
    But guess what? This is what many people who speak of forgiveness always overlook. The fact that the consequences of the murder also remain for the murderer despite the fact that he is forgiven. He still have to answer for that crime & pay the price. If the penalty is imprisonment, he still will be imprisoned. And if the penalty is execution, guess what? He still should be executed.
    No matter how much u are forgiven or not forgiven, there will always be consequences for your actions.


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