Bullen admits to killing teen

Ten years after 14-year-old Kalifa Downes went missing, the man responsible for killing her and dumping her body has pleaded guilty.

But even before Ryan Antonio Oneal Bullen owned up in the High Court Thursday to the manslaughter of the Lower Burney, St Michael girl, the court heard, he had admitted to police that he had raped the teen before fatally stabbing her.

Bullen’s guilty plea came just over three years after he was arrested and charged in connection with Downes’ death.

Kalifa’s father, Darnley Alleyne, had reported the teen missing on April 18, 2007. He told lawmen at the time that he had last seen her around 10 p.m. five days earlier.

Alleyne explained that it was not unusual for his daughter to leave home for a few days, as she had spent time at her boyfriend’s residence on previous occasions.

The father’s pronouncements led police to the home of the boyfriend, Damien Delpleshe, but he told police that he had not seen Kalifa for the same period.

Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts told the court presided over by Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius that the teen’s body was found two days after she was reported missing, in the Pine pasture near Pine Hill Dairy.

The police investigation into her death continued, but the case went cold and was unsolved for six years.

Lawmen finally cracked the case by following leads on a mobile phone sim card that had been taken from the dead girl’s cellular phone. Their investigations led them to Bullen who was found to be using the sim card.

The killer, then 35, was taken into custody on November 13, 2013 and he told lawmen he was walking through a track behind the Pine area when he met the girl. Bullen said he stopped and asked her a question and they began talking. In his statement to investigators Bullen also admitted that he had unprotected sex with the teenager.

“I . . . asked her for sex, she say ‘no’. Then I pull my knife and grab she by she hand . . . and I pull her towards the bushy area . . . pull down she pants and had sex with her,” he said.

In the statement read by the Crown’s representative, Bullen also revealed that it was when he snatched Downes’ mobile phone that she used the opportunity to attack him.

“I lash out at her with de hand that had de knife . . . I see she stop and fall to the ground. I went and check . . . and realized she was not moving,” he told police.

Bullen said when he noticed the girl was dead, he dragged her to another area and left the body. He then took the sim card out of her phone and threw away the phone in a bushy area on the opposite side.

The sim was inserted in other phones which Bullen used.

The prosecutor confirmed that the autopsy on Downes’ decomposing body showed that she had died from injuries to the heart, caused by a sharp instrument.

The court heard today that this crime was not Bullen’s first brush with the law. His conviction card showed that he had committed rape, theft, robbery, assault and criminal damage in the past.

Bullen, who is represented by attorney-at-law Marlon Gordon, returns to court on March 2 for sentencing.

Justice Cornelius ordered a report on his time in prison and a pre-sentencing report for that date.

24 Responses to Bullen admits to killing teen

  1. Irie Harrison
    Irie Harrison February 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    wdf give him life

  2. Ashlee Bedford
    Ashlee Bedford February 3, 2017 at 12:00 am


  3. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea February 3, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Life in prison for you.

  4. MMBannister February 3, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I think it is unfortunate that a known repeat offender of serious criminal activity was still roaming the streets of Barbados. It is high time for a national database of sex offenders. What further disturbs me is that he is afforded the charged of manslaughter. He raped her and discarded her body like waste and robbed her of life and to show he had no remorse for the evil hideous act he committed he took a trophy of a cell phone card. If the justice system in Barbados continues as is, I hope it is prepared for vigilante justice. A hideous crime was committed here and the punishment should be befitting of the crime.

  5. Rick February 3, 2017 at 5:47 am

    He should be sentenced to hang even though it may not happen, let him sit on death row never know if he will truly hang. This is not the type of person you ever want walking freely again.

  6. Storm February 3, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Did I just read that at 14 years this girl was used to spending time at her boyfriend?

    Give that demon life in jail cause we don’t hang anyone.

  7. Mzfinesse February 3, 2017 at 7:33 am

    What report on time in prison!!! Stupessss. Death row and done wid he rass

  8. The Negrocrat February 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Opps, Sorry!
    That is what we should be told after they hang his ass.

  9. kathy-Ann Clarke February 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

    20 years older than the young girl. You should be an example to her, a protector. But, no, you rape and kill that girl. Shame on you.

  10. Ejd February 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I am glad tha Darnley will finall have closure. He has gone through so much in his life.

  11. Hiklass February 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

    De same way he kill she,he should be torture ppl like he should be shot in the spine not to be dead but seriously paralyzed & lft to suffer he want hanging on the Garrison pasture.

  12. Haro February 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Six years to find a murderer? Six years to realize the killer was using her sim card. Do you know how many people he could have raped and killed in six years. Something wrong with the policing in Bdos.

  13. Janice HindsHinds February 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    He should be sentenced to death. Life in prison is too easy for this heinous act he committed. I have no remorse for him. Condolences to the family and may the young girl rest in peace and light perpetual shine on her.

  14. Car_lea February 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    What I don’t understand is how at 14 yrs it was normal for her to be spending days at a boyfriend. Sad way to die tho.

  15. jrsmith February 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Serious punishment , he should be given at least 40 years …
    Give that young lady family , something to smile about along with closure …….

  16. Mac February 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    A fourteen year old spending days at her boyfriend.
    What was her father thinking.

  17. Krystal downes February 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I would like to know how i could hear about my sisters case on the internet an no one from my family was informed…smh to the authorities

  18. Bill February 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Unfortunately manslaughter does not carry the death penalty so he could be out much sooner than any of us would wish!

  19. Anthony durant February 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    De judge should be asking about the catnine tail is instead of a f——g report

  20. Rocky February 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    What if they mis spoke and wanted to say, she spent time at her mother’s house, instead. Don’t rush to judgement.

  21. Paula February 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    He should be left to suffer in his own little demonized world, should never see daylight ever again, inhumane act

  22. Sherlock Holmes. February 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    This is a heinous crime,i often wonder what constitutes manslaughter.This fiend premeditated this act which was calculated and intended to cause the death of the victim. I see malice in his actions,these manslaughter charges are purely a mockery of the system, anyway i am pleased that he was not the sharpest tool in the shed as the sim card led to his arrest,my sympathies even though time has passed to her family.

  23. Callender February 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Finally there is closure

  24. Peppa February 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Judge not yes b judge right but reading this it broke my heart. Hung him


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