Campus Trendz civil suit still on

With the building which once housed the now infamous Campus Trendz now demolished, social activist David Comissiong is ensuring the memories of those who died there are buried beneath the rubble.

The attorney-at-law Tuesday insisted he would continue to pursue a civil suit against the state, the business operator, and the two men found guilty of killing six young women in a fire there nearly seven years ago.

It was on September 3, 2010 that Jamar Bynoe, 19, of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael and Renaldo Alleyne, 21, of Prescod Bottom, Hindsbury Road, St Michael, threw an incendiary device into Campus Trendz on Tudor Street, The City, after taking an undisclosed sum of money, starting a blaze that took the lives of Shauna Griffith, Nikkita Belgrave, Pearl Cornelius, Tiffany Harding, Kellishaw Olivierre and Kelly Ann Welch.

Alleyne was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter, while Bynoe was found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang.

However, Comissiong, who represents the families of three of the deceased women, today insisted there would be no retreat as he seeks compensation for the families.

“The case is very much ongoing. As far as I am aware the five families who filed civil suits are committed to seeing the case through to the very end,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“I filed a civil case against the two young men and the Government because I am alleging negligence on the part of the Ministry of Labour, the Chief Labour Officer, the Fire Department, the owners of the building and the operator of the business.”

Stressing that he was seeking unspecified damages, the attorney-at-law said he was ready to proceed with the case management and was looking forward to a court date.

However, he said he was waiting for lawyers for one of the two young men to file a defence.

“The families are committed to the civil proceedings because they feel that there was a large element of negligence that brought about the deaths of these three young women. The two young men committed criminal acts of assault and arson and they are responsible for their actions. However, at the same time had there not been negligence in terms of lack of fire escapes, the barring of windows those six young women would not have perished in the fire,” he said.

6 Responses to Campus Trendz civil suit still on

  1. Bobo April 5, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Government negligence—This is one time i agree with Comissiong-An acting government is-to create and apply civil laws to protect and guide the citizens, instead, Barbados government create laws that remained in the filing cabinet.

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  2. Bajan April 5, 2017 at 5:57 am

    MR. Comissiong I support you on this 100%. The shared opinion of a lot of Barbadians is that the Barbados Fire Service (BFS) had a catastrophic performance failure on that day. Those girls should be alive today. Despite this being classified as a mass murder and the apparent blunders of the BFS, the government, for whatever reason, refused to hold an independent public inquiry into the BFS actions or non-actions on what the public believes should have been a successful standard rescue of those girls from that fire. It’s in the public’s interest to have transparency on this tragedy by opening this can-of-worms with the intent to bring peace to the families, to identify the failures and inadequacies of the BFS on that day, to fix what is broken and to restore confidence in the BFS.

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  3. The Negrocrat April 5, 2017 at 6:44 am

    David Comissiong, our one man army.

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  4. hcalndre April 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Attorney Comissiong if not you who else is there to fight for the rights of these young ladies who lost their lives through criminal acts and negligence on all that you have mention. The landlord is lucky that this happen in barbados and not the US because he/she would not like the results of having a public place rented with no fire escape. I witness firemen going into burning buildings looking for any person that may not get out and I heard that these young ladies died from smoke inhalation, while the firemen ran around the outside.

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  5. Mikey April 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    No body in Barbados gets punished for negligence, especially somebody from the BFS ??? or RBPF ???
    Was there something about millions of dollars missing from a police station ???

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  6. True bajan April 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I will say this you who don’t have any ideas about Firefighters and their jobs. Those officers risk they lives every they for your country. They are the only ones that when you call come right away. It’s quite annoying to hear you all blame the fire department. Do you know how fast fire spreads? Every 30 seconds it get ten times bigger. When did the fire department get the call for the fire? When did the police get the call for a rubbery? Get the answer to those questions my friend. How is it the when the fire department arrived the road was already cornered off. The human body can not survive with out air after 30 seconds, you will be unconscious and with in a minute the heart stops. So ask your self is the fire department as fault. The person at fault is the Government the would not pass the building code that addresses all of those issues. It’s is very sad that those girls lost their lives but what have you done at a citizen to make sure it don’t happen again. This is how I see it when we stop thinking about our self and think about country that is the only way we will be a better society.

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